Meet The Band

MEET THE BAND

Satabdi Express

June 01, 2006|By SAM SESSA

Hometown -- Baltimore

Current members --Dave Cipriani, 19-string Indian slide guitar, classical and electric guitars; Adam Hopkins, upright bass; Chris Lerch, drums

Founded in --2004

Style --jazz funk with Indian overtones

Influenced by --Pandit Barun; Kumar Pal; Medeski, Martin and Wood; John Coltrane; Miles Davis; G. Love and Special Sauce

Notable --At their shows, Cipriani will play Indian or electric guitars, depending on the song. He learned to play classically first and then tackled blues and country. Crowds usually love to see him pick up the Indian guitar, he said.

Quotable --"It's been interesting," Cipriani said. "Sometimes ... people suddenly become quiet. Suddenly the whole room gets kinda quiet. If we're in a more rowdy place, people ... will say to me, `Yeah, oh my God, what is that?' It's pretty much always been enthusiastic."

Hear Satabdi Express at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. $12; $10 for members. Call 410-276-1651 or visit creativealliance.org. For more information about the band, go to myspace.com/satabdi.

sam.sessa@baltsun.com

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