UPDATE: Since 2011, Simon has stopped performing on Sarod to focus on his Yoga practice. He practices Ashtanga Yoga with Vini Yoga modifications and teaches privately. Since 2015 He is now focused on bringing his North Indian Classical Khyal singing up to performance level as well as continuing with his Yoga practice.
Simon is a virtuoso Indian classical musician living in the South West of England. Simon specialises in the Sarod, a large string instrument similar to the Sitar. He took his initial training on the sarod from Ustad Wajahat Khan in London in 1993 for many years of one to one lessons. Wajahat Khan is one of the world's most renowned Sarod maestros. Simon has been performing since he graduated from the University of Winchester in 1998 with a BA Hons in World Music and English.
At that time Winchester had a thriving World music department where he was lucky enough to study Ethnomusicology with Dr Malcolm Floyd and Dr Frances Silkstone. Simon is of mixed Indian and English heritage.
Simon performs and teaches traditional North Indian Classical music on the Sarod, both solo and accompanied by the Tabla. He can bring his own PA for audiences upto 400 people. A raised stage and attractive carpet should be provided if possible but he can bring his own carpet if unavailable.Simon is available for stage concerts, festivals, corporate and private bookings.
Simon conducts lecture/demonstrations, workshops, improvisation workshops, and teaches Indian music privately or with small groups. He also teaches Indian music in schools to whole classes on harmonium, sitar and tabla and has fifteen Indian instruments available.