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Roberto Narain,Mumbai

A Drummer / Percussionist who hears a different sound and beat , Roberto Narain has been captivating music fans for more than 20 years as a musician.

Roberto was born in Monza, Italy and lived in Bangkok, Thailand for over 15 years after which his family settled in Bangalore. He began drumming from the age of 13 and has performed in musical styles ranging from rock, jazz rock, funk, fusion, and metal to contemporary jazz and world music throughout India as well as on the international music circuit. Roberto has played in and with numerous bands such as Middle Earth, Millennium, and WARDEN as well as musicians like Dr. L.Subramanium and Konarak Reddy.

He is currently studying carnatic classical music theory under the guidance of Mr. T.A.S. Mani of the Karnataka College of Percussion in order to incorporate nuances of carnatic rhythm into performing on the drum set.

Roberto is currently playing with the band ARYA, which performed at the prestigious festival “La Mar de Musicas , in Cartagena ,Spain on July 15th 2003. Arya has just returned from their first tour of U.S. of America in September 2004.

He is also a partner of The Active, a recording studio with Singer/Actress Vasundhara Das in Bangalore.

From the first solo drum performance, “sounds from my mind” in Bangalore in December 2001, Roberto opened new doors of percussion when he explored limitless possibilities of music from his Roland V drums. This form of music is also called textual drumming. The process of layering( through MIDI ) with samples , loops , sounds and now also visuals adds to enhance the musical experience and proceeds to blow his audience’s collective mind with the sounds and sights from his one man band.

Roberto also undertakes exclusive product launches for high tech products by creating a complete audio / visual presentation. He also performed for, at the K.S.C.A stadium in Bangalore during the recent test matches between India and Australia / Pakistan held between 6th to 10 of October 2004 and 24th to 28th March 2005. Currently working for brand promotion for Seagrams “fling” brand, (Music and Visuals)and for Roland, Japan.

Roberto has now set up base in Mumbai, and is looking for working in the fields of Live Performance, Programming, etc.

Email: roberto@drumjam.in
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