Music has always been a big part of my life, with experience playing a wide range of instruments. Such as steelpan, drum-kit, tabla, djembe, mixed percussion, flute, didgeridoo and bansuri.
In recent years, I have dedicated myself to playing the handpan. A relatively new instrument, developed at the turn of the century and based on the Trinidadian steelpan.
Played with and taken lessons from various teachers and masters. These include: Somesh De Swardt, Paolo Forcellati, Souleymane Compo, Oumar Almamy Camara, Mamadou Oury Diallo, Hans Sutton, Sam Alexander, Marcos Santana, Gita Adams, Dembele Sidiki, Henri Gaobi, Seckou Keita, Sahana Gero, Sir Clive Bell, Shri Aniroodji Dave, Shri Rajkumar Misra, Ustad Harkirat Singh Rayatt, Pandit Sanju Sahai, Pandit Shiv Shankar Roy and late great Pandit Shankar Ghosh.
Whilst at UCL, I studied for degrees in Engineering and Nanotechnology. Led percussion workshops at the Calthorpe Project and was a tutor at St. Paul’s Primary School. Was member of the Bongos, Folk and World Music and Jazz Societies. Culminating in performances at the Dent Room and Garage Theatre. Performances at better-known venues included: UCL Union, UoL Union, Ministry of Sound, Bloomsbury Theatre, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Tate Britain and Queen Elizabeth Hall (Foyer and Purcell Room).
Participated in the London Philharmonic Open Ear Orchestra’s Symphonic Ragas project. Working under the direction of Irish lecturer Phil Mullen of Goldsmiths and South Indian singer Manickam Yogeswaran. We created music for a performance that took place at The Albany Theatre. Musicians from across London participated alongside players from the LPO and Future Firsts scheme.
Continued playing Indian, African and Latin percussion. Can play tabla, djembe, samba, congas, bongos, cajon. Dabbled with the didgeridoo, kora, guitar, balafon, piano and keyboard.
Here and Now
As a handpan player based in London, I am uniquely positioned to explore various creative ideas. It is an instrument of our times and has had a profound impact on individual and collective consciousness. People are using it the world over for its uplifting sonic properties, in settings ranging from meditative practice to sell-out concerts.
To learn more about the handpan, see information here.
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