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.
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.