A Sonic Alchemy of South Indian Fusion with a Dash of Vintage Bollywood

autorickshaw - So The Journey Goes
autorickshaw – So The Journey Goes
Canada – Following recent tours to India (with performances in Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and at the prestigious Jaipur Festival in Rajasthan) from January 2nd-22nd, and on Canada’s west coast (9 performances) from January 24th-Ferbruary 7th, autorickshaw announced the release of their 3rd album, ‘So The Journey Goes
Featuring the hypnotic, sub-continental vocal stylings of Suba Sankaran  (daughter of master drummer Trichy Sankaran), virtuoso bassist Rich Brown, tabla player Ed Hanley and versatile percussionist Debashis Sinha  with special guests: guitarists Kevin Breit & John Gzowski, jazz drummer Mark McLean, master percussionist Trichy Sankaran, multi-instrumentalists George Koller & Dylan Bell (dilruba and Wurlitzer) and a blistering horn section from The Hannaford Street Silver Band.The repertoire on the album is diverse, journeying from Leonard Cohen to Bollywood, tabla solos to breakbeats and south Indian classical to Bitches Brew-style improv, with multiple stops in between.
Highlights include the title track, So The Journey Goes, an autobiographical song based in a bluesy south Indian raga, complete with a train rap from a south Indian railway line; the 1970’s Bollywood classic Aaj Ki Raat, featuring a horn section from The Hannaford Street Silver Band playing an arrangement by the UK’s acclaimed Bollywood Brass Band; Manju Nihar, a north African-tinged Tamil folk song with electric bass and gimbri; Nalina Kanthi, a new traditional composition by master drummer Trichy Sankaran, commissioned by autorickshaw; and Heavy Traffic, a multi-layered improvisational work featuring virtually all the guests on the album.
So The Journey Goes’ is the highly anticipated follow up to autorickshaw’s JUNO-nominated 2004 release, Four Higher. Since then, the band has been frequently on the road, performing dozens of dates across Canada from the Sound Symposium in St John’s to the Jazz Festival in Vancouver, including performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Stratford Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Glenn Gould Studio and Sunfest. The band broke into the US market in 2006 with performances at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Joe’s Pub in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
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Author: World Music Central News Department

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