Shri Bruce Hamm
Advanced Sarod and Sitar Teacher
Bruce Hamm is ‘gandabandha shishya’ of the revered Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He performs all over the world and has been for many years a respected teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Bruce began learning from Khansahib at the Ali Akbar College in 1974 and pursued an intense and continuous study of instrumental and vocal music with his Guru for 35 years.
He began teaching at the Ali Akbar College of Music in 1982, at first assisting beginning students in understanding the music, the compositions and the technique of their instruments. Later his role expanded, and he was one of only a handful of disciples asked to continue teaching at the AACM after Khansahib's death in 2009.
Bruce had the rare opportunity on several occasions to perform onstage with his Guru. He performs regularly in India and has played with many of India's leading tabla players, including Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri.