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Manish Pingle feat. John Ball


M@BU and Fuse Art Space proudly present what promises to be an amazing duo performance of Indian slide guitar and tabla to brighten up your Monday evening, featuring the inimitable talents of Manish Pingle from Mumbai, and John Ball of Sheffield, UK.

Supported by the University of Bradford and Arts Council England.

Born into a family of music lovers, MANISH PINGLE was introduced to Indian classical music by his mother. After initially studying classical vocal , he began training in Indian slide guitar under the tutelage of the late Shri Vishnu Waliwadekar. Manish is currently under the tutelage of USTAD SHAHID PARVEZ, the famous sitar maestro of Itawa gharana.

Possesing a strong urge to innovate - as a means of developing the richness and timbre of the slide guitar tradition - Manish experimented with altering string arrangements and varying his playing techniques. Inspired by masters like Pt. Brijbhushan Kabra, Pt. Vishwamohan Bhatt, and Taalim, and with blessings from his gurus, Manish developed a unique right hand picking style, blending it with powerful left hand slides. His mastery over the development of a raga and the intricacies of taal comes from the years he spent studying with his guru, the sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez.

With his Guruji, Shahid Parvez, Manish was awarded the title ‘SURMANI’ by Sur Sringar Samsad, in Mumbai. He is an artist of All India Radio and Television, and has won many accolades performing solos, duets and fusion concerts - collaborating with fellow musicians from India and also international musicians like blues legend Michael Messer and saxophonist George Brooks. Manish has recorded music albums with international maestros like Hector Zazou (France), and a trio album with Michael Messer (UK) and Gurdain Singh Rayatt.

JOHN BALL is a dedicated performer and teacher of North Indian music specialising in both tabla and the one hundred stringed santoor. He has been World Musician in Residence in the Department of Music at the University of Sheffield since 2008. John has studied Santoor with Sri Harjinder Pal Singh, a senior disciple of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, and has received extensive training from some of India's greatest tabla maestros including Sri Sudhir Saxena, Ustad Faiyaz Khan and Pandit Yogesh Samsi.

Over the last 15 years John has built a reputation as an active and committed teacher promoting Indian music through regular workshops in schools, universities and community projects. He has also had several articles on Indian Music published, and has written over 100 liner notes for Indian Music CD releases. In recent years he has worked as a composer and performer in several successful collaborative projects, including Indus, Rafiki Jazz and Unfurl, fusing Indian music with other world music traditions, performing at Womad, Edinburgh Festival, Musicport, Brecon Jazz Festival and London Jazz Festival amongst others. He also regularly performs as an accompanist with Balbir Singh Dance Company.