Mashkoor Ali Khan – Transcendence (Nimbus Alliance, 2017)
Transcendence is a set of 5 ragas performed by Indian classical music maestro Mashkoor Ali Khan.
The musical pieces featured in the album include monsoon season ‘Raga Desh, Drut bandish in Jhap tal’ that uses vocal sounds with no meaning.
‘Raga Shahana, Madhyalaya bandish in Teental’ is a raga of festivity and happiness often performed at weddings.
Track 3 is ‘Raga Jhinjhoti, Madhyalaya bandish in Rupak tal & Drut bandish in Teental’, one of Mashkoor Ali Khan’s favorite compositions.
‘Raga Bhupali, Tarana in Teental’ includes vocals based on Persian and Arabic distinct sounds.
The last track, ‘Raga Basant, Drut bandish in Ektal’ is a seasonal raga, traditional performed during spring.
The lineup includes Mashkoor Ali Khan on vocals; Anindo Chatterjee on tabla; Kedar Naphade on harmonium; Michael Harrison and Shampa Bhattacharya on tanpura.
Transcendence features masterful performances by Mashkoor Ali Khan and Anindo Chatterjee and is an excellent example of the Kirana Gharana (Kirana school) of Indian classical Music.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.