Finally! the episode I’ve been waiting for! … Titled ‘Changing World’ sees two of my friends, singer-songwriter – Monica Dogra and U.K.-based breakbeat performer and producer Shri collaborating with folk collective Rajasthan Roots.
Bandish Projekt Remix of the track Quest original by Vivek Rajagopalan. Quest has acclaimed violinist Embar Kannan on violin and vocals Shri of the Badmarsh & Shri on bass and bowed bass and Vivek on Mridangam and Kanjira. Quest features a haunting melody sung in Tamil over dark bass and heavy undertones. A line from the the great poet Subramania Bharati‘s poem is used to bring the “soul searching” element to this melodious track.
Have you ever travelled to particular locations across India or even the world and been inspired by the sights and sounds of the surroundings and wanting in interpret and amalgamate it in your own way? I have, and certainly most musicians have too.
Beginning on Sun. 16th Oct on Star World [India] is a brilliant new and original series – part documentary part travelogue called The DEWARISTs.
The DEWARIST is an initiative that brings together musicians led by passion, but from distinctly different musical backgrounds. They explore the some stunning locations across India and by the end of their journey, the artists would have composed a track that would resonate their individual genres and encapsulate the sounds and culture of surrounding place – “a melting pot of all the sounds simmering under the mainstream.”
The DEWARIST movement recognises and celebrates those who have changed the rules of the game. It identifies and promotes those individuals who have followed their hearts and shifted the paradigm through their original approach.
The DEWARIST‘s encourage individuals to do what they believe in, because some things are just worth doing.
The show will feature an array of magnificent artists such as Imogen Heap, Shaa’ir [Monica Dogra], Indian Ocean, Shri, the prolific composer duo Vishal Shekhar to rock icons Parikrama and loads more!
Creativity at its best!!
The Dewarists – Monica Dogra
SHRI (of Badmarsh and Shri) is an artist who I’ve been a fan of for years. My first introduction to the duo was the highly acclaimed album ‘SIGNS’ which was groundbreaking and put on heavy rotation for weeks on my CD player (days before the iPod ;))
I was absolutely thrilled when I found out SHRI has set up a masterclass to teach budding musicians, producers and artists. Having a wealth of practical knowledge and hands on experience that spans 17 years, SHRI will offer one to one sessions for anyone who would like a quick grasp of the bigger picture or improve certain aspects of playing, imagining, creating or technology.
The subjects include:
MUSIC PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY // Applying Music Technology. Practical approach to Understanding & Using Music Technology to Record and work with Audio & Midi, using Logic software as a Recording & Composing tool, Music Production Techniques, Mixing on a computer.
BASS // Extending the Possibilities of Bass playing and Technique. Practical experience based approach to Grooves, Bass Lines, Attitude and Soloing.
TABLA // Basics or advanced aspects of Tablas and Rhythm. Equally useful to singers, guitarists, bass players etc, to get a strong sense of rhythm in playing/performing and also learning the Indian System of counting beats on Even or Odd Time rhythms. For advanced Tabla players, learning to find the spaces and groove with Tablas on beats like Drum&Bass, DubStep, Rock, Pop etc or to just simply play better and stronger.
For information on fees please visit: http://shri.co.uk/masterclass or email: masterclass(at)shri.co.uk
See him in action:
Shri-Jugalbandi. Live@Hoxton Bar&Kitchen, London.
So, 26th of March, I made my way to Nomad, London with a few friends. What a night! DJ sets by GES-E, OSMANI SOUNDZ, SHANDY and SQUAREWAVE … not to mention KARSH KALE spinning tracks from his latest album CINEMA and DJ ZAKHM invading our sound space with an assortment finest of Asian Underground.
And the main man of the night, AJAY NAIDU for whom this party was for, won Best Actor at the British Asian Film Festival for ASHES …Very well deserved!!!
To commemorate the soon to be released CINEMA by KARSH KALE, He is giving away MALLIKA JAM featuring Anne Rani
A fab night, well worth the trek for! Thank you to RAVI PUROHIT for taking the snaps!
Hey people here are some awesome pics taken last week at RichMix, where Shri, Bandish Projekt, Last Mango in Paris, Sanchita Farruque, Lord Kimo and Bobby Friction graced us with their presence.
I bombed it down the motorway from Birmingham to London and caught the last 50 mins of it. I was disappointed with the turn out.
I get emails and facebook messages from so many people. Sanj, let me know when the next gig is. Sanj the music is awesome where can I see it live? Well there are people out there holding these gigs and people just don’t turn up.
What’s with that? There is a lot of hard work and effort that goes into staging even a small gig. This is a chance for fans to support the artist so they continue to make new music that will push boundaries.
I cannot stress the importance of fan support. Its crucial.
Please do make the effort to attend!
Check out the first in many videos from outstanding performances:
The below pics taken by Ravi Purohit:
Who knows what’s going to happen with the Commonwealth games, but India is coming to London next week … Bandish Projekt one of the pioneers of “Asian Electronica” is in the country and will be playing at the Rich Mix in London on 8th October 2010 at Bobby Friction Presents along with Shri (of Badmarsh and Shri) will be performing live and Bobby will be DJing some dark desi dubstep! POW!
Photo by: http://www.marcdegroot.co.uk/
Message from BHEJA FRY RECORDS:
I know for all the Hindu community it’s the first day of Navaratri and I have been promised we will get to hear their world famous track Garba Rave which came from the inspiration of the 9 day festival starting on the same day. So if you fancy an alternative night come join Shri LIVE Bandish Projekt LIVE and Bobby Friction DJ Set.