Having lent India’s pioneering folk-rock outfit Indian Ocean its unique sound with his distinct style of playing the guitar, founder member Susmit Sen is now embarking on a new journey, literally. The musician, who released his debut solo album Depths Of Ocean earlier this year, will be touring five cities and performing with his new setup, Susmit Sen Chronicles.
“I’ve been a performer all my life. My endeavour has always been to take my compositions to as many people as possible. This new setup comprises youngsters and there’s a new expression in our music,” says Susmit. The band features Anirban Ghosh (bass guitar), Gyan Singh (tabla), Nikhil Vasudevan (percussions), Amit Sharma (vocals) and Rajeev Raja (flute). His album also features collaborations with singer Shubha Mudgal and Papon. Ask him if his performances with Indian Ocean will continue as usual now that he has a new team, and he retorts. “Indian Ocean is also my own band and will always be. We are working on a new album currently,” says the Delhi-based musician, who just got back from attending the Guitare en Scene, a niche festival held in Geneva. “It was fantastic to meet musicians like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. I will be performing at the festival next year.” Susmit’s multi-city tour will begin with a gig in the city tonight at Hard Rock Café, Worli, and he will perform at the live music venue’s outlets at Pune, Hyderabad and Bengaluru before the final performance in Delhi on August 23.
Catch Susmit Sen live at Hard Rock Café, tonight from 8.30 pm onwards. Entry is Rs.1,000 (Entry-Rs.500 and cover-Rs.500). Call 2438 2888.