Amarrass Music Festival Lineup Announced!
AMARRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL 21-22 NOVEMBER 2014, NEW DELHI, INDIA
The third Amarrass Music Festival takes place 21-22 November, 2014 in New Delhi, India at Lodi-The Garden Restaurant. India's most eclectic worldamusic festival presents national treasures, unknown voices and explores the boundaries of collaboration. This year's line-up brings together artists from Mali/West Africa, the United States, Palestine, India, and Brazil to showcase new, cross-cultural collaborations on each night of festival. Programming will also include audio-visual presentations and workshops by the artists, a crafts bazaar, and instrument makers. An open-air stage, a sampling of world-class food and beverages, amenities such as valet parking and close proximity to the Metro line, and music, sweet music in the garden!
FRIDAY, 21 NOV, 2014 7pm onwards "100 STRINGS/SAU-RANG"
LAKHA KHAN Sindhi Sarangi, vocals (accompanied by son Dane Khan on dholak) (Rajasthan, India)
MADOU SIDIKI DIABATE Kora, vocals (Bamako, Mali)
MIKE KASHOU Oud (US/Palestine)
ALL STAR STRING JAM
SATURDAY, 22 NOV, 2014 5pm onwards "GROOVE ME"
PAINTED CAVES (Milwaukee/Memphis/New York City, US)
STILL DIRTY (India)
DJ TUDO (Brazil) w/ RAIS KHAN and MANGA (India)
BAGPIPES of PUNJAB (India)
IKARO VALDERRAMA (Colombia)
ALL STAR GROOVE JAM
SATURDAY, 22 NOV, 2014 2pm-5pm "WORKING IT"
MOHAN LAL LOHAR Morchang making in action (Jaisalmer, India)
RAIS KHAN of Barmer Boys - morchang and khartaal workshops (Harbha, Rajasthan, India)
DJ TUDO Presentation: Ethnomusicology/Field Recordings from Brazil
21-22 NOV at 5:00pm LODI-THE GARDEN RESTAURANT LODHI ROAD, NEW DELHI
STUDENT SPECIAL = Rs. 500/day "it's all gone, Pete Tong"
Painted Caves (US) Painted Caves was formed in Milwaukee in November 2009 by Jordanian/American guitarist and vocalist Ali Lubbad and Palestinian/American Oud virtuoso Mike Kashou. Painted Caves includes revolving musicians including Qanun virtuoso Ali Paris, vocalist/flautist Holly Wake, bassist Matthew Wilson and percussionist Andy Lopas. “Like the official house band for the North African Surfer’s guild, Painted Caves navigates the desert sands of of the Near-East, into the African plains, and out beyond the great Western Ocean." “Milwaukee band Painted Caves play Middle Eastern-influenced psychedelic grooves that more or less follow the Silk Road in reverse, back toward India. Their signature sound sets droll deadpan vocals over a hypnotic, clattering rhythm, a web of acoustic Middle Eastern instruments mingling with layers of guitar.” - New York Music Daily
Video: Painted Caves perform 'Paper Tigers'
Madou Sidiki Diabate (Mali) Madou started playing the kora at age three. By the time he was six years old, he was playing his first concert as a representative of the 71st generation of korists in his family. He learned his art under his father, Sidiki Diabaté, a man generally referred to as the “King of the Kora”. His elder brother, Toumani Diabaté is also a famed korist and Grammy Award winner. If Madou Sidiki Diabaté’s lineage is formidable, then so is his talent. In this 30-year-old’s hands, the kora is full of deception: it looks like a simple, even rustic instrument capable of basic sounds. But close your eyes and you hear many musicians in harmony.
Video: Madou Sidiki Diabate performs 'Kaira'
Lakha Khan (India) Lakha Khan, 67 is a sarangi player and vocalist, and perhaps the greatest exponent of the sindhi sarangi. He was born in the village of Raneri in Jodhpur district, Rajasthan, India into a family of traditional musicians from the Manganiyar community. He was trained at an early age by his father Tharu Khan and later, by his uncle Mohammad Khan, in rendering the compositions of the Multan school of Manganiyars. He presents music from his latest release "Lakha Khan: Live in Nashville" including Sufi kalaams by Bulleh Shah, Ghulam Farid, Shah Latif, Kabir bhajans and a special collaboration with kora maestro Madou Sidiki Diabaté.
