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ABOUT 

Shubh Saran is a New York-based Indian guitarist and composer who has toured and performed with his band in the United States, India, Canada, Bangladesh, and Mexico. Having grown up in six different countries, his career has been shaped by a mixture of influences. Shubh’s intricate compositions fuse sounds from modern jazz, neo-soul, and rock with classical and contemporary Indian music. On November 9th 2018, he released his new EP entitled H.A.D.D.

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 BAND MEMBERS
ANGELO SPAMPINATO

drums

A Berklee alumni, Angelo has performed with musicians like Frank Martin, Benny Green, Mike Clark (Headhunters), and Mic Gillette. He has also played at some of the most famous music festivals including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, SXSW, and Canadian Music Week.

JOSH BAILEY

drums & percussion

Performer and producer, Josh can be heard on many popular recordings including Stephen Sondheim's The Flag Song as well as the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Josh is currently an adjunct faculty member at The New York University Steinhardt Jazz Studies Program.

CHRISTIAN LI

piano & keys

Alumnus and faculty member at the Berklee College of Music, Christian has played with artists like Joe Lovano, Dayna Stephens, and Dave Liebman. He has performed at major international jazz festivals in Newport, Panama, Comminges, Monterey, and Campeche.

tenor saxophone

BRIAN PLAUTZ

alto saxophone

Founder of the indie-rock brass band Aberdeen, Brian is a collaborating member of the viral youtube series Apartment Sessions as well as acclaimed concert series Broadway Sings. He is an alumnus of the Berklee College of Music and a prominent session musician in New York City.

MARK MINOOGIAN
JARED YEE

bass

Multi-instrumentalist and producer, Mark plays bass guitar in various projects in New York. He has produced and performed with artists including Nir Felder and Cory Henry. An alumnus of the Berklee College of Music, he graduated with degrees in Professional Music and Latin Music Studies.

Brooklyn based saxophonist and composer Jared has played alongside musicians like Kenny Loggins, Ernie Isley, Bob Mintzer, and Easy Star All Stars. He has performed at major music festivals including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and South by South West.

LATEST RELEASES

H.A.D.D features five new songs written and recorded in 2018. Featuring Shubh Saran’s seven-piece band, this EP blends virtuosic performances with expressive song writing. Beneath the layers of instrument sampling and processed vocals lies dramatic songs about hidden messages. 

While on their February '18 tour to India, Shubh’s band from New York City collaborated with musicians from New Delhi recording five live-in-the-studio music videos. Each artist brought something different to the session showcasing the diversity of Indian music.

Rockwood Music Hall, New York August 7

PRESS

"Parts guitar-laden spy theme and swanky brass-led swagger, It Was You shows the impressive power and atmosphere Shubh produces in his songwriting, culminating in an excellent second-half where the brass and guitar work combine for a melodically riveting listen."

"It’s the kind of sleek, thrilling progressive jazz with plenty of hooks and groove to it....Hmayra is a confident and striking full-length debut for the young guitarist, one that should put him on the radar for fans of proggy modern jazz."

"Saran is a first-rate composer and a tasteful guitarist who makes a very impressive showing on [his debut] album."

"[Hmayra] features rich climaxes as well as intermittent valleys and peaks, with Saran’s solos veering in and out like a pedestrian weaving through a packed sidewalk in Bangalore."

"There's a simple, straightforward goodness to these songs that are a pleasure to hear. His intermingling of his Indian heritage with modern jazz sounds show great skill without insisting upon itself."

"[Saran's] exposure to Western music helped him come up with a unique style that is a mix of classical and contemporary Indian music, modern jazz, neo-soul, and rock."

"In each video Saran and his band create new, fusion-fueled versions of the artists’ original tracks and perform it with them in a bid to celebrate cultural diversity."

"The New York-based, Indian guitarist and composer is a firm believer in making inclusive music given the fact that he grew up in six different countries and thus, has a musical career that is tuned by a range of influences and styles."

VIDEOS

© 2019 Shubh Saran

Photography

|   Lauren Desberg, Daniel Techy, Tucker W. Mitchell, Elizabeth Maney

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