Sandip Burman, a native of Durgapur, India, is an accomplished tabla player. His love and dedication for tabla began at the age of six when Pandit Shyamal Bose of Calcutta, one of India’s distinguished tabla maestros, accepted him as his disciple. Sandip’s performances are marked with spontaneous innovation and tonal purity even when he is delivering complex rhythmic patterns at dazzling speeds. His repertoire is vast…it includes both commonly and rarely played rhythms.
Foremost Indian Classical musicians such as Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Jasraj, Mrs. Laxmi Shankar, Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pt. Debu Chaudhuri , Pt. Rajeev Taranath, Pt. Budhadev Dasgupta, and Shri Chitresh Das have been gracious enough to let Sandip share the stage with them – an incredible honor for one so young. Performing with the above at such venues as the Ali Akbar Music College Festival, the Monterey World One Festival, the San Francisco Asian Museum of Art, the New Mexico Cultural Art Forum, the Chandham School of Dance, the International Bengali Conferences in L.A. and Philadelphia, and the AAPI Festival in Florida have enabled Sandip to achieve recognition for his playing.
Recently Sandip has been collaborating and touring with Bela Fleck. He is one of the guest artists on the Flecktone’s new Grammy award-winning album Outbound. While exploring world music and jazz, Sandip has had the honor of playing with jazz legends Jack DeJohnette and Al DiMeola. in addition to Howard Levy, Paul McCandless (from the group Oregon), Andy Narell, Victor Wooten, and many others.
Some of his accomplishments include a concert at the Getty Museum in California, a solo performance at the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Street Scene (San Diego), First Night Providence (Rhode Island), House of Blues Chicago, Nelson Atkins Museum (Kansas), Wolftrap (Washington, D.C.), Ravinia Festival (Chicago), Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles), Telluride Bluegrass Festival (Colorado), and the Sterngrove Festival (San Francisco).
His dazzling performances, combined with his rich and eloquent playing style, have enabled him to teach, perform, or do clinics at prestigious institutions such as CalArts, Arizona State, Texas Tech, Rotterdam Conservatory, San Francisco State University, Stanford University, Maharishi International University, UCSD, Brown University, Wichita State, Cleveland State University, DePaul University, Iowa State, Dartmouth, etc.
Always in search of new challenges, Sandip worked with Danny Elfman and contributed to the soundtrack of Tim Burton’s film, Mars Attacks and an IBM commercial. Sandip has recorded with Dr. L. Subramaniam and is showcased on the album Global Fusion from Warner Brothers. He has been a visiting faculty member at the Rotterdam Conservatory in Holland. Sandip has toured and taught in the United States, Europe, Mexico, North Africa, Israel, and Canada.
Sandip recently completed an all-star tour titled “East Meets Jazz” with Victor Bailey (Weather Report), Randy Brecker (Brecker Brothers), Howard Levy (Flecktones), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), and several others.
To the discerning ear, Sandip’s skills in accompaniment, combined with the intensity of his solo styling, demonstrate that he is a musician par excellence. His talent and creativity are clearly evident making his performances enjoyable and leaving his audiences in awe of the artist and his art form.
These details were last updated on May 4, 2014