Kenneth Isaac (Head of Section)

Kenneth2Kenneth confesses he turned to music because he was bored with the other things in life. Today, he finds that music brings peace of mind and it conveys what one cannot express verbally.

Initially a student of music at the BSM under Mr. Nicholas Furtado,he completed his school and college in Bangalore and has been a permanent part of the faculty at the BSM for the past 25 years. His several successful accomplishments include participation in master classes and workshops conducted by the following guitarists – Adam Khan (England), Roger Zimmerman (Germany), Antonio Chaino (Portugal), Timothy Walker (England), Dagoherto Linhares (Switzerland), Pierre Sanchez (France), Marco Socias (Spain), Martin Kaajii (Holland), Jorgos Panetsos (Greece), Duo Astor (France and Spain), Dr. Paul Grore (USA) to name a few. Kenneth was also invited to the Royal School of Music, Stockholm (Sweden) for master classes with guitarists Mats Bergstrom, Peter Berlin Carlson and Calle’ Ljunqvist. “The sound of the classical guitar appealed to me a great deal. It has this warm and soothing quality of sound, which attracted me to this instrument,” His inspirations – blues, jazz, classical musicians and composers of the world, and the 1970′s -80′s rock musicians.

 

Dinesh K (Deputy Head of Section)

Dinesh1Dinesh is Deputy Head of the Guitar Department at the Bangalore School of Music. He is skilled at playing the classical guitar, which he teaches, as well as the Portuguese guitar, for which he underwent special training. In 2012 he received a scholarship to study the technique of playing flamenco guitar in Spain. Dinesh grew up in a small town where formal training in Western music was not available. Nevertheless, the guitar was a popular instrument, and he benefited from the strong musical culture of his people which inspired him to persevere with his guitar study and practice. Dinesh considers that performing frequently is the only way to ensure regular practice and the art of presenting oneself on stage, all of which are complementary. According to him, patience is one of the most important qualities required for teaching. His plans for the future include specializing in the instruction of younger children and formulating a good system of group teaching.

Dinesh holds a Dip.ABRSM in Classical Guitar and in 2006 Dinesh was awarded a scholarship to learn the Portuguese Guitar under the tutelage of Maestro Antonio Chainho in Portugal. He has also learnt the Flamenco Guitar under Prof. Jorge El Pisoa in 2012 in Granada, Spain.

 

Andy Ramesh

andyA Classical Guitarist now, Andy played the Harmonica in his school days, but was also exposed to the ‘rock band’ music of Carlos Santana and Martyred Man, besides the musical genres of the ‘60s and ‘70s.  He studied Classical Guitar and Musical Theory with Thagadurai Samuel and Ms Salisbury respectively, at Musée Musical in Chennai, thereafter himself teaching there for ten years.  During this period Andy also played for commercial movies under South Indian Music Directors.  He received an award for Best Teacher from the Trinity College London Examination Centre   , Chennai, for the excellent results of his students.  In 1984 he was an active member of a Folk Rock group, ‘The Jah Acoustic Band’.  Andy’s inspiration came from listening to guitar vituosos like John Williams, Julien Bysantine and Wolfgang.  To quote Andy on his gains from teaching and performing – “There is immense satisfaction in performing and at the same time bringing up the younger generation to play the classical guitar with appropriate technique, tonality and feel.”  He looks forward to building up and touring with a guitar orchestra comprising of his students.

 

Poireinganba Thangjam (Len)

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“Poireinganba Thangjam (Len) has been a part of the BSM since 2009 and has taken active part in Performance & Teaching. He draws his inspirations of his Classical Guitar playing from a variety of music genres as he has a background and initial introduction in Rock & Popular music. The ‘Classical turn’ was aroused internally and shaped by his mentor and guide, Aribam Uttam Sharma.  Poireinganba’s influences in music is diverse and includes musicians such as Steve Howe & Chris Squire (Yes), Toru Takemitsu, Carlé Costa, Igor Stravinsky, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Arvo Part, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brian May, Jeff Beff, Bela Bartok, Erik Satie, Leo Brouwer, Claude Debussy among others. He is also the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Classical Guitar Augmented (CG+), a BSM newsletter booklet focused primarily on contemporary classical music especially drawn from the Classical Guitar. CG+ is proud of being the first Newsletter booklet of its kind in the Southern Asian lands spanning from the Middle East to South East Asian regions of the globe. (Read more about CG+ at www.classicalguitaraugmented.wordpress.com).

He is currently an independent contemporary classical music researcher and composer with at least 5 compositions to his name and still hones the skill through teaching by implementing free form Mind-Body awareness, Eastern and Western philosophy as part of the learning process for students. He spends time with his hobbies of painting, writing poetry and long drives with his scooter! Poireinganba’s ideas on teaching and life is, “Everyone is born as an Artists but grow up out of it… It’s the return journey where most of us need the guide through the confusion”.