Aditya is an eclectic guitarist, composer and songwriter. He graduated from Berklee College of Music (USA) in 2010, where he received the Berklee Achievement Scholarship and won the Kenwood Dennard artist competition. Aditya Balani was chosen as one the featured artists for Jazz Revelation Records for 2010, and nominated for best song (Jazz/Blues) for the BIG STAR Indian Music Academy awards. A rare guitarist who performs microtonal music, some of his tunes feature a unique approach to fretless guitar, developed from sarod playing techniques.
Aditya shares a passion for music education, he is the Academic Director at Global Music Institute in New Delhi, which he founded along with his brother Tarun Balani (drummer/composer) in 2011. The first of its kind in India, the Institute aims to promote musical diversity with an emphasis on national and international collaboration in faculty for teaching and performance.
ADITYA BALANI GROUP
Formed in 2008, Aditya Balani Group, a cinematic-world-jazz ensemble brings together talented musicians from countries across the globe. Aiming for true artistic expression and drawing from their ethnic roots each musician adds a unique color to their sound, which is an exciting blend of the spontaneity and harmonic interplay of Jazz with the sheer intensity of melodies and rhythms inﬂuenced by Indian Classical/Folk music, and various other musical traditions of the world.
"Guitarist/Composer Aditya Balani marks new territory with his musical aspirations. From 'Answers' (a dreamy track about life's haunting why's) to 'Prarthna' (a prayer for peace pressed in splendid jazz guitar lines), his compositions are more of subconscious imprints than disciplined exercises in songwriting." -Rolling Stone India
"Their model is perhaps a pointer to the future — young, passionate jazz men who blend several inﬂuences and make jazz accessible to this generation." -Asian Age
"A mix of jazz, Indian classical and folk music...Aditya Balani's music brings to the table a very colorful and original sound." -DNA Mumbai
"An astonishingly good blend of world music and contemporary jazz." -Hindustan Times
International Folk Music Festival (USA)
Guitar Night (USA)
In India: Delhi International Arts Festival, NH7 Weekender, Jazz Utsav, Congo Square Jazz Festival, Shisha Jazz Fest, Aquajam Festival, TaBlu Jaipur and Literary Fest.
Aditya performed with bands like Advaita, Aritistes Unlimited, Crimson, Think Floyd, Incognito and performed with international artists like Kenwood Dennard, Shye Ben-Tzur, David Fiuczynski, Carl Clements and Shubha Mudgal to name a few.