On Sunday, Nov. 4, musician Sandip Burman will present a free concert of works on the sitar and tabla in the Alia Lawson Pre-College Music Hall. For more information, call Converse’s Petrie School of Music at (864) 596-9021.
"We’re delighted that Sandip Burman will be coming to play at Converse,” said Miles Hoffman, dean of The Petrie School. “Mr. Burman is one of the world’s great tabla players, and to hear an Indian virtuoso of this caliber will be a rare treat for our students and for the Spartanburg community."
Burman, a native of Durgapur, India, is an accomplished tabla and sitar 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.
Burman’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, and includes both commonly and rarely played rhythms. Some of Burman’s 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).
Always in search of new challenges, Burman worked with Danny Elfman and contributed to the soundtrack of Tim Burton’s film, “Mars Attacks” and an IBM commercial. He has recorded with Dr. L. Subramaniam and is showcased on the album “Global Fusion” from Warner Brothers. He has also been a visiting faculty member at the Rotterdam Conservatory in Holland.
Burman has toured and taught in the United States, Europe, Mexico, North Africa, Israel and Canada. He 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.