India Alba - Reels And Ragas

India Alba - Reels And Ragas

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(April 2012) 8 tracks: Hawthornvale * Thunderstruck / You're A Kent * Night Boat From Oran * Donald Willie And His Dog / The Elephant And Camel * Kafi * Dye Water * Nitin's Reel * Father John MacMillan Of Barra / Wee Gordon's.

Two Indian classical musicians and two Scottish traditional musicians play music demonstrating the common ground between their traditions.

Many raga gats (themes), particularly those from the borders of the Himalayas, have close relatives in the melodies of the Scottish highlands and islands and for both of them the drone sounds of the bagpipes or the tampura play an important part in the music.

Sharat Chandra Srivastava (violin), Ross Ainslie (border pipes, whistles, cittern), Nigel Richard (cittern), Gyan Singh (tablas, frame drum, shakers), Dhiraj Pandey (bansuri - on kafi).

"This band have a sound of their own which is not an imitation of any other band or genre. Their strong melodies are supported by having an excellent balance between sur and tal (melody and rhythm). I have seen Sharat's playing growing over the years and his involvement in many different fields of music, so I am happy to hear this new development where he has collaborated with these three other fine musicians." (Ustad Amjad Ali Khan)

"I had a great musical evening with Sharat and Nigel sharing their improvisations on whistle and smallpipes, and was taken aback by how often particular modes and notational progressions reminded me of Gaelic songs or tunes from our own tradition in Scotland... I hope there will be many more expressions of kindred spirits at this musical level." (Allan MacDonald, Glenuig)


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