An Indian Summer with Barmer Boys, Tritha Electric, The Lakha~Madou Project and more..
Greetings! It's been a busy summer here at Amarrass, criss-crossing continents with our artists, making music, making people dance, and cry (in a good way!). From shows with Barmer Boys in Canada, Spain, The Netherlands, Denmark and Germany, and Ziro Festival in India, to a WOMEX 15 showcase with Tritha Electric in Budapest, Hungary, and a week of concerts and recordings with The Lakha~Madou Project in New Delhi, including a performance by Madou Sidiki Diabatè at the President's Palace! Do not miss the next edition of Amarrass Nights on NOV 4 2015: details here and a preview below:
The Lakha~Madou Project: Tripping Strings (from the Amarrass Records Terrace Sessions, Gurgaon India on November 2, 2015)
Tritha Electric: Nizamuddin (from the WOMEX 15 showcase at Palace of the Arts, Budapest, Hungary on October 24, 2015)
Barmer Boys at Feito-a-Man (Man Made Festival): Mast Qalandar (from Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain on August 5, 2015)
Barmer Boys + DJSpincycle: Allah Hu (from Winnipeg Folk Festival 2015, July 11, 2015).
Scenes from a Painted Caves summer in Wisconsin
Painted Caves: You Don't Own Me (from Alverno Presents 'Jones Uncovered - A re-interpretation of the music of Quincy Jones', Alverno College, April 11, 2015)
Painted Caves: Najma (from Westown Presents 'River Rhythms', June 10, 2015). Voted by 88Nine RadioMilwaukee as one of their 'Favorite Summer Concerts of 2015'. "Huge Vibes.. The energy had a quick crescendo into a dance party." - Jordan 88.9RadioMilwaukee
Painted Caves: The Jaws of Life (from Summerfest 2015, July 2, 2015).
2014 - Highlights from Amarrass
A big thank you to you, dear listener, and our dear musicians for making 2014 yet another fabulous year of music. Warm wishes and peace from Amarrass Records and Amarrass Society for Performing Arts and we look forward to bringing you more great music in 2015! A quick recap of the year in music at Amarrass:
It's been '#ZordaarIn2014' for Barmer Boys - a debut US tour, showcases at Roskilde Festival/Denmark and Borneo World Music Expo, NH7 Weekender/Delhi, Mood Indigo/IIT Mumbai and more.. down to the last minute in fact.! The group performed two shows on New Years Eve at Kathputli in Delhi. Their NH7 performance in Delhi was described as a "show stealer" and their debut album has the critics saying "Incandescent Sufi voices that incite ecstacy" (4 stars) - Songlines Magazine.
BARMER BOYS (Rajasthan, India) at Roskilde Festival 2014
Sindhi sarangi maestro Lakha Khan has had a busy year with his second US tour in as many years, performances in India, and the release of his second album on the label - 'Live in Nashville'. Meanwhile, his album 'At Home' has been receiving rave reviews in fROOTS and Songlines Magaine. And the late Padma Shri Sakar Khan's 'At Home' was awarded 'Top of the World' album by Songlines, with tracks featured in British Airways inflight entertainment and on a German ethno-label compilation! The field recording compilations 'Mitha Bol' and 'Banko Ghodo' also received 5-star reviews in Songlines. Get your copies at iTunes, Amazon, at the Amarrass Shop, or your friendly neighborhood music store. Milwaukee-based Painted Caves are the latest addition to the Amarrass family, and to say the least we are thrilled. The group performed at this year's Amarrass Music Festival, and their debut album 'Painted Caves' has been on the college radio charts in Milwaukee for over two years! The album hits stores worldwide in Spring 2015 (or available now at the Amarrass Shop!). Also released in November 2014: 'Unexpected' by The blue Infinity, an instrumental field recording presenting meditative, contemplative, sonic explorations.
LAKHA KHAN Live in Nashville
THE bLUE INFINITY Unexpected
2014 also marked the debut of our Music Licensing service, featuring a catalogue of critically acclaimed, high-quality, curated, independently produced music for use in film, television, media, web and corporate events. We celebrated the 3rd edition of the Amarrass Music Festival in New Delhi in November and this year's line-up brought together artists from Mali in West Africa, the United States/Palestine, India, and Brazil to showcase new, cross-cultural collaborations on each night of festival. Our monthly series of events - Amarrass Nights at Lodi - featured music and artists from across genres and around the world including Korean jazz saxophonist Hyunpil Shin, Bangalore live electronica group The Burning Deck, Jeet Thayil's Still Dirty project, and more.
2015 promises to be an equally exciting year with collaborations, new releases on vinyl (yes vinyl!!!!) and digital exclusives, field recordings, and many new borders to cross. We look forward to bringing you great music in the coming year! Here are some snippets of how we ended the year..
SOME EXCERPTS FROM THE FESTIVAL...
LAKHA KHAN (Rajasthan, India) with MADOU SIDIKI DIABATE (Bamako, Mali)
PAINTED CAVES (Milwaukee, US) with MADOU SIDIKI DIABATE Kora, vocals (Bamako, Mali)
RAVANA (Delhi, India) revisits Mirza Ghalib
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