Guitarist-composer Sanjay Mishra plays with an "eclecticism well suited to his multicultural background" (The Denver Post). He composes music that combines Eastern and Western influences. In an interview with The Washington Post, he explained, "I come from a tradition that has a lot of improvisation. Sometimes Western classical music can seem a little rigid, I had to find some middle ground."
Mr. Mishra first came to public acclaim for his album Blue Incantation with guitarist Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead. It is one of Mr. Garcia's rare collaborations in his later years and represents some of his last works.
Mr. Mishra's CDs include Chateau Benares, with guest appearances by musicians from India and the US, including DJ Logic and Keller Williams, Rescue, on which he is backed up by drummer Dennis Chambers (Santana) and tabla Player Samir Chatterjee among others.
He has also composed music for films. His score for the French film Port Djema received the "Lifetime Vision Award" at The Hamptons International Film Festival in New York (Stephen Speilberg-chair). The film was awarded The Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Mr. Mishra primarily records on Akar Music, distributed by City Hall Records, San Rafael, CA. His music has also been released on PolyGram, Philips, Mercury, EMI (India) Ryko, Putumayo, Melodia, and other labels. He is the author of Guitar Atlas: India, an instruction book published by Alfred.
He is a graduate of The Peabody Conservatory of Music.