Amjad Ali Khan – Mohsha (Real World Records, 2005/2019 reissue)
Amjad Ali Khan’s highly acclaimed Mohsha album was originally released on April 25, 2005. It is available once more as a reissue in 2019. Amjad Ali Khan is one of the leading performers of the Indian sarod, a mesmerizing six-string lute with four melodic strings and two drones.
All tracks on Mohsha are originals composed by Amjad Ali Khan, based on various ragas. It is beautiful, highly skilled music rooted in Indian classical music. Complex and accessible at the same time.
Most of the tracks feature Amjad Ali Khan on sarod and vocals on the title track. His sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, who are both sarod players as well, appear on one track each. Rashid Mustafa provided the tabla percussion.
Mohsha presents a set of a masterful sarod performances by three members of the distinguished Bangash lineage.
Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Bangash, Ayaan Ali Bangash and Elmira Darvarova – Peace Worshipers (Affetto Records AF1706, 2017)
Two of the world’s great musical traditions, Indian classical and western classical music come together in Peace Worshipers. The album features a family trio of sarod players led by one of the great masters of our time, Amjad Ali Khan and his equally talented sons, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash. The three artists representing the Indian classical music tradition collaborate with superb American violinist Elmira Darvarova.
Interestingly, the three sarod players appear on separate tracks. That is, each track features only one sarod player so there are no sarod trio performances.
Most of the material is composed by Amjad Ali Khan, based on Indian ragas. Elmira Darvarova contributes one solo violin piece based on a Bulgarian folk song.
The quartet is joined by tabla maestro Anubrata Chatterjee.
The CD booklet contains reflections on the recording along with biographies of the musicians, photos and credits.
Peace Worshipers features masterfully-crafted virtuoso performances that showcase the beauty of Indian and western classical traditions as well as folk traditions.
Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, Elmira Darvarova – Amalgam (Affetto Records, 2016)
Amalgam is a beautiful collaboration between the world of Indian classical and folk, western classical music and Bulgarian folk music. It’s the continuation of the much-admired “Soul Strings album in which siblings Amaan Ali Bangash (Amaan Ali Khan) and Ayaan Ali Bangash (Ayaan Ali Khan) collaborated with violinist Elmira Darvarova.
This time, on amalgam, Aman and Ayaan have also brought in their father, renowned sarod maestro and composer Amjad Ali Khan. Most of the album features raga compositions by Amjad Ali Khan. Elmira Darvarova adds one of her own compositions inspired by Bulgarian folk songs to the mix.
The two great classical music traditions meet and interact wonderfully. Throughout the album there are moments of calm along with segments of dazzling virtuosity. The quartet is joined on some pieces by tabla master Anubrata Chatterjee.
The lineup on the album includes: Amjad Ali Khan on sarod, Amaan Ali Bangash on sarod, Ayaan Ali Bangash on sarod, Elmira Darvarova on violin and Anubrata Chatterjee on tabla.
Amalgam presents masterful performances by open minded, superb instrumentalists, exquisitely bridging South Asian and western traditions.