Nutavut & 4on6 Live in Kolkata

Calcutta, March 10, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Siddha presented Nutavut and 4on6 live in concert on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Rabindranath Tagore Centre, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata 700071.

Nutavut Ratanakarn is an international classical guitarist from Thailand, and has been giving concerts, and master classes in Austria, Bhutan, Croatia, England, India, Italy,Israel, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Spain and Thailand. He is acknowledged as a virtuoso in solo and ensemble performances.

The 4on6 Guitar Quartet features:

Matthias Muller (Germany)

Matthias is a graduate of the College of Music at Sulzbach-Rosenberg, and studied classical and jazz guitar as well as composition and arranging at the Munich Guitar Institute and the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles. Over the several decades of his musical career, he has toured internationally and played in many styles; he frequently composes music for film and television.

Matthias’ compelling interest in Indian classical music led him to study Carnatic Music (South Indian style), affording him opportunities to play and collaborate with some of the finest Indian players of our time, such as Dr. L. Subramaniam, Sivamani, Tanmoy Bose and world music Grammy winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.

Mike McCormick (Canada)

Mike McCormick was a late blooming musician, only picking up the guitar in high school, where his musical interests rapidly grew from rock to jazz. After graduating, he left his hometown of Yellowknife to attend the Music Program at Grant MacEwan College (now University) in Edmonton. Under the guidance of Jim Head and Mo Lefever, Mike graduated with a Diploma in Guitar Performance. There he developed an ear for many types of music, all of which have influenced his own sound. Specifically, Mike likes to incorporate elements of jazz, avant-garde, experimental and world music into his playing. Mike’s passion for all types of music has allowed him to perform throughout Western Canada in various idioms. Mike has performed with his own jazz ensembles, folk acts Shea Alain and Vicky Berg, and even represented the NWT at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Nishad Pandey (Australia)

Nishad was born in India but has spent extended periods of time living in Japan, UK, USA, and Australia. As a result of this nomadic existence, Nishad has been exposed to musical and cultural forms from across the globe. He has been part of various bands encompassing a wide range of styles – jazz, metal, electronica and Indian fusion. While based in Melbourne, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance and performed at a number of important venues such as Bennetts Lane, Paris Cat and Federation Square. Nishad is now based in Kolkata, studying under slide guitar maestro Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya.

Biplaw Singh (India)

A prize-winning guitarist, Biplaw Singh has trained extensively in India and abroad and given numerous recitals all over the country. He is the President and Co-Founder of the Calcutta Classical Guitar Society and the Director of the Calcutta International Guitar festival.