VINYL REVIVAL in INDIA
Amarrass establishes the first record cutting facility in India in the 21st Century! We are thrilled to set up a new production facility in Gurgaon, India, where we have been busy over the Record Store Day 2017 weekend, cutting our first set of records! Analog remastered albums by Barmer Boys, Lakha Khan and the Palestinian-American band Painted Caves will be released at a 'Vinyl Revival' launch party on the 28th of April at Lodi-The Garden Restaurant in Delhi, followed by a series of field recordings, an album by the late Padma Shri Sakar Khan, Amarrass terrace sessions, and live concert recordings of Vieux Farka Tourè and Bombino from the Amarrass Desert Music Festival in 2011/2012.
While the initial focus and production will be on the Amarrass catalogue, and artists on the label, we hope to work with other artists in India (and elsewhere) to cut dubplates, limited edition copies of LPs/EPs and singles.
Each Amarrass record is individually hand-cut on precision-crafted machinery imported from Germany and assembled here in India. All the album artwork and jacket design is also done in-house at Amarrass. Vinyl finally enables us to present our archive of field recordings, live concerts and studio sessions in high fidelity - bringing the listener closer to the natural sound captured in the recordings sessions. Barmer Boys (Kesariya Balm), Lakha Khan's 'At Home' sessions, and Painted Caves self-titled debut album are now available in LP format for pre-order at our online store, and will be available through select retailers and online channels such as Amazon, Discogs and others.
(Picture taken by DJ MoCity at the Wild City Record Store Day event in Delhi, 22 April 2017)
"This record was pressed in Gurgaon, India at around 3 PM today. It was brought to Wild City #recordstoreday event by Ankur Malhotra from the label Amarrass Records the people behind the newly launched pressing plant. This was definitely the highlight of the day. We had a listen and it sounded great. On April 28th they are hosting a launch party for 3 of their albums in Delhi." - DJ MoCity
Lakha Khan American Spring Tour March 10-20, 2017
LAKHA KHAN American Spring Tour - March 10 - 20, 2017 The sindhi sarangi maestro makes his third tour of the US, with shows in New York City, Pittsburgh, Lawrence, Madison, Chicago and Bloomington. A living legend, and one of the last great players of the 26-string bowed instrument, Lakha Khan will present songs and instrumental variations from his vast repertoire of Rajasthani traditional folk tunes, Hindu bhajans, and Sufi kalaams. His albums 'At Home' (2012, Amarrass Records) and 'Live in Nashville' (2014, Amarrass Records) have received stellar reviews - 4 Stars in Songlines, fROOTS says "top 5 Rajasthani albums ever", with plans for a forthcoming release featuring Madou Sidiki Diabatè (from Mali, on the kora).
"In the master's hand, the Sufi-influenced melody he coaxes from it (the sarangi) is transformative" - National Public Radio (NPR) Weekend Edition.
MAR 10 - CUNY, Elebash Hall, New York City Concert details and tickets information at CUNY Events website SOLD OUT!!!
MAR 14 - Pittsburgh, PA Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Concert details on Facebook
MAR 16, 17 - Lawrence, KS Concert on 16th at Aldreson Auditorium, KU Union Building, 2pm Tickets at Eudora Yoga Center
MAR 18 - Madison, WI Concert at Dobhan Restaurant, 8pm
MAR 19 - Constellation, Chicago IL - with Saraswathi Ranganathan (Veena), DJ WARP and DJ Spincycle Tickets available here
MAR 20 - Bloomington IN - with Painted Caves School of Global And International Studies, GISB Atrium, 6pm
Painted Caves Escape to Europe Tour Dates Announced!
Painted Caves 'Escape to Europe' March-April 2017 The band makes its European debut bringing their "genre bending" Middle Eastern folk influenced psychedelic rock to select cities in Belgium and Denmark. Painted Caves have been featured on
Chicago Public Radio WBEZ 91.5FM 'Weekend Passport', Milwaukee Record's 'Public Domain' series, and with their debut album receiving frequent airplay on radio stations across the US and in Europe.
Concert details and tickets at the Facebook Event page
28 MAR ANTWERP | 29 MAR BRUSSELS | 30 MAR AALBORG: Hudna feat. Disa + Painted Caves | 31 MAR AARHUS: Painted Caves (US) + Supp: Blue Shadow Caravan // HeadQuarters | 01 APR ODENSE: Painted Caves + Jorge Degas Quartet - Dexter, Odense
"Painted Caves were a highlight of the Orton Park Festival in 2016. Their unique, mystical sound seamlessly incorporates so many musical subgenres was perfect for our festival! The audience just loved them!" - Dan Hobson, Artist Programming/Orton Park Festival, Madison Wisconsin
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