Gurus, Mentors, Influences

I’ve had the chance to learn and spend time with some incredible musicians without whom I would be nothing. Here’s where I thought it might be nice to put down some information and links to their work -


Ustad Faiyaz Wasifuddin Dagar - Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar represents the 20th generation of dedicated dagarvani  dhrupad singers in the Dagar family. He is the nephew of Ustad N. Zahiruddin Dagar and son of Ustad N. Faiyazuddin Dagar, the legendary younger “Dagar Brothers”.  He successfully presents the dynamic of the duet of his gurus his father and uncle in his solo performance by maintaining their distinct musical approaches and styles.


Sharat Srivastava - Owing allegiance to the ‘Senia Gharana’, Sharat has been active on the performing circuit for over 25 years. His distinct experimental approach led him to dabble with various genres of music. Sharat is both a Hindustani classical musician and a rock musician. As one of the leading classical violinists in north India, he has toured in many different parts of the world giving performances of Indian classical music, and also as the leader of the Delhi based fusion group Mrigya.


Tommy Smith -  Tenor saxophonist Tommy Smith is one of Scotlands leading jazz musicians and composers. He was recruited by master vibraphonist Gary Burton for his own band, on a recommendation from Chick Corea, at the age of 18. His first major record was recorded on the Blue Note label and produced by Burton in New York with Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette and John Scofield.  Since then, he has made twenty-six solo albums as a leader for Blue Note, Linn and his own label Spartacus Records and collaborated with  Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny, Barron, Arild Andersen, John Scofield and Trilok Gurtu to name a few. His tenure with the SNJO has seen critically acclaimed performances and recordings of programmed and commissioned works including hugely popular treatments of Ellington, Gershwin, Weather Report and Miles Davis.


Paul Harrison - is an English jazz pianist, keyboard player, organist and composer who now lives and works in Scotland. He won the Best Pianist award at the first Scottish Jazz Awards, presented in Glasgow in 2009.[1] He has released several albums under his own name and his groups that include Breach,  Herschel 36 and his interest in electronic music and free improvisation led him to form the group Trianglehead, an avant-garde brew of arresting sonics, trio interaction and acoustic exploration. He has composed music for a short film, the animated feature Criminology, Episode 1 by Robert Zywietz and has appeared with many outstanding international performers including Chris Potter, David Binney, Bobby Watson, Jesse Davis, Lea DeLaria, Joe Locke, Ulf Wakenius and Warren Vache.


Pádhraic Ó Cuinneagáin- Irish concert pianist . Pádhraic lectures in piano and academic studies for the undergraduate and postgraduate courses at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where he has held positions as Programme Chair for the BMusEd and BMusprogrammes, and also as Acting Head of the Department of Academic Studies. He is currently Programme Chair for the MMus programme. Pádhraic has wide experience as an external examiner for the Department of Education and Science, NCEA and HETAC, and has adjudicated at most music festivals throughout Ireland.  He has given lectures and masterclasses on piano repertoire, and has contributed to CMC and TCD publications of Irish contemporary piano music. He was a member of the NCCA committee which reviewed the Leaving Certificate music programme, is a member of EPTA(Ireland), and is Vice-Chairman and a member of the Executive Committee of Feis Ceoil.


Germán Lema - Argentinian Jazz Pianist/ organist, composer, teacher and producer, German studied at the American School of Modern Music in Paris and graduated with honors (winning the award for best graduate) in the race’s degree in jazz performance (BA in Jazz Performance) offered by the Newpark Music Centre in Dublin, Ireland. In 2009 he received a Masters in Contemporary Composition in the Waterford Institute of Technology and from 2006-2009 , he was a member of the teaching staff of Newpark Music Centre, the first Irish institution offering a degree in jazz performance and currently one of the most renowned in Europe, where he designed programs and dictated classes of Harmony, Composition, Arrangement, Computer Music, Jazz Ensemble and Piano. German participated as a performer at international festivals in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Spain, Ireland and Greece and also composed music for films, short films, plays and dance. In 2010, he co- founded with producer Alejo Jiménez ,the label ” Upside Down “, entirely dedicated to the Paraguayan jazz. Besides participating in various record materials, he has three solo albums, one with the trio “Cateura” and two acoustic ensemble “Entrelíneas”.


John Raphael- Indian pianist and Director at the  Delhi School of Music.



My tutors at the RCS that include Mario Caribe, Alistair Macdonald, Chris Grieve, Steve Hamilton, Kevin Mckenzie, Hamish Napier, Fali Pavri, Alyn Cosker and the legendary Steve Forman!


Some of my the musicians I have worked with over the years have as hugely influential as my teachers. All the guys in

Little Green Cars

Neil Paton

Adam Sutherland

Alan Benzie

Pete Johnstone

Brodie Jarvie

Andrew Baker

Sam Comerford

Adam Jackson

Scott Murphy

Phil Cardwell

Laura Wilkie

Mhairi Marwick

Mark Scobbie

Leo Forde

Tom Gibbs

and many more.

Seriously check all these guys out, they’re incredible.