The members of our faculty will be more than teachers. They’ll be your mentors, your collaborators, and help you work your way up in the music industry. Being experienced and talented professionals in their field—they bring a thorough knowledge of music to the classroom that comes from a rich professional background in the music industry. The coolest thing about the faculty at Sam is the melange of Carnatic music and western music that they will introduce to your musical sensibilities. You’ll find yourself transferring their influences to your ensemble rehearsals, performances, recording sessions, and gigs.
Steve Zerlin (USA)
Steve “Z-man” Zerlin is a brilliant and versatile bassist, fluent in many styles. He is accomplished as a jazz musician on both electric and acoustic bass and is well versed in Eastern modalities having adapted the bass guitar to perform nuances of Indian music. He has toured India, Europe and extensively throughout the USA…
Natalie John (USA)
Natalie John is one of the finest young talents to emerge in recent years in the highly competitive and world class New York Jazz scene. A native of Marin County, California, Natalie was classically trained at a very young age. She was soon drawn towards Jazz and joined the music program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles
Karina Vazquez Colis is truly one the world’s most promising talents in New York City. In addition to her skills as a drummer and percussionist, she is also an accomplished singer. Her musical work is characterized by a diversity of rhythms and styles, combining the roots of various European and Latin/South American traditions..
Sreyas Narayanun, who was earlier known as C. B. Ramanarayanan is a Carnatic vocalist of outstanding merit and has been giving concerts in prestigious concert halls in India and abroad. He is an ‘A’ grade artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan, Chennai. Blessed with a deep, resonant voice which can traverse three octaves, his musical ideas of earned a special place in the innumerable rasikas…
He is a popular mrudhangam player who learnt from Kumbakonam Rajappa Iyer and Umayalpuram Sivaraman. He is acknowledged as one of the most accommodative accompanists in the classical music scene and has played with stalwarts like Veena S. Balachandar, Thanjavur S. Kalyanaraman, Flute T. Viswanathan, T. Muktha, Thanjavur Sankara Iyer, Prof. T.N.
Carolina Calvache (Colombia)
Carolina is a New York City based pianist who has played and collaborated with musicians such as Antonio Sanchez, Jaleel Shaw, Michael Rodriguez, John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Ludwig Afonso, John Elis, Linda Oh, Hans Glawishing, Rodrigo Recabarren, Ross Pederson, Petros Klampanis, Uri Gurvish, Roman Filiu, Rodney Green
Ujjayinee Roy (India)
Ujjayinee Roy is a singer, song writer, composer and writer from Chennai, India. She has been the voice behind numerous songs in Tamil, Hindi, Telegu, Malayalam and Kannada films and has worked with the likes of A R Rahman, Illayaraja, Sajid – Wajid, Devi Sree Prasad, Yuvan Shankar Raja and MG Sreekumar among other