Live music is a universal language, transcending cultural and language barriers. With its powerful ability to stir emotions, evoke memories, and form deep connections, music is magical. An experience with private live music is even more unforgettable, offering an intimate connection between the artist and the audience. In a world where we often share our musical experiences in crowded venues, it’s a true privilege to experience a private encounter with musicians and their craft. We look at 7 of our most unique private live music experiences, from an exclusive concert in Hue to a recording session in Nashville. 

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1. Experience an exclusive sunset dinner with local musicians in Rajasthan, India

Indian man plays traditional musical instrument in Jaipur Rajasthan India

The northern Indian state of Rajasthan has a rich cultural identity, and music is at the heart of it. Its desert folk songs have been passed down through generations for centuries, and there are several instruments only found in Rajasthan, including the dholak drum and the 17-stringed kamaicha.

You’ll be enchanted by the evocative sounds of Rajasthan’s desert folk music at an exclusive sunset banquet. As the sun sets over the soaring sand dunes of the Thar Desert, you’ll dine on traditional nomadic dishes, while local musicians serenade you with their distinct melodies. As the stars appear in the dark night sky, you’ll feel swept away in the magic of the music and the ancient desert. 

Experience this on: Imperial Rajasthan

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2. Enjoy a private concert at Camille Huyen’s family home in Hue, Vietnam

Glowing houses lining the canal at night in Hue Vietnam

In the historic city of Hue, Luxury Gold guests will be invited into the home of the celebrated painter and singer, Camille Huyen. You’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and a private concert, with Camille serenading the group with traditional music. You’ll also explore the authentic home she shares with her husband, learning about their captivating journey and the dream that guided them back to Vietnam. A blend of music, art, and storytelling creates an unforgettable evening.

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3. Record a song in a private session in Studio B in Nashville, USA

country music show at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville USA

It’s one thing to listen to private live music. It’s another thing entirely to create it yourself. Luxury Gold guests will join a professional sound engineer at Nashville’s iconic Studio B, where you’ll record a take-home song, just as legends like Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton have done here before. Studio B was a cradle of music in the 1950s and 60s, with everyone from the Everly Brothers to Roy Orbison, Chet Atkins and Eddy Arnold recording here. 

As part of this rare recording session, you’ll also have a private session with a Nashville singer/songwriter to learn the stories behind the icons and how they created their famous songs – from the first notes to global success. Later, you’ll enjoy a live country music show at the Grand Ole Opry. 

If you’re traveling on a Founder’s Collection departure, you’ll even meet a music legend. You could meet the renowned Brenda Lee, the top-charting solo female singer in the 1960s, or Charlie McCoy, the Grammy-winning legend who’s collaborated with the likes of Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Loretta Lynn.

Experience this on: Southern Grace

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4. Witness a private musical performance in Neputa Village, Japan

Taiko drummers in Japan

The Tsugaru-han Neputa Village in the city of Hirosaki is home to the remarkable traditional arts and crafts of the region. You’ll see colorful decorations and enormous, intricate floats being prepared by skilled craftsmen for the summer festival, Neputa Matsuri. They take almost a year to create and will be paraded through the streets during this 300-year-old festival that also features vibrant performances of the Tsugaru-jamisen.

You’ll also witness a private music performance of Tsugaru Shamisen guitar and Taiko drumming. The rhythmic, heart-pounding beats of the drum combined with the soulful guitar strings tell spirited stories of ancient Japan. It’s a truly special experience to watch this traditional performance in such an intimate setting. 

Experience this on: Majestic Japan

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5. Experience traditional Māori music in Rotorua, New Zealand

Maori people in traditional dress in New Zealand

Get a rich insight into the culture of Māori, New Zealand’s Indigenous people, with this incredible experience in Rotorua. You’ll stroll through the ancient forest village with your local Māori guide and learn about traditional art forms. Later, you’ll indulge in a Hāngī feast, cooked traditionally in a pit oven using geothermal steam at Te Pā Tū. As you dig into your unique meal, you’ll witness a live cultural performance showcasing ancient stories, songs and performing arts. See the iconic Haka (war dance) and action dances, all surrounded by the enchanting forest of Rotorua. 

Experience this on: The Long White Cloud

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6. Enjoy a private performance of Cante Alentejano in Lisbon, Portugal

Two fado guitarists in Lisbon Portugal

Luxury Gold guests will enjoy a delicious Portuguese lunch all while witnessing a private live music performance of Cante Alentejano, a traditional polyphonic singing style from the Alentejo region of Portugal. This unique musical art form is characterized by its rich harmonies and distinctive vocal techniques. The soloists lead a verse and the group creates a powerful harmony. The mesmerizing songs tell the stories of love, nature, work and daily life in the rural region. The music is a beautiful way to get an insight into this regional culture. Cante Alentejano has been recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, for its cultural significance in the Alentejo region.

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7. Witness Indigenous music with Cree Warrior Women in the Canadian Rockies

Cree Warrior Woman playing a traditional drum on the lake shore in Jasper Canada

Luxury Gold guests go beyond the spectacular landscapes of the Canadian Rockies, connecting with the traditional owners of the land. We’ll meet some of the First Nations Cree Warrior Women from the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation in this exclusive, intimate experience. You’ll have the opportunity to talk with women, including matriarchs Matricia and Mackenzie Brown. Y learn about their Indigenous spirituality, culture and connection to their land. We’ll sit down to enjoy a fireside barbecue, all while witnessing a musical performance of storytelling through drumming and song. Set on the shores of Trefoil Lake in Jasper, you’ll gaze up at the beautiful Pyramid Mountain as you listen to the rhythmic drumming and singing. 

Experience this on: Majesty of the Rockies

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