SRINIVAS REDDY & SAMEER GUPTA

Srinivas Reddy and Sameer Gupta are a dynamic young sitar and tabla duet dedicated to preserving the Hindustani classical music tradition of North India.
During the Spring of 2008 they will be traveling throughout California to perform and conduct lecture demonstrations.


TOUR DETAILS


Rag Kedar - Vilambit Gat in Tintal
Live at the RedPoppy Arthouse (SF) 2007

Rag Marubehag - Drut Gat in Tintal
Live at the Sangati Center (SF) 2007

Rag Marwa - Jhalla
Live at the Sangati Center (SF) 2007



"Each weekend, the Art House hosts its International Concert series, which is dedicated to presenting top-caliber Bay Area, National and International artists in performances that draw from diverse cultural traditions. Through this mission, we have come across the tremendous duo of Sameer Gupta and Srinivas Reddy. I personally first heard Sameer play more than a year and a half ago, and have since seen him in over eighteen performances within the Indian Classical tradition, the Jazz tradition, and meldings of the two. On stage, he is a force, both personally engaging to watch, and dynamic to listen to. The first time I heard Srini play, also more than a year ago, I recall feeling distinctly that his tones had somehow lifted the audience, as if we were all being nourished by the music. These two have played numerous shows at my venue, each well attended by solid audiences, who had come to experience both the tradition which these musicians represent, as well as their personal interpretations, nuances and developments. I highly recommend them as they will surely play a fantastic show, and contribute much to the community in attendance."
Meklit Hadero, Director Red Poppy Arthouse
"Indian classical music involves a tradition not only of artistic knowledge and virtuostic skill, but also of a very pure sort of dedication to music as a spiritual practice. It is this that sets apart the sitar and tabla performances of Srinivas Reddy and Sameer Gupta, who besides having a traditional, yet fresh and inspired approach, as well as a remarkable rapport, also bring a contemplative tinge to their art. Expect all the stunning musicality of instrumental Indian classical music as you've seen it before, as well as a depth that is a little more rare. They are a well-loved duo in the Bay Area,and have recently been well-received in performances at both the Red Poppy Art House and the Sangati Center, community arts spaces focused on the kind of intimate performances for which the sitar and tabla were designed."
Gautam Tejas Ganeshan, Founder & Artistic Director Sangati Center



Please contact Srinivas or Sameer to book a sitar-tabla recital or lecture-demonstration in your area.
Srinivas Reddy sitarsrini@gmail.com (401) 864-0923
Sameer Gupta tablajazz@gmail.com (415) 573-6229




Srinivas Reddy
www.srinivasreddy.org
Srinivas Reddy is an Indian-American sitarist, guitarist and composer. In 1998 he came under the tutelage of Sri Partha Chatterjee, a direct disciple of the late sitar maestro Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. Since then Srinivas has rigorously trained with his teacher in the traditional guru-shishya style. Srinivas is a professional concert sitarist and has given numerous recitals in the US and India. He is also an experienced teacher and educator, he holds a BA from Brown University and an MA from UC Berkeley, both in South Asian Studies.

Sameer Gupta
www.sameergupta.com
Founder of the critically acclaimed SF based improvisational ensemble The Supplicants, Sameer Gupta is an original musical voice in jazz, world, and fusion music. He has studied percussion for most of his life, beginning in Tokyo, Japan in 1985. Since then Sameer has performed on jazz drumset at Lincoln Center, tabla at Asagiri Jam in Japan and various Jazz and World music festivals across the nation and abroad. Sameer began his study of North Indian classical tabla in 2002 and is currently studying with tabla master Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. You can hear Sameer's work with Marc Cary, Pandit Chitresh Das, VidyA, Parijat Desai, and numerous other fine artists.