The TED conference closed out Red Baraat’s West Coast run, which started in Mountain View at the Google Campus. Teddy Kartzman was gracious enough to hook us up with a lunch time play outdoors and what a cool experience it was. If I didn’t play music, I’d want to find some type of job at Google. The food cafes are unbelievable and the basketball courts, gym and bikes to get around!? I have to find a way to get enlisted as the Good Morning Dhol player.
I woke up to receive a horribly shocking email from my cousin in India a few days ago that Amit Saigal had passed away at the age of 46. Amit deeply impacted music in India, developing the rock scene there for the past 25 years through the publication of his magazine, Rock Street Journal, and through the endless support and promotion of Indie rock musicians. He was affectionately known as “Papa Rock.” Amit also had a major impact on me, and my relationship with my Motherland.
(Junoon with Al Gore)
On December 11th, 2007 I experienced a highlight in my performance career. As the drummer for the sufi-rock band, Junoon, I performed at the Nobel Peace Concert in Oslo, Norway, alongside artists such as Alicia Keys, Melissa Etheridge, Earth, Wind & Fire and others. What an experience!