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NAGORE SESSIONS (earthsync)

One of my favourite record labels EarthSync has had a brilliant year filled with some spectacular releases. Not forgetting Business Class Refugees by Kartick and Gotam, Shoshan by Shye Ben-Tzur and the very awesome New Day: Laya Project Remixed featuring some world class DJs and producers.

Back in 2009, EarthSync released Nagore Sessions, a unique musical collaboration featuring Sufi, Indian, Middle Eastern and Western elements.

A trio of traditional Sufi dargah singers teams up with Middle Eastern frame drums, the resonant strings of the sarangi (bowed, short-necked string instrument), and Tibetan brass in pulsating, elevated tracks that ring with raw power and an uplifting, transcendent call to love and devotion.

The production team from EarthSync first came to Nagore in the wake of the tragic 2004 tsunami, as part of the Laya Project, a multimedia homage to the cultures and peoples affected by the devastation.

This deep-rooted, yet open-minded musical outlook made transcultural collaboration a breeze. The dargah singers found common sonic ground instantly with Turkish-Israeli frame drum master Zohar Fresco.

Sarangi virtuoso Murad Ali Khan skillfully interwove classical Indian sounds into the folksy, compelling mix, and Patrick Sebag boldly incorporated the sounds of the horns of the Tibetan Buddhist Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. The result remains as divine and urgent as a Sufi prayer, yet instantly enjoyable and infectious.

Buy : NAGORE SESSIONS

Listen: NAGORE SESSIONS MYSPACE

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kartick and gotam | business class refugees + FREE DOWNLOAD

Last year I came across an album that still do this day is refreshing. Business Class Refugees is the collaborative project between two individuals, one a music producer and the other a sound engineer. Both come together to fuse music of different cultures with electronica, elements of dance and visual projects with a massive global appeal.

Kartick & Gotam Live! – Business Class Refugees Trailer 1

From Israel and based in Chennai, India, Patrick Sebay (Kartick) and Yotam Agam (Gotam) are the brains behind the group. They’re music utilises violins, duduks, flutes, saxophones, tablas, sarods, bass and drums alongside programming. Blending the captivating local music from around the world, also re-work a couple of traditional Indian pieces with electronic beats, its these illustrious downtempo grooves is what distinguishes Kartick & Gotam from many others!

Kartick & Gotam Live! – Business Class Refugees – Trailer 2

So how did it all start off? Nowhere near home, Kartick & Gotam were travelling from South India to a remote village in Indonesia, in a journey through Asia recording indigenous music forms. An overbooked flight and unexpected luck landed them in business class luxury. In transit in Singapore, they applied for the visa to Indonesia, and the Special Permit to Aceh. It was to take 3 hours. 6 hours later, the flight left without them. 3 days later, they were still waiting – Business Class Refugees without passports, identity, and stateless – sipping free champagne in the airline lounge or aimlessly roaming Singapore Airport… sometimes homesick, sometimes worried, but mostly, making music on their laptops.

Patrick and Yotam have collaborated on many successful world music albums, films and shows, most notably Laya Project (which I blogged a few days ago), the award-winning audio-visual documentary celebrating the music and cultural traditions of 6 countries affected by the 2004 Asian Tsunami. More recently they have worked on the latest EarthSync releases Voice Over The Bridge and Nagore Sessions, which Rolling Stone magazine called “fantastic world music”.

Kartick & Gotam – “Supreme Chaos”

This project has no end in sight, think about it, featuring distinguished artists from around Asia and the Middle East the world is their musical oyster.

Business Class Refugees is listed as one of the albums on my recommended listening list.

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So if you like what you hear, then Kartick and Gotam and Earthsync have a treat for you.

Here is a FREE DOWNLOAD of their EP

On November 19, 2009, Melbourne, Kartick & Gotam played live to rave reviews on
the Opening Night Party of the Australasian World Music Expo (AWME 09), where
they were invited to perform a guest session for The Easey Sessions at Radio PBS. The 35 minute live set is now available for free download.

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