Mahadev Productions

Indian Slide Guitar, Guitar

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Conjuror of mysterious sounds from 7-string nylon, electric and 20-string Indian slide guitars, able to bring authentic Indian, African, Spanish and Gypsy flavor but completely fluent in American Indie rock, blues and songwriter traditions. Willing and able to geek out on Bowie, Afrobeat, post-punk, Django, and Indian music at a moment's notice.

Award-winning guitarist Dave Cipriani plays mystic 7-string hybrid guitar, 7-string classical (nylon-string) and Indian slide guitars. Hybrid electric guitar originated with jazz virtuoso pioneer Charlie Hunter - it is a combined guitar AND bass, it goes to 2 amps and in the right hands sounds like 2 people. Dave Cipriani also sings while he plays the instrument.

Dave also is a highly accomplished player of Indian Slide guitar, the 20-string Indian instrument pioneered by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Debashish Bhattacharya, and Barun Kumar Pal, one of Dave’s most important teachers.

He has been featured in the soundtracks for “Basmati Blues,” “Jaya,” and “The Tiger Hunter” as well as the live DisneyWorld show “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic.,” and has self-produced 5 CD’s and has received awards from the Maryland State and Baltimore City Arts Councils for his unique guitar style.

Dave’s heartfelt songs, rhythmic guitar style and untethered improvisations draw on Indian, African, Balkan and Latin music, Jazz, Folk, Blues and rock/singersongwriter traditions for an exhilarating. Besides Dave’s original songs and instrumentals, you might hear a Van Morrison or Bruce Springsteen tune with African guitar style, Leonard Cohen in odd meter or with Indian slide guitar, or traditional African, Balkan or Celtic tunes that GROOVE.

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Interview with Mahadev Productions

  1. Q: What's your typical work process?

  2. A: Typically I'll get the track from the client, try a few different ideas, sometimes even cold. Sometime i may need to map out the chords, but usually can do that in my head.

  3. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  4. A: Simple home studio, 2019 Macbook Pro with logic Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 interface Shure SM58 MXL V69 Condenser SE X1 R ribbon mic Technics Midi electric piano

  5. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  6. A: way too huge a list, but: Jeff Tweedy/Wilco Richard Thompson Nels Cline Ali Akbar Khan Ravi Shankar Beck PJ Harvey U2 VAN MORRISON Ry Cooder Ali Farka Toure Beatles

  7. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  8. A: It is wildly all over the place. I did a bunch of sessions for Paul Masvidal of Cynic for the film "The Tiger Hunter" that originally was just supposed to be Indian guitar, but i ended up singing a Mick Jagger style song for it also! I had a similar thing with Jesus Mind Glaze, where i was called to play Indian guitar, but threw down some Mick Ronson style electric guitar licks. I love the eclectic work

Rafe Pearlman and the Rare Birds

I was the Guitarist in this production

Terms Of Service

2 revisions, typically 2 days turnaround time for simple projects.

GenresSounds Like
  • Ali Farka Touré
  • Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
  • Richard Thompson
Gear Highlights
  • 2007 Concord Indian Slide Guitar (20-strings)
  • 2018 Hybrid Guitar Co. Universal 7 Hybrid Guitar
  • 2017 Miroslav Tadic 7-string electric guitar (hybrid bass/guitar)
  • 2014 Kremona 7-string Classical Guitar
  • EHX Bass9
  • EHX Ocean's 11
  • Cordoba Ukulele
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