Living Colurs (Rain Tree Records)
Quebec-born multi-instrumentalist Nadaka has spent over three decades in India, particularly in Auroville. In this fine fusion album he plays with the five Basavaraj brothers, sons of Indian flautist Sudharshana Rao Basavaraj. The Chennai-based lineup includes Bala Sai on flute, Ragavendra on violin, Sivaramakrishna on sitar, Ganesh on tabla and Ramakrishna on mridangam and kanjira.
The album was recorded at Rain Tree Studio, Auroville. The 6 tracks are divided into a total of 18 items, making for almost an hour of fine immersive listening. Our favourite track is Chakra, especially the guitar solo with kanjira. In sum, a splendid fusion of Indian classical and Western music.
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Author: Madanmohan Rao
Madanmohan Rao is an author and media consultant from Bangalore, and global correspondent for world music and jazz for World Music Central and Jazzuality. He has written over 15 books on media, management and culture, and is research director for YourStory Media. Madan was formerly World Music Editor at Rave magazine and RJ at WorldSpace, and can be followed on Twitter at @MadanRao.