Thursday, April 3, 2014

Janasamodini-new Arohi cd of raga jazz chamber music

Janasamodini... the first fiinshed mix from our upcoming new Arohi cd of raga jazz chamber music (5 years in the process), to be released this fall 2014.  Janasamodini is a beautiful 6 note raga originating from the Karnatic (South Indian) classical tradition.  Our guru Pt. Ravi Shankar I believe popularized this raga in the North Indian form. 

This 25 minute, multi-movment suite includes extensive traditional aspects including the meditative and slow pulsing movements of alaap and jor and several gate (original compositions) in the raga with ensemble & solo taans, tehais and jhala with improvisations and contemporary touches of counterpoint, dialogues and harmony.

Listen to this excerpt here: (click on picture)

This lineup of Arohi Ensemble features:

Partho Sarodi ~ sarod
Paul Livingstone ~ sitar
Pedro Eustache ~ bansuri
Abhijit Banerjee ~ tabla
Peter Jacobson ~ cello
Dave Lewis ~ drums
Somnath Roy ~ ghatum