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Hackensack blues guitarist Mario Vickram Sen was selected as one of the top 10 finalists in the Guitar Center Blues Masters competition featuring the legendary Joe Bonamassa. Sen performed on July 27, in front of Bonamassa and a panel of judges in Los Angeles, for the chance to open for Bonamassa in Los Angeles this fall.
While Matt Hines of Chicago was ultimately chosen as the grand prize winner, Sen describes the experience as remarkable. “We had a wonderful time,” he said. “I really got to like everyone who participated with me in the competition.”
“I wish to congratulate Matt Hines, as Joe Bonamassa’s pick for winner of the Blues Masters contest this year,” Sen wrote on the Facebook page dedicated to his band, Inner Gypsy. “Matt is a truly deserving winner, he delivered a note perfect and soulful performance of Bonamassa’s “Slow Train,” connecting well with the audience, showing flourishes of virtuosity yet complementing the song material at all times. We wish him the best of luck with his career.”
Sen was born in India, grew up in London and has lived in the Tri-state area since 1973. Inner Gypsy’s music is described as an eclectic fusion of rhythmic and melodic styles from all over the world and the band has played at Phoebe’s Place in Teaneck, as well in venues as all over New York City. Sen’s wife, Tiffany, is also a member of the band.
Sen was chosen as a finalist based on his online video submission of his performance to Bonamassa’s “Story of a Quarryman,” and through his online fan growth during the first round of the contest. His video submission can viewed at http://bluesmasters.yoov.io/channels/Inner+Gypsy.