Neel Sarkar: Guitars
Andrew Kay: Saxophone, Singing Bowls & Percussions
Pritam Sengupta: World Percussion
Pier Antoine Lasnier: Electric Bass
Sushruta Goswami- Indian flute
Neel Sarkar is an Instrumentalist and composer from Barrackpore, a suburban Bengal town near the northern fringes of Kolkata. Born in 1980, he started his musical journey at an early age of nine. His first instrument was the tabla, a popular Indian hand drum in which he received training in the Farukabad Gharana. At the age of seventeen, he chose the guitar as his primary instrument under the influence of musicians like Al De Meola, John Mc Laughlin, Miguel Czawohski, Allan Holdsworth and others. Gradually, his influences also came to include stalwarts of the Hindusthani Classical scene like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Zakir Hussain and Pandit Nikhil Bannerjee as well as many other instrument players from all around the world like Victor Wooten, Vladishwar Nadishana and John Coltrane.
Shaped by various trajectories of musical genres and styles, his style of playing has come to reflect a mix of Hindusthani Classical melodies and flamenco rhythmic textures underscored with an essence of Western jazz harmony. Apart from composing and playing his primary instrument,he is under the tutelage of Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharya’s talim(Patiala Gharana) in Hindustani classical music, he can also play other string instruments like the ukulele, the guitalele and the dotara as well as some percussion instruments like tabla, dubki, khanjira and cajon. On the side, he has become used to handling keyboard programming and background scores for ad films, animation films, short films etc.
Neel started his journey as a professional musician working as a faculty of London College of Music (LCM). He pursued a simultaneous career performing with various local bands and got exposed to different genres of music like Rock, Pop, Modern Jazz, Latin and Flamenco. While spending most of his free hours practicing, Neel developed a deep spiritual connection with his instrument. In 2007 he decided to move away with his guitar from the urban cacophony to the countryside and started to write and compose songs for himself. After returning to Kolkata, he started looking for like-minded musicians to collaborate and perform with. Later he came up with his own instrumental independent musical project called NEEL SARKAR PROJECT (NSP).