Sandeep Das is an Artist , Educator, Composer, Speaker and Cultural Entrepreneur now living in Boston
As an Artist
Sandeep Das is considered one of the leading Tabla exponents in the world today. His collaboration with the Silk Road Ensemble for “Sing me Home” won the Grammy Award for the Best World Music Album. Prior to this win, he was nominated for the Grammy Award in 2005 and 2009. A professional career spanning 23 years has seen him composing and playing with the Legendary Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, String quartets and Orchestra’s such as The New York Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the The Boston Symphony Orchestra to name a few.
His concerts have taken him regularly to major centers of music around the globe, some examples being Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Royce Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center and The Concertgebouw. To his credit he has 40 CD’s, three of which have been Grammy nominated.
As a Composer
Sandeep’s works have received rave reviews all over the world. His composition King Ashoka, commissioned by The Harvard Divinity School, was recently premiered at University of California, Santa Barbara by Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble.
His compositions have received rave reviews. Tarang, was chosen as the theme music for Blind Sight, a documentary about the first climb of Mount Everest. Mohini, became the theme music for the Japanese television channel NHK’s 10-episode documentary on the Silk Road.
Srishti, for percussion ensemble, is a pure percussive joy. It has been performed worldwide, with its performance venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to The Royal Albert Hall.
As an Educator
Sandeep’s experience of training with his guru for 12 years has made him a sought after educator throughout the entire world. His own learning experience differs vastly from western musical tradition, and provides a unique context for students and ensembles to learn from him. In addition to a private studio, he has taught regularly, from 2012-2017, at the Harvard Ed School Summer institute, and at the Silk Road Ensemble’s Global Musician’s Workshop.
He has served as an artist in residence at many major Colleges and Universities throughout the United States. These institutions include, Dartmouth University, Brandeis University, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Clara , College of the Holy Cross, Juilliard school of Music, Berklee School of Music, and UC British Columbia to name a few.
His masterclass topics included varied topics like, “Passion Driven Learning,” “Art of Communication”, “Indian Music and Dance”, “ The Rhythms of Life”, “ Living Traditions” and “Preserving Culture through tradition.”
As a Speaker
Sandeep’s journey of being a successful Indian Classical Musician, to a composer of western Orchestral music, has endeared him to listeners all over the world. His capacity to share these experiences in the most enjoyable and lucid way has made his talks sought after. He has been chosen as a keynote speaker for several different conferences and events. Most recently, Sandeep has spoken at the prestigious E.G. conference in California. This can be viewed via the link below. http://www.egconf.com/videos/sandeep-das-tabla-master-eg10
In 2017, Sandeep looks forward to speaking and serving on various panels at the Art Abu Dhabi.
As an Entrepreneur
Sandeep serves as the founder of the HUM ensemble (Harmony and Universality through Music). This is an ensemble of world-class artists whose goal is to promote global understanding through musical performance and education. HUM proudly has a National Scholarship in association with German Multinational firm Lanxess. This scholarship provides visually impaired children with the opportunity to learn Music. All costs are borne by HUM, whose scholarship outreach has doubled since its founding.
Testimonial and some press excerpts:
Yo-Yo Ma : “ Sandeep transcends his instrument- when he plays the Tabla he is a creator of myths, a master communicator and an orchestra, all in one. In my decades of collaboration around the world, he is easily one of the greatest artists I have ever met . Not only is he one of the best artists I have met but he is also once one of the best teachers I have met. I believe there is no one he cannot engage!”
New York Times: “The Breathless duet by the cellist and Sandeep Das,was a highlight of the evening. He can turn any performance into a visual spectacle.”
Washington Post: “ Tarang” ( Waves ) by Sandeep Das…The Jocular atmosphere evident on the players’ faces…everyone was having a good time!”
The Independent ( U.K.) BBC Proms: “ The Indian Tabla player Sandeep Das’ piece became the mainstay of this afternoon Prom!”
Chicago Tribune: “Sandeep Das’ awesome table playing …The sheer timbral variety he achieved on the Tabla contributed to its hypnotic effect!”
Inquirer ( Singapore ) : “The infectious finale, Sandeep Das’ “ Tarang” ended in euphoria. The seemingly never ending applause obliged the ensemble to give three encores.”
Los Angeles Times: “Fabulous Tabla playing by Sandeep Das in a composition of his own”