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SUR is an amalgamation of diverse studio musicians who have come together to create a symphony – a synthesis of rare and unique fusion sounds. The brain behind the Glam Slam Recording Studios, Suresh Mendoza had always wanted to form a Fusion/Funk setup. The originals are tunes which had been secretly tucked away while composing music for corporate audio-visuals and advertising jingles for over a decade, finally finding their true calling on ‘stage’ rather than the TV. The idea of SUR took shape when Suresh met Arunima Bhattacharya while she was recording a jingle at Glam Slam. Already a popular professional singer/performer within the live circuit, Arunima has performed across the country and abroad to much acclaim. She infuses SUR with a distinctive folk element, singing in a variety of languages. Glenn Fernandes (guitars) and Suresh’s association goes back to the time they first played together in college. Before coming together as SUR, both have performed live with other bands. With Glenn, the band acquires a characteristic Rock Crunch with overtones of thick chordal arrangement for ballads. A versatile artiste, Glenn is entirely in his element, both on stage and in the studio. Bosco Fernandez (keyboards) is a familiar face within Mumbai’s live circuit, and does regular sessions for the Advertising industry and Bollywood. He brings in an orchestrated and funky Hammond sound to the band and is adept at various genres of music, be it Jazz, Funk, Rock, Pop, Classical or Bollywood. He has more than 20 years of live experience. Bosco and Glenn have previously played together in the same band. Trained under the tutelage of Pandit Hari Prasad Chourasia, Shashank Acharya complements the western chord progressions of the guitars and keys to smoothly blend in a ‘pahadi’, ethnic feel to the melody of SUR on the Bansuri (Indian flute). Fresh off the plane from London, Nitin Ramesh studied the intricacies of drumming at the Tech Music School. Extremely comfortable with odd time signatures, Nitin is full of rhythmic ideas, constantly experimenting and contributing to rhythm patterns for SUR. On the Indian side of SUR’s rhythmic horizon, professional Tabla player Gautam Sharma studied the Tabla at the Allah Rakha Institue of Music. Gautam brings with him an exceptionally intrinsic, yet international rhythm, playing a number of African and Indian instruments. SUR’s high-energy sound is definitely an experience something to watch out for, with the diverse yet complementary talents blending their individual expertise and musical aesthetic to form one collective youthful whole.
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