Ards International Guitar Festival 2017

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Amrit Sond


Grammy Award winner Amrit Sond’s unique contemporary instrumental music draws on elements of world music, jazz, classical, folk, rock and new acoustic techniques (two-handed tapping and percussive slaps) – all shaped into a highly-refined and melodically-driven compositional approach.

Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, he was exposed to African Folk Music at a very early age, and, being of Asian origin, Indian Music was always the backdrop of his family home life. He later studied Art and his family moved to the Middle East (Kuwait) where he then became interested in Arabic and eastern music. This coupled with the African and Indian Music influences that he grew up with, has helped shape his unique compositions.

Amrit has been featured in the US Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, has appeared at The Opera North Leeds Grand Theatre, The Acoustic Avalon Show in Leicester, the Cambridge Folk Festival, London Guitar Festival, the Frankfurt Musikmesse and many other festivals and venues throughout the UK and Europe.

He was awarded a Grammy for his version of the Henry Mancini classic tune ‘Two for the Road’ featured on the album Pink Guitar – the Music of Henry Mancini.