Fireflies Presents Guitar Gurus | Jazz Classical Fusion Rock | 5 of the Hottest Guitar Players in India | Bangalore May 30, 2009

Fireflies Presents Guitar Gurus 

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Date & Time: May 30, 2009 8:00 PM
Venue: Fireflies Ashram, Off Kanakapura Road, Bangalore
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GUITAR GURUS is an all night concert where five of the hottest guitar players from all over India will come together on one stage. Each artist will play for one hour backed by their individual bands and the show will end with a mother of a jam involving all artists. The music will be a good mix of different genres across artists from jazz to fusion, classical and rock. Somewhere in the middle of all this, one lucky devil in the audience will win an accoustic guitar signed by all artists! The venue, an open-air amphitheatre on the banks of a lake is easily one of the finest venues in and around Bangalore for a concert.


Amit is Bangalore’s very own Jazz musician, and one of the few Indian musicians to perform at major international music festivals such as the Berlin Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Paris Jazz Festival, Rome World Music Festival, WOMAD Festival and many others.

Amit’s introduction to Jazz through the music of John Mclaughlin, George Benson, Miles Davis & John Coltrane, led him to study Jazz and Composition on a scholarship at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

He has recently been in the limelight with the launch of his latest world music album “Jhoola”.


Popularly known in music circles as India’s finest and perhaps most underrated guitarist ever, Derek started the world's first world music progressive rock band ‘Waterfront’ along with Trilok Gurtu and Roger Dragonnette. The band acquired a cult following in the 70’s and received rave reviews on their tour of Europe in 1971.

A professional guitarist since ’67, Derek has performed across music genres, from rock, jazz, and blues to fusion and pop. He is known for his rich tonal quality, defined sound and style, which is flamboyant yet serious concerto. His knowledge of sound engineering is extensive. Step aside Pat Metheny.


Vikramjit 'Tuki' Banerjee can play on any stage, anywhere in the world. Proof of this lies in the fact that his track SPACE GUITAR was one of the ten tracks selected worldwide to feature in the album TRIBUTE TO ERIC JOHNSON.

Tuki has been spearheading Kolkata's extremely popular ‘Krosswindz’ for the last 18 years. The band has toured the world delighting audiences with their unique brand of fusion rock - a mix of Baul and Rock.

Tuki and his band has represented India in several world music fests, and has collaborated with internationally reputed names like Herbie Hancock, Sky High (Sweden), Rag Foundation (England Wales), Tizian Jost (Germany) Pandit Ramesh Mishra ( Indian Sarengi Player), Sanjay Mishra (Classical Guitarist USA) and The Jazz Ambasadors USA among others.


This Kochi-bred musician, who has jammed with some heavyweights such as Sivamani and A. R. Rahman, has recently completed what he calls a `dream project' - A classical contemporary band called `kARNATRiix' and a new album named `Namaste'.

kARNATRiix’s music has elements of jazz, blues, rock, trance, funk, and classical. All in perfect harmony with the Carnatic Kritis of Saint Thyagaraja.

Its soundscape stretches far beyond what has been created so far. It is contemporary yet traditional, simple yet not too simple, electronic and acoustic. In short, something new for you to discover.


A native of Mumbai, Sanjay graduated from GUITAR INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Los Angeles in 1989. During his 15 year stay in Los Angeles he recorded and toured with a variety of artists including ANGELIQUE KIDJO, CARLOS SANTANA, DAVE WECKL, LOUIS JOHNSON, DUMAZZ, SAMBAGURU, MICHAEL MC DONALD, and FRED RAULSTON among others.

In addition to playing on some of the world's most prestigious stages including the PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL at the HOLLYWOOD BOWL and the NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FESTIVAL, he has worked on soundtracks for movies like WOMAN ON TOP and LEELA.

Returning to India in 2003 in search of his musical and cultural roots, Sanjay has spent the last three years exploring the sounds and languages of his heritage, and recording his new album FULL CIRCLE, which was released in September, 2008.

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