Video: Lakha Khan live in Nashville
Mike Kashou (US/Palestine) Mike Kashou is an oud player, bassist, and multi-instrumentalist and one of the most prominent musicians from Palestine to have performed on stages worldwide. He has toured with the Violent Femmes, and was a member of the Grammy-nominated band Garbage. Mike Kashou has taught for the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Ozaukee Conservatory of Music. His most recent project with the Milwaukee band Painted Caves explores traditional Middle Eastern rhythms using a variety of instruments from the oud to the darbuka, daf and trumpet.
DJ Tudo (Brazil) Alfredo Bello, aka DJ Tudo, is one of the leading researchers of Brazilian musical tradition. In concert, he uses live samplers, voices collected throughout Brazil, with the powerful sound of a live band. Uniting technology and authenticity, Tudo sometimes leaves his 10,000 LPs at home and goes off in search of his homeland's many, many indigenous musics. Having made thousands of hours of recordings, uncovering secret histories and sounds that may otherwise have become extinct, Tudo stitches the results together in a fabulous live show, joining a stageful of musicians to pump new life into venerable traditions. Or how to make a sophisticated, deep Brazil party.
Still Dirty (India) Still Dirty is Jeet Thayil's ongoing music project which originated in Berlin in 2013. The New Delhi edition took shape with the inclusion of Anup Kutty (menwhopause) and various musicians from the city's independent music scene. Collaborative, texture heavy and psychotropic, Still Dirty is poetry with sound.
Ikaro Valderrama (Colombia) is a nomad musician, a poet and dancer from the Colombian Andes. Ikaro plays variety of musical instruments: Colombian cuatro, Siberian igil, corean danso, and others. He presents a unique musical style - a mix of music from South America (from the Amazon Rain Forest to the Andean Mountains) with traditional Siberian music (throat singing and ancient traditional musical instruments).
Goriya Fauji Band (India) or the bagpipes of Sangrur, Punjab is a 'contingent' of eight musicians from rural Punjab, and feature a quad of bagpipe players and four drummers.
VISUALS: Vinnie Bhagat | Vinyl grooves by Amarrass DJ Spincycle
STAY TUNED for more LINEUP Announcements and set timings.. See you at the Festival!
Painted Caves Painted Caves is an Arab/American band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin led by Ali Lubbad. Painted Caves was formed in Milwaukee in November 2009 by Palestinian / American guitarist / vocalist Ali Lubbad and Palestinian / American Oud virtuoso Mike Kashou. Painted Caves includes revolving musicians including Qanun virtuoso Ali Amr, Vocalists Holly Wake and Sandy Wiesto, percussionist Julio Pabon and song-smith extraordinaire Paul Cebar. Painted Caves music is said to integrate Near eastern and American music into a unified, cohesive, holistic form.
“Like the official house band for the North African Surfer’s guild, Painted Caves navigates the desert sands of of the Near-East, into the African plains, and out beyond the great Western Ocean."
Amarrass Records is proud to sign Painted Caves to the label and release their self-titled album 'Painted Caves'.
Painted Caves: Painted Caves (AMAR011) CD | mp3
"Like the official house band for the North African Surfer's Guild, Painted Caves navigates the desert sands out of the Near-East, into the African plains, and out beyond the great Western Ocean...Primitive Music For Modern Machines."
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Video: Soundcheck with Painted Caves (from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sessions)
Video: Jam at Milwaukee's Sugar Maple (from October 2013)
Barmer Boys: Zordaar in 2014!
2014 has been a 'Zordaar' year indeed for Barmer Boys. The Boys' kicked off the year with a series of shows in Delhi that had them showcasing their cross-genre collaborative chops with Brooklyn New York's Ari Roland Jazz Quartet and Amarrass' own DJ Spincycle. April marked the Barmer Boys international debut with a coast-to-coast US tour with stops in Washington D.C., Bloomington IN, New York City NY, Chicago IL, Madison WI, San Jose CA and radio appearances on WFMU 91.1/90.1FM and WORT 89.9FM. In June, the group showcased at the Borneo World Music Expo in Sarawak, Malaysia. July featured the 'Boys on the same bill as The Rolling Stones and Outkast at Roskilde Festival in Denmark!
Their debut album 'At Home: Barmer Boys' received a four star review in the September issue of Songlines Magazine.. "incandescent Sufi voices that incite ecstasy"
The year ahead has lots more in store with performances in Delhi at Bacardi NH7 Weekender and Bangalore, work on new songs and collaborations with artists from the US and Europe. Stay tuned! Get Barmer Boys debut album "At Home: Barmer Boys" at the Amarrass SHOP, at your local independent store, or online on Flipkart , iTunes US, iTunes UK, Amazon.com
Meanwhile here are a few videos from the road.. enjoy!
