April 4 – Chennai, April 5 – Bengaluru, April 7 – Kolkata, April 8 - Mumbai

Chennai, April 04, 2010: Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM), India’s first professional college for contemporary Jazz, Rock and World Music being currently built in a 4 acre campus at MARG Swarnabhoomi is presenting the world’s most acclaimed bassist and five-time Grammy Award winner Victor Wooten in a series of masterclasses and concerts from April 4 to April 8, 2010 in Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Mumbai. While Mr. Wooten will present the masterclasses himself, he will perform the concert in each city with top class musicians from India including guitarist and President of SAM Prasanna, ghatam maestro Dr. S. Karthick and Khanjira maestro Bangalore Amrit.

Mr. Wooten will also officially launch the admissions process for applying to Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music’s first fully residential 6-month diploma program starting on July 26, 2010. The diploma program will feature world class faculty such as guitarists Prasanna (India), Rubens De La Corte (Brazil), Ed Degenaro (Germany) and Andro Biswane (Netherlands), bassists Steve Jenkins (USA) and Steve Zerlin (USA), drummers David Anderson (USA), Jovol Bell (USA), Atma Anur (Poland) and Harvey Wirht (Suriname), vocalists Natalie John (USA) and Sarah Jerrom (Canada), pianists Manu Koch (Switzerland) and Vardan Ovsepian (Armenia), Ghatam player Dr. S Karthick (India) and additional faculty for Carnatic voice and other Indian percussion.

Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music is partnering with some of the world’s most prestigious companies such as Hal Leonard Publishing, Mesa Boogie amplifiers, Kawai Pianos and several others to bring high quality instruction materials and state of the art musical equipment for the college.

For further information on Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, please visit: www.sam.org.in