Guitar for Singer-Songwriters/Composition/Improvisation/Jazz
(individual and group lessons. Ages 12 and up)
Nishad Pandey was born in India but has spent extended periods of time living in Japan, UK, USA, and Australia. As a result of this nomadic existence, Nishad has been exposed to musical and cultural forms from across the globe.
He is a member of experimental world pop band Hatchlings, modern jazz piano-guitar duo Tinctures, Indian Classical fusion band Calcutta Chronicles, and Bengal to Bavaria, an acoustic trio in which folk repertoire from India and Germany provides a vehicle for contemporary improvisation.
Before turning to music professionally he studied History and Politics at Oxford University. In Melbourne, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance at Monash University and studied with many of the elite jazz musicians of Australia. Between 2011-17, Nishad was based in Kolkata, studying under renowned Indian Classical slide guitarist Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, composing original music and performing widely.
During this time he was a member of Indo-Jazz band Kendraka, recording on three albums and performing in various countries such as UK, Switzerland, Nepal, Japan and Malaysia. In 2013, Calcutta Chronicles released their debut album, Beyond The Ragasphere, featuring illustrious musicians such as John McLaughlin, JerryDouglas, Tanmoy Bose, Bickram Ghosh and Jeff Sipe. In May 2014 the band embarked on an 11-city tour of the UK, to glowing reviews.
Nishad is now based in Berlin, where he works as a freelance guitarist, composer and teacher. He frequently collaborates with musicians from around the world. He also remotely curates events for Depot48, an
independent music venue in Delhi.