Sam Evans


Over the past decade Evans has evenly divided his time between Australia and India performing concerts as soloist and accompanist in both traditional and modern music. He has performed live on Indian and Australian television, on national and international radio and at numerous international jazz and world music festivals. He is currently teaching Indian and world music at Monash University where he co-founded and directs the highly successful Monash World of Music Orchestra.

Raised in rural Australia, Evans was a member of the popular Machine Translations and later spent a decade in Calcutta with funding assistance from the Australia Council for the Arts, the Ian Potter Foundation and Monash University studying tabla under one of the world’s most renowned tabla players, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. Evans has drawn from his rural Australian and Indian influences to create a distinctive musical approach which expresses both a sense of spaciousness and the vibrant sophistication of the Indian tabla tradition.

Renowned for his cross-cultural music collaborations Evans has performed and written music for the television, animation, documentaries and regularly performs with some of Melbourne’s finest jazz musicians. Fine Blue Thread, his project with Indonesian singer Ria Soemardjo and well known cellist Helen Mountfort (my friend the chocolate cake) have received rave reviews and played sell out shows throughout Australia and have just finished recording their debut album, Red Mountain, to be released in 2009.

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