Roger Lipson has played the classical music of India since 1988, and he has toured all over the country. He trained on the sitar under Pandit Krishna Mohan Bhatt of Jaipur, India, and master musician Frank Menusan of New York City. Roger also plays the shehnai (sometimes described as the Indian oboe), an historic instrument which is featured in Indian weddings and temple ceremonies. For the shehnai, Roger studied with Pandit Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, including an intensive residency in Benares, India.
Roger's sitar can also be heard in modern collaborations: on recent albums “The Tipping Point” by The Cringe, and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band” by The Easy Star All Stars, as well as on the Nova episode “Saved by the Sun” for PBS. The Beatles, and their work with Ravi Shankar, were an early influence, and as a “rock ‘n' roller” Roger has played all over the tristate area: B.B. King’s in Times Square, The State Theatre of NJ, and other venues; he can be seen locally playing with Beatlestock and Bubble.