Sandip Burman, b. 1969
Sandip Burman at a clinic he conducted for tabla and sitar at Daytona State College in 2007.
Burman was born in India and received his initial musical training there. He came to the U.S. in 1988 under the sponsorship of the founder of Transcendental Meditation and Beatles guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Currently based in Chicago, he performs in concert halls and festivals and conducts clinics internationally. He was showcased on the album GLOBAL FUSION from Warner Brothers. In 2001 he lead an all-star tour titled “East Meets West” with Victor Bailey, Randy Brecker, Steve Smith, Howard Levy, Jerry Goodman, and Paul Bollenback. The tour ended after a standing-room-only performance at The Lyric on 9/11 that is still talked about.
Saxophonist Dave Pietro traveled to and performed with Burman in India. About combining the music of East and West, he said, “Both jazz and Indian classical music are improvisatory…There’s a natural affinity and attraction between the two…”
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Photograph by Roger Kallins. Courtesy of Patricia Darlington.