One music is written down and followed to the last note. The other leaves ample room—and in fact insists upon—individual interpretation. One resounds with harmony, with the other emphasizes the perfection of monody. Yet these two musical traditions—Western classical and Indian classical—can resonate beautifully together, with the right musician uniting them. Deepti Navaratna does just … Read more
Pianist Richard Bennett Intuitively Balances Indian Classical and Jazz Sensibilities on “New York City Swara”
One day in India, New York-based composer and jazz pianist Richard Bennett discovered he was playing ragas. He was improvising with his friend, light Hindustani classical singer Dhanashree Pandit-Rai at her apartment by the Arabian Sea, when the singer’s mother walked in. She liked what she heard. “She kept naming the ragas I was playing,” … Read more
Kheswa & Her Martians release their debut album Meadowlands, Stolen Jazz on November 5, 2013 on Xippi Phonorecords, a label founded by African music icon Youssou N’Dour and his longtime cohort Thomas Rome. Kheswa’s vocal range and clarity, her grace and timing, and her pixie wit should rank her immediately among the music’s most interesting newcomers.
Strings, Beats & Bass: The Spiritual Journey of Bombay Dub Orchestra’s “Tales From The Grand Bazaar”
Bombay Dub Orchestra Release “Tales From The Grand Bazaar” Journeying has long held sway over man’s mind—the idea of travel can be as seductive as traveling itself, though never quite as instructive. The story behind Bombay Dub Orchestra’s new album, Tales From the Grand Bazaar (Six Degrees Records), was created over many years throughout five … Read more
Atropolis represents a sonic city of transcultural boom. A native of New York, his blood blends the village heat of Cyprus, the lore of Northern Europe, and the mysticism of the Maori. Stirring with a degree in composition, Atropolis mixes trained expression in classical piano and jazz guitar in a pot of ethnomusicology. His alchemical fusion transcends over dance floors, grounding ears in the rhythms of their global body.
It has been six years since Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective released Wátina, an album that received unanimous acclaim and elevated the international profile of the music and culture of Central America’s Afro-Amerindian Garifuna community. On the cusp of tremendous fame, Palacio passed away suddenly at the age of 47 not long after Wátina … Read more
Don’t get Guarco wrong: He’s crashing on the couch to plot a revolution. He’s seen the world end in a carnival flourish, and watched life continue despite it all. He may wink at The Pixies, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Caetano Veloso, but his heart beats with Afro-Uruguayan Candombe. The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter’s long-simmering debut Fiebre (“Fever,” … Read more
The mysterious afro-soul of The Shaolin Afronauts first echoed across the dance floors of Australia in late 2008. Heavily inspired by the sounds of 1970′s West Africa, Ethiopia and the pioneering avant-garde jazz artists of the same period, The Shaolin Afronauts draw on the this highly innovative and sometimes volatile era in music, using it … Read more
St. Lucian singer-songwriter Taj Weekes makes music that grooves like waves on a beach: seemingly gentle yet insistently powerful. On stage and on albums like the recent A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen (Jatta Records), Weekes and his band Adowa unite a vibrant diversity of sounds with thoughtful, lush arrangements and a long-honed penchant for telling tales … Read more
From his Barcelona headquarters, intrepid musical adventurist James Barrie operates Audio Texture, a radio program and music consultantancy with its finger on the pulse of emerging artists and trends in global dance and electronic music. James serves much as a musical ambassador, presenting new artists and tracks from points across the globe. A recent Audio … Read more