Galen Passen is a sitarist, composer, and visual artist based in Brooklyn, NYC. He performs within the realms of Hindustani classical music, experimental composition, contemporary dance, and multi media movement theatre. He has had the privilege of performing at such prestigious venues as SPAC (Saratoga Performing Arts Center), legendary folk venue Caffe Lena, The Center for Remembering and Sharing (CRS), Chhandayan Center for Indian Music, and Pioneer Works amongst others. He has worked with The Pittsburgh Opera, Brooklyn Raga Massive, Ollom Art Dance Company, The Silk Road Project’s GMW, and Korean Piri master, Gamin Kang. His visual work has been commissioned for book and album covers, and personal collections. He received his bachelors degree from Goddard College whose emphasis on social ethics and critical thinking helped to expand his view on the simultaneous roles of artist and thinker.