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Sameer Gupta

Sameer Gupta- Drums, Tabla, Composer

Founder of the critically acclaimed SF based Improvised Jazz Ensemble The Supplicants, Sameer has becoming a remarkable musical talent. His influences range from Elvin Jones and Tony Williams to Ustad Allah Rakha. He has had the pleasure to play with many great musicians including Marc Cary, Grachan Moncur III, Victor Goines, Vincent Gardner, Sekou Sundiata, Sonny Simmons, Marcus Shelby, Calvin Keys, Richard Howell, Dayna Stephens, and Julian Lage.

Sameer's artistic work today is an attempt to build bridges. In some cases, such as the Carnatic Jazz group, vidyA, the bridge is plainly between American Jazz, and South Indian Classical music

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”Gupta was particularly impressive, bringing cyclical Indian rhythms to his kit work which he augmented on occasion with tabla forays…

- WILLARD JENKINS' INDEPENDENT EAR THE INDEPENDENT EAR Insights, Reviews & Interviews By Willard Jenkins

”Gupta is also an accomplished tabla player, and uses his knowledge of Hindustani cross-rhythms to create astonishingly original percussive textures on his jazz trap set” - Teed Rockwell, India Currents March 2007

”Sameer Gupta’s wire brushes suggested a field of silvery light for [Dormishia Sumbry-Edwards] to dance in.” -

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Brooklyn, NY

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced students


Sameer’s proficiency and real-world experience performing, composing and teaching music make him a valuable asset to any student of drumset and percussion. He has experience in all styles of drumming from rock, and funk to jazz. His specialties include drumset, tabla, and symphonic percussion. As a student you will find Sameer to be talented, creative, friendly, supportive, fun and who is easy to work. After receiving his B.A

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