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Badmarsh & Shri

Shri (born Shrikanth Sriram in Mumbai, India) is a British Asian musician. His work combines traditional Indian musical styles with Rock, Jazz, Drum ‘n’ Bass, and in general, can be defined as global contemporary Asian electronic music, also known as Asian Underground.

Trained as a classical tabla player, Shri is a multi-instrumentalist whose range also includes the Indian Bamboo flute and bass (in which he is largely self-taught). His trademark instrument is one he handcrafted and designed himself – a fretless bass guitar suited towards his unique approach of playing bass with a bow. He is also a composer for the stage.

Having previously played in a jazz fusion band, he moved to London in the 1990s and collaborated, as a bass player, with the London-based Asian acts like Talvin Singh, Nitin Sawhney and DJ Badmarsh. Shri toured for 5 years with Sawhney, which led in 1997 to Shri’s first solo album, Drum the Bass, produced by Sawhney and released by London-based label Outcaste Records.

Badmarsh & Shri produced two albums for Outcaste as a duo, Dancing Drums in 1998 and Signs in 2001. Shri released another solo album, East Rain, in 2005, on the “Drum the Bass” label. All of these albums mixed contemporary British Drum ‘n’ Bass with more traditional Indian styles.

In addition, he has also collaborated musically with theatrical productions – composing for Akademi’s 2001 ‘Coming of Age’ dance project at London’s South Bank, the Builder’s Association/Motiroti co-production ‘Alladeen’ in 2003, and Tamasha Theatre Company’s ‘Strictly Dandia’ in 2005.” Source

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