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New Release Mar 2015 // Painted Caves

Painted Caves: Painted Caves (album promo)

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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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In search of the pure sound: The Amarrass Field Recordings

Between July 2010 and April 2011 we traveled extensively in Rajasthan to research, listen to and record musicians playing traditional music in their own environment. These recordings capture their music in its purest form, done as they are in settings where musicians are most comfortable and free. If the musicians could not come to us, we reasoned, we would go to them.

This project is inspired by what Alan Lomax did with traditional music from the US South in the late 1950s (Southern Journeys). Not only did many of the musicians recorded by Lomax go on to benefit from the exposure, the archival value of the recordings is immeasurable. Amarrass will release the first set of its Rajasthan recordings very shortly—and we firmly believe we have found new talent. Here's a video featuring Haakam Khan and Roshan Khan, exceptional artists we are proud to present.

Haakam Khan and Roshan Khan: Dim lights  

Watch this space for information on upcoming releases, shows and clips from our latest field trip. Update: The first two volumes of field recordings - Mitha Bol and Banko Ghodo are now available on CD and mp3 (buy online now)

Dara Khan

Dara Khan with the Manganiyar Seduction at Purana Qila, New Delhi Nov 2011

Dara Khan (b. 1976) Born in village Hamira (district Jaisalmer, Rajasthan), and son of Padma Shri awardee Sakar Khan, Darra learnt to play the kamancha at a very early age. Growing up in a family steeped in musical tradition, he was fortunate to be surrounded by uncles and cousins to play, practice and learn with. At age 12, he performed at the Sangeet Natak Akademi in Delhi. His first international performance was in 1999 at the Theatre du la Ville in Paris. Today, he is regarded as one of the best kamancha players around, having taken over performance duties from his father (who has now semi-retired and instead teaches youngesters at his home in Hamira). Dara Khan is part of the world-touring Manganiyar Seduction, has performed with Grammy-winning artists such as Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and has played at London's Royal Albert Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and at festivals in Europe and Australia.

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