Satnam Ramgotra is part of the new Asian Underground movement making waves in today’s pop culture, blending traditional drumset with Indian, African, and World Percussion elements in modern musical environments.
His formal training on both drumset and Indian Classical tabla started at the age of ten. Throughout his school years, Satnam performed and competed in regional and national band festivals across Canada, where he was repeatedly singled out and received many awards for his talents. Satnam later relocated to California to further his musical ambitions at the renowned Percussion Institute of Technology, and soon thereafter began performing live and recording with many of his instructors.
After studying the tabla under renowned table maestro, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Satnam later expanded his experience with percussion to include frame drums, African percussion, dumbek, congas, and ‘tinkertoys’ Playing with the legendary Ustad Salamat Ali Khan helped Satnam refine his tabla stylings.
Satnam has toured with world renowned musicians in the past dozen years, including Nikka Costa, Beck, Sting, Seal, Lili Haydn, and Jada Pinkett & Wicked Wisdom. He has recorded and performed with Macy Gray, Hans Zimmer, Aaron Zigman, Wayne Jones, Jon Gilutin, Carl Stevenson, POE, Torrell Ruffin, FreakJuice, Danny Peck, Lamya, Michael Landau, Dionesis Savvoupolos, Donna Delory, Slapbak, Rick Boston, Nikos Kippergos, David Lynch, Peter Himmelman, Harold Kloser, Haddaway, and Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, among others. Satnam’s credits also include TV’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson, the “Rosie O’ Donnell Show”, “CBS Morning Show”, “Late World with Zack”, The Radio Music Awards (2001), “M.D”s (ABC/Disney), and BBC’s “Top of the Pops”; movie credits include “Black Hawk Down”, “John Q”, “Zoolander”, and most recently “Matchstick Men”; radio appearances include KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic”, and “Cafe LA”, both of which have included live performances.
Satnam has also significant international teaching experience at Poly-Rhythmos School of Music (Athens, Greece), The Jazz School of Luzerne (Luzerne, Switzerland), Sikh Society of Saskatoon (Saskatoon, Canada), and the Musicians Institute (Hollywood, CA), in addition toteaching drums and tabla locally as time permits.
Satnam is once again playing and touring with Nikka Costa, and his recent collaborations with jazz artist Rodney Lee in their duo project “Alien Chatter” have brought new light to modern day piano with the initial infusion of Indian Classical tabla, and successfully combine live drums and world percussion in an “Indo-Jazz” musical environment.