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anuj rastogi – jams live with aref durvesh [EXCLUSIVE]

Anuj Rastogi (Omnesia) and Hasheel Lodhia recently met up with tabla maestro Aref Durvesh in Canada. When talented musicians get together, they don’t just hang, they develop and nurture musical ideas.

Here’s the product of their live floor jam sessions.

‘I Wanna Know’ – Random Live Jam (ft. Aref Durvesh) 2011

“I Wanna Know” – Promo 1
Written by: Anuj Rastogi
Aref Durvesh: Tabla
Anuj Rastogi: Spoken Word
Hasheel Lodhia: Bansuri

‘Deep Blue’ – Random Live Jam (ft. Aref Durvesh) 2011

Tracks from Anuj’s forthcoming album, “o2”.
“Deep Blue” – Unofficial Totally random jam
Written by: Anuj Rastogi
Aref Durvesh: Tabla
Anuj Rastogi: Guitar
Hasheel Lodhia: Bansuri, Vocals

Nitin Sawhney @ The Royal Albert Hall 2011

Last night, I was at Nitin Sawhney‘s ‘Last Days of Meaning’ album launch concert at the Royal Albert hall. As always, he out did himself AGAIN! Sawhney performed a couple of tracks from the new album, along with some well known classics, with the help of a string quintet and key members of his band including Martyn Kaine on drums, Aref Durvesh on Tabla and Dholak, Ashwin Srinivasan on flute and vocals, Ian Burdge on cello, Tina Grace, Nicki Wells, Natty and Lucita Jules on vocals. With a special guest performance by Soumik Datta!

There was another special performance included. The one I was waiting for … A 15 minute organ piece performed on the 140 year old 9,999 pipe Willis Organ commissioned by The Royal Albert Hall and played by Nitin Sawhney‘s childhood friend prominent Hammond organist, James Taylor of the James Taylor Quartet.

For this untitled piece, Sawhney was accompanied by a String Quintet,  Engine-Earz front man Prashant Mistry on keys, Ashwin Srinivasan on the Flute and Martyn Kaine on drums.

There’s only one word to describe this performance  … EPIC!

Organ Composition // Nitin Sawhney // Royal Albert Hall // 2011 (1 of 2)

Organ Composition // Nitin Sawhney // Royal Albert Hall // 2011 (2 of 2)

nada:brahma top tracks of 2010

Merry Christmas people!

I’ve got a round up of what I consider to be the top tracks of 2010 (in no particular order). So enough of the chit chat from me and on with the show.

Aeroplane Dope & D-Skillz featuring Raggo Blunt – Pinky Finger (Piyush Bhatnagar Remix)

Akala – Yours and My Children

Anuj Rastogi (Omnesia) – The Dark Knight – Why So Serious (Indian DubStep Remix)

Aref Durvesh + Xfile (xfile remix) – Cloudsurfing dubrub remix

Awake (karsh kale’s morning remix)

Bandish Projekt – Brown Skin Beauty (Liquid Stranger Remix)

Barbouze – Otto Matic Rumble Mix

Bass Flo – Mount Everest

Bonita Applebum – Why Can’t Love

Clare Maguire – Ain’t Nobody (breakage remix)

Daft Punk – Derezzed (from TRON: Legacy)

Dimm Summer – Rubstep – slow burn mix

Engine-Earz Experiment (Feat. Lena Cullen) – Reach You

FILMI – Technicolor

Gaudi – Bad Boy Bass (Piyush Bhatnagar Remix)

Jalebee Cartel – Mirrors (Breed Remix)

Karsh Kale & Midival Punditz – Girl Fight (Enter the Dragon)

Kaya Project – When Only Sand Remains (Tripswitch Remix)

Lal Meri – Lal Meri (Bombay Dub Orchestra Remix)

Mirko Kosmos – Light Warrior

My Pet Dragon – Flow (Karsh Kale’s Way Of The Dragon Mix)

Phaeleh – Afterglow (feat. Soundmouse)

Rita Morar & Steve Carty – Rain (Piyush Bhatnagar Remix)

Shaa’ir & Func – Every time You’re Around

Shammi Pithia – The Seeker

Sub Swara – Bend You

Sukh Knight – Gabba Wasp

The Nasha Experience – REDZONE

Bob Marley – Waiting in Vain (Susheela Raman and Karsh Kale Version)

Amal Lad – Once Upon a Time in London

2011 Favourited already:

Generation Bass Presents Transnational Dubstep Compilation



Three really nice videos I found on Youtube of Susheela Raman, Aref Durvesh and Kumar Raghunathan performing at OUTERINDIA

OUTERINDIA – a platform created to promote the best in all genres of music related to South Asia. Starting with live events, it is also intended to establish a much-needed curated internet resource for all South Asian Music.

Performances by – Susheela Raman, Aref Durvesh,Kumar Raghunathan, Kartik Raghunathan, Taalis Drums, Sam Mills with special guests SHRI and JC001.

Rational Exuberance – Aref Durvesh + Xfile

Accidentally stumbled across this next one. From the Tabla maestro Aref Durvesh and the Bassist/Producer XFile comes this next 6 track EP that combined with dubstep and classical Indian music – Dark and Hypnotic!!.


BOOSTED remix Aref Durvesh + Xfile feat T-Root

Here’s what the record label – Tigersonic says:

Durvesh’s tabla and bols provide the rhythmic framework throughout, anchoring the listener in an ethereal set of soundscapes. X-File’s highly textured synths, broken breaks, thick bass and effected samples form the rest.

Live performances from guitarist Sebastian Cure Bansuri player Lisa Mallett and vocalists Dune and T-Root add a dimension of musicianmanship that is sorely missing from asian electronica today.

Serene Smile : Aref Durvesh + Xfile

Snakecharmer : Aref Durvesh + Xfile

The Maestro and I after the London Undersound gig at Birmingham Townhall