Named in OPEN magazine's list of 50 most creative Indians in their 2010 indepence special issue, Amit Heri's artistry is centered around presenting Indian music and Jazz in an innovative and global form, with the purpose of bringing joy and connection between people and cultures.
He is one among few exceptional Indian musicians to have performed in prestigious international venues, including the Kennedy Centre, the Barbican, Montreux Jazz festival, Berlin Jazz festival, WOMAD, London Jazz festival, Rome World Music festival and the Paris Jazz festival. As a guitarist, he has shared the stage and worked with numerous internationally renowned Jazz and World music artists including Charlie Mariano, Zakir Hussain, Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Trilok Gurtu, Matt Garrison, Dominique DiPiazza and Robert Miles.
A prolific composer, Amit Heri's work combines explorations into the soulful melodic and intricate rhythmic traditions of India with the energetic and innovative expressions of Western music. He has composed music for feature films (including 'Morning Raga'), dance, theatre productions, television and radio. To date, Amit has released two albums ('Jhoola' and 'Elephant Walk'), a soundtrack, as well as several collaborations with leading musicians.
At the early age of 16, his passion for music earned him a scholarship at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied Jazz Performance & Composition. He also has a strong foundation in Indian music – melodic and rhythmic, having studied voice, sitar & vocal percussion from a young age.
Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland
Jazzfest Berlin, Germany
WOMAD – Singapore and Reading, UK
Paris Jazz Festival, France
London Jazz Festival, UK
World Social Forum, Porto Allegre, Brazil
Rome World Music festival, Italy
Joy of Jazz Festival, Johannesburg, South Africa
The Festival d'été de Québec, Canada
Moers Jazz festival, Germany
Lugano Jazz Festival, Switzerland
Jazz Festival Basel, Switzerland
World Music Festival Chicago, USA
Stuttgart Jazz festival, Germany
Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Canada
Oslo Mela, Norway
Hannover Expo, Germany
Red Clay Jazz Festival, Kauai, USA
Delhi Jazz festival, India
Kennedy center, USA
Barbican Centre, London, UK
Yoshi's, Oakland, USA
Bottomline, New York, USA
New Morning, Paris, France
House of Blues, Chicago, USA
"I practice yoga to transform and refine my body, mind and senses, with the purpose of increasing the effectiveness of my interaction in the physical and spiritual world."
Amit's goal with teaching yoga is to share the wisdom of the ancient Indian tradition of yoga with the purpose of empowering people to overcome negativity and to stay connected with the positive aspects of their being and existence.
Acceptance, awareness and transformation through tapas (burning impurities) form the basis of his practice and sharing in yoga. Focus on the breath, balance and moving towards perfection are the qualities that he strives to instill within himself and others in an environment of compassion and service.
Originally from Bangalore, Amit has been studying & practicing yoga in India with one of it's hidden treasures and masters - Mysore S Viswanath (Masterji), nephew of Ashtanga Yoga founder Sri Pattabhi Jois. He practices and studies (Patanjali's) Ashtanga Yoga system and Hatha Yoga in the tradition of Sage Gorakhshanath. Amit received his teacher training certification from Masterji and has assisted him in his classes. He has also practiced at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, with several Iyengar teachers in Pune, Mumbai, San Francisco and with Yana Lewis and O. S. Arun in Bangalore.
In the west, he has studied with Bhavani Maki (in Kauai) and has participated in workshops with Tias Little, Ana Forrest, Dharma Mittra and Desiree Rumbaugh, to name a few.
He is an E-RYT 200, RYT 500 with the Yoga Alliance International and presently teaches on the island of Kauai, Hawaii at Yoga Hanalei and Metamorphose yoga.