Video: Barmer Boys at Roskilde Festival 2014
Video: Barmer Boys on Radio Funkaus Europa
Video: Barmer Boys perform Manikar in Washington D.C.
Video: Barmer Boys perform Padosan in New York City
Video: Barmer Boys and Eastern Brew perform Bole To Mitho Lage
Mohan Lal Lohar, blacksmith and woodworker
Mohan Lal Lohar is folk music’s equivalent of a polyglot---but with an added dimension. Not only can he play every wind, string, bow and percussion instrument native to his Rajasthan, he also makes them. His surname, ‘lohar’ (one who works with iron) denotes his caste and occupation: he is a blacksmith, from a family that has traditionally plied the trade.
But Mohan Lal is different. He combines a talent for music with his craftsmanship. At his workshop in Jaisalmer, the rhythmic beating of a piece of metal gives way within hours to the refined percussion of a freshly made morchang — just cool enough to play. The workshop itself belies what is produced in it. In one of the town’s many open-sewered lanes, it is just a portion of a small courtyard, under a shed that leaks; as much a play area for his goats as it is a place of work.
Lakha Khan, Sarangi maker
Lakha Khan is an acclaimed Sarangi craftsman and musician from the village of Raneri in Jodhpur district of Rajasthan. It takes him ten days labouring away on a single block of wood to just carve out this complex musical instrument - a testament to the decades of craftsmanship, persistence and passion for music.Purchase a hand-crafted Sindhi Sarangi
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Speciality: Sarangi. Lakha Khan has four sarangis, each from a previous generation in his family. This instrument is in his blood. Contact us to find out how you can get a Sarangi handcrafted by the master.
Shankara Ram Suthar, Kamancha maker
There is a reason why the kamanchas on view at Manganiyar performances have a charming antiquity about them. They often come stained, patched up, with bits of inlay work missing—all signs that they are in regular use. But they are, almost without exception, also very old.
This is where Shankara Ram Suthar’s story as master kamancha-maker begins. In the early eighties, academics—and musicians—found that no one was making kamanchas any more. They imported a batch of about 16 from Pakistan, where artisans evidently had a bit if stock, and these made their way to collectors and musicians. But with no local craftsmen, there was a problem.
Like the one Sakar Khan had. Sakarji, the greatest living exponent of the instrument (Amarrass will release an album of sessions with him soon), discovered that the mango wood belly of his kamancha had developed a crack. But with no artisans making the instrument, there was no one competent to carry out repairs either. Shankara Ram Suthar, the carpenter by trade and caste, lived near Sakarji in the little village of Hamira, Jaisalmer. The instrument was taken to Suthar, who, knowing it belonged to a master, carried out the repairs meticulously. Sakarji’s kamancha was good to play again.
The fact that the carpenter’s work had passed muster with the redoubtable Sakar Khan drew other musicians to Suthar. He carried out repairs for them, but there seemed to be few fresh orders. This, despite the efforts of government officials sensitive to the fact that the art of making kamanchas was dying: Suthar produced some excellent prototypes for them, but that was about it. If you were just making kamanchas, you were not making a living.
Suthar fell back on carpentry. He would travel to Pune to make furniture for a contractor, as half-made instruments languished in his little workshop in Hamira. He still does what he has to to earn a living, but we are happy to report that he has received fresh orders through the Amarrass Society for Performing Arts. A discerning British collector of stringed instruments (and pensioner), received his kamancha last month and said he was delighted. A second piece will shortly be on its way to the United States. And a third one makes its way to Germany this summer. We are, we hope, seeing the beginnings of a renewal of interest in this unique instrument. (below: our first kamancha sold!)
The kamanchas that are produced in Hamira are special not just because of the high level of craftsmanship that goes into making them. They are also the product of a secular collaboration. The Suthar crafts the wooden portions of the instrument - the sound box, the bow, the neck and so on, but his Hindu religious beliefs forbid him from working with animal hide or gut. Once the skeleton is finished, the Muslim Manganiyars take over, attaching the hide, adding the gut strings and, of course, tuning the instrument to ensure it is perfect. When Sakar Khan is within earshot, nothing less will do.
Shankara Ram Suthar's speciality: Kamancha. This is the instrument that is at the heart of the Manganiyars's music. And the Suthar is the finest maker of it. All he needs is a block of wood of his choosing. To order this unique instrument, write to us or order online:
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