A Brief Biography
Over the Years
His exceptional musical career showcases professional expertise in jazz, rock, electronic music, and orchestral composition, along with two decades of studying and performing Hindustani classical music.
Hans is the recipient of eighteen national and international awards and grants, including the Louis Armstrong Outstanding Musician award, and was also appointed as an Ohio Arts Council Artist in Residence.
The musical journey of Hans Utter began at the tender age of five and has witnessed a captivating journey through western classical music, jazz to Indian classical music and the mesmerizing modal music of Central Asia and the Middle East. Early in his life, Hans developed proficiency in playing the guitar and honed his skills across various genres such as jazz, rock, blues, and classical music. He has opened for famous artists like REO Speedwagon and Jimmie Buffet, was invited for session work as a Guitarist for Public Enemy and Dr. Dre and was the featured artist at Riyad 2020 in Saudi Arabia along celebrities like Jimmie Vaugn and Steven Segal. He has performed at venues such as the Lincoln Theater, the Chicago Jazz Festival, and at the World Cup in Indiana.
Hans had the privilege of meeting Ustad Shujaat Khan and becoming his Shagrid (disciple). Ustad Shujaat Khan (link his page here) comes from Imdad Khan gharana, an unbroken line of seven generations of great musicians, which has made significant contributions to the development of Indian Classical Music. As a disciple of Ustad Shujaat Khan, son of the illustrious sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan, Hans has trained intensively in India for nearly two decades, eventually becoming an exponent of the Imdad Khan gharana. It has led him on a remarkable musical journey, performing and captivating audiences throughout India with his mesmerizing sitar performances.
Central Asia & the Middle East
As a Music Composer
As a Performer
In a band
As an Academic
His research on the cutting-edge integrated mind/body music pedagogy, the Imdad Khan gharana, and the music and culture of the Silk Road has been presented throughout the world through concerts, lectures, and workshops. His workshops on music and healing, nada yoga, and Sufi music performances reflect his dedication to healing and transformative powers of music.
As an Author
Excellence in Education
B.A. in Liberal Arts
University of Iowa, 1999.
Diploma in Sitar
Diploma in Hindi
Landour Language School, 1993.
As a teacher, he strives to promote community development and positive international relations by increasing the awareness and appreciation of world music. He has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the world.
Assam Women’s University, India.
Since 2021, Hans has been teaching Research Methodology at the Assam Women’s University, India.
The Ohio State University, US
From 2010 session to the 2012 session, Hans taught at the OSU on the following subjects:
- The World of Music: Music and culture of the world
- History of Rock and Roll: Roots of Rock from the 19th to the 21st century.
Capital University, Ohio, US
During the winter semester of 2012, Hans took classes on Music Literature II – American popular music from the 19th century to the present.
The Ohio State University, US
From 2003 to 2008, Hans was teaching history of music including:
- The World of Music: Music and culture of the world.
- The History of Rock and Roll: Roots of Rock from the 19th to the 21st century.
- History of Western Art Music: Middle Ages through 20th century.
Arts Learning Educator
Ohio Arts Council, USA
From the beginning of 2011, Hans has been contributing as an Arts Learning Educator at Ohio Arts Council.
He is the proud recipient of eighteen prestigious National and International Awards and Grants.
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