Ethnotronica is the title of the debut EP by Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist and programmer Ireesh Lal. As the title indicates the concept here is the combination of various musical elements, including electronic dance music, world music and jazz.
Throughout the EP, Ireesh Lal generates irresistible electronic dance beats that are interweaved with Miles Davis-style jazz trumpet and Indian and Middle Eastern musical instruments (tabla, oud, bansuri).
“Ethnotronica is my interpretation of electronic dance music blended with East Indian instruments and vocals, plus a little bit of jazz thrown in,” says Ireesh. “I am so grateful that amazing musicians who play with my band, Lal Meri, recorded on this debut solo EP. A special thank you to my cousin, Pooja, who sings lead vocals in Hindi on three songs: “Anjani Raah”, “Humsafar”, and “Raahein.”
Ireesh Lal is presently based in Hermosa Beach, California. He cites Thievery Corporation, Miles Davis, and Ravi Shankar as three of his influences. Ireesh Lal is a member of Los Angeles-based trio, Lal Meri with whom he recorded the critically acclaimed Lal Meri on Six Degrees Records (2009).
Ethnotronica showcases a splendid mix of traditional acoustic music from the East with cutting edge electronica.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.