3.3.18 – Real Art Ways – Instrument Portrait Series

A Circle Has No Beginning by Sameer Gupta featuring Marc Cary

“Brave, bold and globally conscious music created by an artist that has both feet planted in many traditions and both hands reaching out for infinite possibilities …– Karsh Kale (March 2017 re: A Circle Has No Beginning)

Sameer Gupta will perform tabla and drumset in selections from his tour de force album A Circle Has No Beginning that features a fusion of Indian classical music and jazz. Joining Gupta will be Marc Cary (keys), Jay Gandhi (bansuri), Arun Ramamurthy (carnatic violin), Marika Hughes (cello), Pawan Benjamin (sax), and Rahsaan Carter (bass).

About Sameer Gupta
Sameer Gupta is known as one of the few percussionists simultaneously representing the traditions of American jazz on drumset, and Indian classical music on tabla. He was performed at Lincoln Center, Birla Auditorium Kolkata, SFJAZZ, Nehru Centre London, Jazz at Lincoln Center, MoMA NYC and Yerba Buena Gardens San Francisco.

His own interests and love of tabla brought him to the great maestro Pt Anindo Chatterjee, of whom he is now a dedicated disciple, though his first few years were spent under the guidance of Ustad Zakir Hussain. Sameer is also a co-founder and an Artistic Director of the non-profit collective Brooklyn Raga Massive.After graduating with a music performance BA, Gupta worked and taught in the Bay Area for 10 years as a jazz drummer, and later also as a classical Indian tabla player.

Today he lives in Brooklyn, NYC and is actively involved in performing, curating, producing and teaching through various institutions including Brooklyn Raga Massive, Carnegie Hall’s Global Encounters and Ragas Live Festival.

Gupta has held workshops on Indian music and cross over drumming styles, at The Jazzschool in Berkeley, California and Berklee College of Music in Boston.

His influences range from Elvin Jones and Tony Williams to Ustad Allah Rakha and Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, and he’s has had the pleasure to play with many great musicians including Falu Shah, Rez Abbasi, Marc Cary, Wallace Roney, Karsh Kale, Pandit Krishna Bhatt, Ravi Chandra Kulur, Mysore Manjunath, Prasant Radhakrishnan, Pandit Chitresh Das, Jason Samuels Smith, Pandit Ramesh Mishra, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and numerous other luminaries.

Gupta continues to build his career by combining traditional and modern improvisational styles drawing from his dual Indian and American heritage, and has already established himself as an original musical voice in jazz, world, and fusion music.

From his early percussion studies in Tokyo, Japan in the mid 80s, he has consistently placed himself in many challenging musical environments. From bebop to avant-garde jazz, and European classical percussion to North Indian classical tabla. Gupta continues to compose and perform music from a true multi-cultural perspective that now bridges several continents.

TICKETS – https://www.realartways.org/event/instrument-portrait-series-drum-sameer-gupta/2018-03-03/

3.9.18 – Harlem Stage UPTOWN NIGHTS: MOTHERS OF THE MOVEMENTS

  

Harlem Stage and the National Black Theatre celebrate the contributions of Black women pioneers from the Civil Rights and Black Arts movements with Mothers of the Movements. This two-part series pays tribute to iconic women including Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, Abbey Lincoln, Ella Baker, Shirley Chisholm.

At Harlem Stage, longtime Lincoln collaborator Marc Cary re-imagines the seminal Freedom Now Suite album, We Insist!, in a concert that features Terri Lyne Carrington, Reggie Workman, Sameer Gupta, Edmar Colón and special surprise guests.

Mothers of the Movements is presented in partnership with the National Black Theater. On March 12, NBT will present The Black Woman: She Does Exist as part of this series. Learn more at nationalblacktheater.org

Performance Length: 2 hours

Intermission Length: None

Age requirement 18+

Seating Arrangement: Riser Seating

Concessions: None

Reception: None

Parking availability-None

Venue: Harlem Stage Gatehouse

Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue (at W. 135th Street)
New York, NY 10031

3.10.18 – Circle Has No Beginning at IBeam

A CIRCLE HAS NO BEGINNING BY SAMEER GUPTA

Bay Area born drumset and tabla virtuoso Sameer Gupta continues to push the envelope with his latest recording, A Circle Has No Beginning, set for release in February 2018. The album explores cultural cross-over by honoring the ensemble’s diversity and the influences of jazz, soul, Indian classical music and the electronic movement—these, along with pure spontaneity, help create a relevant and powerful statement on the power of collaboration and mindfulness towards others.

Sameer Gupta is known as one of the few percussionists simultaneously representing the traditions of American jazz and Indian classical music. He has performed at Lincoln Center, Birla Auditorium Kolkata, SFJAZZ, Nehru Centre London, Jazz at Lincoln Center, MoMA and Yerba Buena Gardens. Gupta has collaborated with artists such as Falu Shah, Rez Abbasi, Marc Cary, Wallace Roney, Karsh Kale, Pandit Krishna Bhatt, Ravi Chandra Kulur, Mysore Manjunath and Prasant Radhakrishnan. He is also a co-founder and an artistic director of the non-profit collective Brooklyn Raga Massive.

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March 10th 8:00 PM $15 Suggested Donation
8pm

Aaron Shragge + Ben Monder / A Circle Has No Beginning
Saturday,

8pm
Aaron Shragge – dragon mouth trumpet/shakuhachi/composition
Ben Monder – guitar

9pm
A Circle Has No Beginning
Sameer Gupta – drums/tabla
Pawan Benjamin – tenor sax
Arun Ramamurthy – violin
TBA – Bass

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