While Bikram was away on long tours with Pandit Ravi Shankar, Abhishek had the privilege of taking lessons from the former's father. the great Tabla wizard Pandit. Sankar Ghosh. For the past 15yrs, Abhishek has intensely engaged himself with the study of rhythm. Though his technical underpinning derive from the farrukkabad Gharana, Abhishek believes in the individual beauty of every gharana.
Abhishek; individuality rests primarily on his modulations of the baya (the left hand bass drum). What distinguishes him most from his contemporaries is his ability to strike a perfect balance between power. clarity, and rhythmic sophistication. Awarded the 1st prize at the annual music competition of the West Bengal state music Academy in 1996,Abhishek is also the recipient of Pandit Jyan Prakash Ghosh Award 2001, and all India Scholarship. Abhishek has appeared in concerts both as a soloist and accompanist in concerts like - All India Music conference, Girija Devi's 75th Birthday Celebration, Laha Bari Kolkata, Concerts al lover South India, Mumbai, etc. He has played with many senior classical musicians like Santoor Maestro PT.Tarun Bhattacharya , vocal exponent Smt.
Subhra Guha, etc throughout the world. Abhishek has contributed significantly to Bhattacharya's recent album Dance Of The Gods, released from Bricklane. Recently Abhishek has earned great success from his musical tour of USA. He performed at many prestigious concerts in places like - New York, New Jersey, Boston, Washington, Arizona(Phoenix), Losangelas, Dallas, and many other places. Abhishek recently released his own World Music Album ACROSTIC , few months ago , where his new World music band ISM, has also performed. (Source: http://www.abhishekbasu.com/profile.html) ______________________________ "ISM - Impromptu Symphonic Mind " is a little music family which has an immense liking towards both Indian classical & western music." Being Abhishek's World music project, ISM has much to flaunt from violinist Indradeep Ghosh to Drummer Ratul Shankar Ghosh, Vocalists Shounak Chatterjee, Debasree Mondol, Sonia Mukherjee & Usri Banerjee, keyboardist Shourav Roy.
Thriving on talent unlimited and creativity unrestricted, Abhishek Basu's ISM has already performed in many top venues all over India. History - " I have been making different compositions for the last few years. But I have never thought of giving them the result till October 24th 2003.That day I was jamming & sharing my compositions with Indradeep, Ratul, & few other musicians. Suddenly all of them told me to give my ideas a good result. After a long discussion I found that they are eager to accompany myself to give my compositions a unique shape. That's how a new project was formed.
When the matter of name came - I always thought of something new - ISM. Why ??? as the idea of making the project was sudden - I named the first word 'Impromptu', the total composition part became 'Symphonic' with the melody of Indradeep's violin & Shourav's keyboard ,and the 'Mind' involved behind this project is Mine. That's how I named it IMPROMPTU SYMPHONIC MIND. That's how the project ISM generated on 24th October 2003.Very shortly after that I got an offer from Golden Voice music company to release an Album. I thought this would be a right time to make the audience know about my project ISM.
I recorded with my members few of my compositions, based on varieties of Rhythms and Indian classical ragas. That was the first performance of ISM, on my World music Album ACROSTIC." -- ABHISHEK BASU Inspiration - " As a disciple of Tabla exponent Bikram Ghosh, I observed his involvement & dedication for his unique project Rhythmscape which inspired me a lot. Apart from that I got a lot of inspiration from Ustad Zakir Hussain (his Shakti), Shivamani ( great Drummer), Trilok Gurtu ( percussion wizard) and many others. Projects of few world renound musicians inspired me also like - George Harrisson, Steve Gordon, and many others." Compositions --- The compositions and concept of ISM, is by Abhishek Basu .On group compositions Abhishek's preference prevails while on solo numbers the accompanists have the liberty.
Abhishek being a classical tabla player, the obvious influence of varieties of rhythm and classical music spill into his compositions. Abhishek's main objective is to produce rich rhythm oriented compositions having Indian classical music fused with western music. The main theme is to produce the greatness of Indian classical Raagas through western outlook, which will be easier for the new generation to understand and accept. Few compositions are coloured by vrieties of Grooves like Latin, African, etc .What has caught the imagination of the listners is the composition churned out by Abhishek's group and their interactive sessions with audience, for instance "Forign 2 Forigners" is an attempt at presenting a song on a long forgotten language.
Also abhishek is using an important instrument, Japanese instrument called Handsonic , in his compositions. Handsonic has got over 1500 sounds allover the world and it adds a special taste to Abhishek's compositions Performances - The year old project ISM of Abhishek Basu, has already performed several concerts allover the country like - International Food Festival, 2003 at INTERNATIONAL CLUB, Hyatt regency Celebrity Show, Taj Bengal, MUSIC WORLD (dedicated to TSUNAMI affected victims), few concerts at North Bengal and South India. (Source: http://www.abhishekbasu.com/ism.html) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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