Unruly Neighbors – Ben Tyree and Sameer Gupta

Sameer Gupta + Ben Tyree = Unruly Neighbors

Improvised Percussion and Guitar Conversations – Cosmosis AF

The duo improvisations of longtime collaborators Sameer Gupta (Drumset, Tabla) and Ben Tyree (Guitar) are at times peaceful and other times maybe not so much. Their rivalry is only curbed by their sincere admiration for each other and a need to eventually return each others LP records.



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. Sameer is originally a jazz drummer learning from his peers in San Francisco and Harlem NYC. His own interests and love of jazz and tabla brought him to Brooklyn, NYC, and today he is actively involved in performing, curating, producing and teaching through various institutions including the Outside (In)dia Series, Brooklyn Raga Massive, Carnegie Hall’s Global Encounters and Ragas Live Festival.

Guitarist Ben Tyree is a performer and composer of virtuosic ability, infectious groove, and eclectic tastes. All of those elements are placed on stunning display on his latest release, Burn It! LIVE, a blistering live set from the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s prestigious BAMcafé Live series. That versatility has led to work with artists as diverse as Vernon Reid, Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio), Valerie June, Elliott Sharp, and Burnt Sugar: The Arkestra Chamber.