Samay includes three Leeds College of Music Alumni – Jesse Bannister, the leading Indian Classical Saxophonist in the UK, Bhupinder Singh Chaggar, Leeds’ brilliant Tabla Player and Italian born guitarist Giuliano Modarelli.
This talented collective of musicians are taking music into a timeless zone. At the heart of Samay is a unique blend, merging styles and instruments. The band features highly accomplished musicians from India and Europe, combining traditional forms with a range of contemporary influences to reinvent the sound of Indian music.
Bhupinder Singh Chaggar
Bhupinder is a exceptionally talented tabla player based in Leeds. At the age of 17 with great fortune he became the disciple of the renowned Tabla maestro Pandit Sharda Sahai Ji., whose influence greatly enriched Bhupinders playing and attitude towards music. As well as doing solo performances of the table, Bhupinder toured the Uk extensively and has performed internationally with the likes of Dharambir Singh, Sri Kushal Das Ji, Smt. Purnima Chaudhari, Rajeeb Chakraborty, Percussion virtuoso Rui Junior, Jocelyn Brown as well as the Spanish guitar player virtuoso Eduardo Niebla. March 2008, Bhupinder was jointly commissioned by the Hallé Orchestra to compose a piece inspired by Stravinsky’s Firebird and premiered at Sheffield City Hall.
Jesse Bannister is a unique musician, educationalist and composer, who is respected as the leading Indian Classical Saxophonist in the UK. His unique style transforms his instrument, producing sounds of a sweet and melodious flute at times or a powerful and shehnai at others. Jesse is fresh back from a tour of the United State and has also performed across Europe as well as India to high ac-claim. He has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Barbican, and the Jazz Café in England as well as in the collaboration with Siva Raman, and Harishankar. March 2008, Jesse was jointly commissioned by the Hallé Orchestra to compose a piece inspired by Stravinsky’s Firebird and premiered at Sheffield City Hall.
Giuliano is a guitarist of modern times. Having studied jazz as degree level he went on to develop through the Indian Classical tradition studying under Uk renowned Sitarist Dharambir Singh. His unique style is a subtle blend of world folk, Arabic, flamenco and eastern European. His breath of knowledge and soulful improvisation makes him a musician well worth listening to. He has toured nationally with the acclaimed fusion band Raga Nova and has performed at the Purcell Room, CBSO and the BBC venue in Leeds. 2006 saw him at the World Music Festival Music Port with Samay for which he received high acclaim.
Western Instrumentation, Tabla, North Indian Instrumentation
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