I’m really glad that Performance Mix #34: Remotely Yours turned out to be so productive for me. I was able to wrap my head around the ideas that were all circling in my head.
As a drummer, bassist, and/or percussionist, Shyam has worked with Grammy-nominated devotional singer Jai Uttal, MacArthur Fellowship-winning choreographer Susan Marshall, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the New Pickle Circus, the League of Electronic Music Urban Robots, Polish Hare Krishna reggae group Village of Peace, and a wide assortment of artists dedicated to blending genres, performance, technology, and soul, including qawwali singers Sukhawat Ali Khan and Riffat Sultana, tabla virtuoso Suphala, beatboxer/storyteller Tim Barsky, activist/puppet collective Art & Revolution, and beatbox icon Kid Beyond.
Besides being a co-composer on albums by the Animal Liberation Orchestra and a contributor to the soundtrack of the 2004 skate documentary Never Been Done: The Jon Comer Story, Shyam performed throughout the U.S. and in India, Poland, the Netherlands, Denmark, the Czech Republic, and the Bahamas. Shyam was an “official” Burning Man musician in 1997 and the No. 1 roadie, photographer, and drum apprentice for the 1995 cross-country U.S. tour of Ranganiketan, a troupe of martial artists, singers, dancers, and drummers from Manipur, near the border of India and Burma.
Shyam played Poland’s Przystanek Woodstock, the biggest open-air festival in Europe; the Performance Mix Festival in New York; as well as multiple Radical Performance Fests and Street Theater Festivals in San Francisco. Shyam was artist-in-residence at 848 Community Center/CounterPULSE in San Francisco (1998) and a collaborative artist at Earthdance in Western Massachusetts (2010).