Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ragajazz recently released - Arohi Ensemble: Ahimsa - Love is the weapon of the brave (Innova Recordings)

From a media release:

Ragajazz recently released:
Arohi Ensemble: Ahimsa - Love is the weapon of the brave
(Innova Recordings - January 29, 2016)

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Weaving the classical ragas & intricate rhythmic architectures of India with the counterpoint of chamber music and gamelan in a synthesis of global musical traditions, ‘Ahimsa, Love is the Weapon of the Brave’ is a new release featuring the music of Arohi Ensemble. A collaboration of leading creative artists from India, Venezuela & Los Angeles, Arohi includes three disciples of the legendary ‘godfather of world music,’ Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Ahimsa highlights the music of composer/sitarist/activist Paul Livingstone in a cohesive and compelling blend of and sitar, sarod, bansuri (bamboo flute), cello, tabla, ghatum (clay pot) and drums with a sprinkling of vocal chants. Featured on multiple Grammy winning records, these artists bring the classical forms of eastern and western traditions into s contemporary format of ragajazz chamber music.

Arohi Ensemble
Arohi means ‘ascending melody’ and Ahimsa is the Sanskrit word for ‘nonviolence’. The release is dedicated to the courageous form of conflict resolution which faces a violent aggressor with nothing but soul force. The music journeys from meditative ragas to dynamic polyrhythms and improvisations expressed in the free spirit of jazz; move through this music with us in the spirit of ahimsa.

Composers: Paul Livingstone
Performers: Paul Livingstone, Pedro Eustache, Abhijit Banerjee, Peter Jacobson, Dave Lewis, Pandit Rajeev Taranath, Somnath Ro

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