Mr. Albert A. Pinto   
Fulbright-Nehru Project Title: "Hybrid Music: Forging Sonic Bonds between Carnatic Music and
Modern Jazz"
Field of Study: Study of India
Home Institution in US: At-Large, CA
Host Institution in India: Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu  
Start date/Month in India: August 2013
Duration of grant: Nine months

Brief Bio:
California Institute of the Arts graduate Mr. Albert Pinto is an award-winning guitarist and composer. Residing in San Francisco, Mr. Pinto is an active contributor to the Bay Area's music scene, co-founding/directing the SF Offside festival, leading his own trio and performing in numerous indie-rock and folk side projects. His jazz music strives to seamlessly blend traditions of Hindustani classical music and modern jazz, creating new soundscapes that push the boundaries of hybrid music. Mr. Pinto has presented his music at Stanford University, been a guest artist at Arizona State University and been featured in Downbeat and Guitar Player magazines. He is actively working on the follow-up recording to his debut album, Inner State (Pursuance Records, 2011).

Identity has long been a focal point of Mr. Pinto's artistic expression. Growing up in a multicultural home with an Indian father and American mother from Wisconsin, Mr. Pinto's search for identity manifested itself in his music. For the past six years his musical study and output has been dedicated to honing a North Indian Hindustani classical music-jazz hybrid sound. Extending this hybridization of Indian music with jazz, Mr. Pinto now seeks to integrate the melodic and rhythmic traditions of South Indian classical Carnatic music to create a comprehensive hybrid musical expression that will impact jazz performance/education and contribute to developments in South Asian Studies.