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
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
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!
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