Interview: Steve Zerlin, Bassist and Rishabh Dhar, Pakhwaj Player of "Fingerprints" Fusion Ensemble

Steve Zerlin, Rishabh Dhar: WBRi On-Demand Audio Broadcast

Calcutta, April 6, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Washington, DC based American Bassist Steve Zerlin and Kolkata based Indian Pakhwaj player Rishabh Dhar chat with Subhomoy Mukherjee in this audio interview about their music and the progressive fusion ensemble "Fingerprints" of which they are both members. This interview is in Bengali and English.

"Fingerprints" ( is a progressive fusion ensemble of Rishabh Dhar, John Wubbenhorst (Flute), Klaus Falshlunger (Sitar), Aditya Benia (Guitar), Walter Singer (Contrabass) and Steve Zerlin. The group, the brainchild of Rishabh, is an initiative towards weaving pure magic with their unique sound, combining Eastern with Western sounds. It is Rishabh’s foray into experimental music and the tracks cover everything from Jazz, Blues, Flamenco, Latino music to Western Symphonic sounds - filtered by Rishabh’s Indian sensibilities.

[Steve "Z-Man" Zerlin]Steve (Z-man) Zerlin is a brilliant and versatile bassist, fluent in many styles. He is accomplished as a jazz musician on both electric and acoustic bass and is well versed in Eastern modalities having adapted the bass guitar to Indian music. He has toured India, Europe and extensively throughout the USA and performed with many top artists including Dennis Chambers, Carl Filipiak, Jack DeJohnette, Paul McCandless, Tom Canning, Paul Bollenback, Jeff Coffin, Terrence Disley, guitarist Vinny Valetino and pianist, Jessica Williams. He has also performed with pop artists, Kenny Loggins, The Coasters, The Drifters and The Platters and The Marvelettes. Steve appears on many CD’s including recordings with Vinny Valentino, Dan Leonard, Fred Hughes, Peter Fraize and innovative Italian trombonist, Gian Carlo Schiafini. He was recently cited in Jazz Times Magazine (April 2004 edition) for his unique style and abilities.

Steve released his own CD, Still Life, with Ed Sareth and some of Washington DC’s finest musicians, Dan Leonard, Bruce Guttridge, Peter Fraize and Victor Williams, and continues to compose music for Facing East. Over the past 20 years Steve has become well known in the DC area working with most of the area’s finest musicians; among them are Fred Pena, Sean Rickman, Marshall Keys, Keith Kilgo, Tim Eyerman’s East Coast Offering, The Fred Hughes Trio and The Peter Fraize Trio.

[Rishabh Dhar]A versatile Pakhawaj player, Rishabh  Dhar has evolved an individual style of presentation and gained wide popularity with his innumerable performances worldwide. He is a regular feature in the national and international circuits and has performed in the
world's most prestigious venues from the South Bank to the Naitumba Island (Fiji  Islands).

Rishabh has performed in many festivals in the world including performances at the following major festivals:

1.Bath International Music Festival, UK  
2. Brighton Festival, UK 3. Millenium Summit Festival Singapore  
4.The North Sea Jazz Festival in Netherlands  
5. World Sacred Music Festival,USA .
6.India Festival(In the Sporen Van India) at Koninklijke Schouwburg,Den Haag.
7.United Nations Peace Summit at Madison Square Garden,NYC.

He has also performed in major venues across the continents which include:

1.The Royal Albert Hall, London
2.Koninklijke Schouwburg , Den Haag,
3.Theatre de la Ville, Paris  
4.Smitsonian Institution, Washington DC
5.Purcell Room,London  
6.ICC Berlin, Germany.  
7.Theater De La Ville,Paris.

The Countries which have hosted Rishabh's performances are: Germany, Holland, France, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, UAE, Jordan & Fiji Islands.