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A South Asian Suite

Artist: Arun Ghosh

Date of Release: 07/10/2013

Catalogue no: 2201

Label: camoci records

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

The Gypsies of Rajasthan

6.46

2

 

After The Monsoon

4.44

3

 

Pilgrimage To The Ganges

1.49

4

 

River Song

4.54

5

 

Arise Dancing Dervish!

2.26

6

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Sufi Stomp (Soul of Sindh)

4.53

7

 

Gautama's Footsteps

2.05

8

 

Mountain Song

6.40

9

 

Ode To The Martyrs

4.20

10

 

Journey South

6.27

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Zoe Rahman

A South Asian Suite is an original Indo-Jazz chamber work by Arun Ghosh inspired by the music, landscape and peoples (sic) of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka as seen from the viewpoint of a British-Asian from a Northern town. The Suite consists of six movements and contained within them is Ghosh's musical response to each of the 5 countries of the Subcontinent, highlighting regional variations in style, tempo and mood.

Originally commissioned and premiered by Manchester Mega Mela and the PRS for Music Foundation in 2010, presented in association with camoci, A South Asian Suite had its London premiere at the Southbank as part of the Alchemy Festival in Spring 2011 and was performed in full on 4 further occasions, at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Neasden Temple), Tagore Festival Dartington, Corsham Festival and, in May 2013, at London’s Vortex Jazz Club which garnered a 4 star live review from the London Evening Standard.

At last, "A South Asian Suite" has now been recorded with the cream of musicians from both jazz and South Asian music traditions including pianist Zoe Rahman and tabla maestro, Aref Durvesh.

 

Reviews

 

11/09/2013 Stephen Graham, Marlbank.net

Clarinettist Arun Ghosh was a breath of fresh air when he first emerged with Northern Namaste in 2008, his infectious Anglo-Bengali Indo-jazz style a synthesis of jazz, south Asian music, and so much more. The follow-up, Primal Odyssey (2011), lacked the impact of his debut despite the reeds firepower, but A South Asian Suite is a real return to form and Ghosh’s best album to date. A chamber work inspired by the music of Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka, Ghosh is joined by a band of longstanding players who include Soothsayers’ Idris Rahman, Led Bib’s Chris Williams and Liran Donin, and pianist Zoe Rahman. Yet it’s the prevailing clarinet of Ghosh, also on harmonium on a few tracks, that captivates throughout from the lively opening praise song ‘The Gypsies of Rajasthan’ capturing the charisma of Ghosh perfectly, with a melodicism and sense of attack that is quite different to anything you’ll hear on the contemporary jazz scene. There’s also a flickering and pulsating motion that draws you in even on the slower sections. Long in gestation 'A South Asian Suite' was commissioned in 2010 and has already been performed at festivals, the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir temple in London, and at a club appearance in London's Vortex. The suite encompasses rhythm cycles, Bengali folk music, qawwali in the best track on the album, ‘Sufi Stomp (Soul of Sindh)', Nepalese song, the trance-like music of Sri Lanka, and a more spiritual strand in the latter tracks. It's a compelling listen.

http://www.marlbank.net/reviews/1033-journey-south

 

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