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Ross Hammond and Sameer Gupta: Improvisations for 12-String Guitar and Tabla
April 29, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm| $10 - $15
Having shared a musical partnership for nearly twenty years, Ross Hammond and Sameer Gupta come together as a duo through the combination of jazz improvisations and global elements rooted from their respective cultures. This most recent project finds them stripping away layers and presenting music for acoustic 12-string guitar and tabla.
Ross Hammond – guitar
Sameer Gupta – tabla
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 has held workshops on Indian music and cross-over drumming styles at Carnegie Hall Global Encounters, the Jazzschool in Berkeley, and Berklee College of Music in Boston. From bebop to avant-garde jazz, European classical percussion to North Indian classical tabla, Gupta continues to compose and perform music from a multicultural perspective that now bridges several continents.
Sacramento guitarist Ross Hammond has played on large stages and in small corners throughout the United States. His sound is equal parts jazz, folk, blues, spirituals and world music. His latest solo release, Flight, is a record of originals and spirituals for 6-string, 12-string and acoustic slide guitar. The Sacramento News and Review called Hammond “one of Sacramento’s greatest jazz generators and arguably its most accessible.”
“Guitarist Hammond and tablaist Gupta have made a record, Upward, that is a dazzling set of songs and improvisations that get at the global, human roots of the blues… New, ancient, unclassifiable, powerful, fantastic.” – George Grella, Brooklyn Rail
Listen to their latest track, Upward, here.
Admission: $10-15. Doors at 7:00pm. Show at 7:30pm. All ages welcome.
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