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East Meets Middle East

by East Meets Middle East

A modern fusion of Indian and Middle Eastern classical music and traditional instruments.
Genre: World: Indian Classical
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East Meets Middle East (EMME) is a musical collective across continents celebrating the rich traditions of the Middle East and South Asia. From Kolkata, India, Subrata Bhattacharya (tabla) and Abhisek Lahiri (sarod) collaborate with Ronnie Malley (oud) and George Lawler (percussion) in Chicago, IL to create a cross-cultural palette of improvisations and original compositions. The debut album is a result of a live rehearsal from a first time encounter between these artists whose backgrounds hail from India, the Middle East, and the United States. The group transcends boundaries creating musical dialogue by fluidly moving through raga and maqam, tala and iqa, the music theories and rhythms found in South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.

EMME brings together related string instruments such as the Middle Eastern oud and the Indian sarod, and percussion instruments like the Indian tabla and Middle Eastern darbuka and riq. The group's message is to inform people, through music, about the similarities and distinctions between Middle Eastern and South Asian cultures, which are all too often mistaken for each other in media, politics, and Western society. The recording and collaboration highlight how arts can be an accessible means to foster understanding.

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