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Alif Laila | Ekavali the Connecting Thread (feat. Tanmoy Bose)

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Ekavali the Connecting Thread (feat. Tanmoy Bose)

by Alif Laila

Improvisational - based on Indian classical raga music.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dance with the Wind (feat. Tanmoy Bose)
11:43 $0.99
2. Memories (feat. Tanmoy Bose)
18:46 $0.99
3. Moonlight (feat. Tanmoy Bose)
9:40 $0.99
4. Moonlit Night (feat. Tanmoy Bose)
6:46 $0.99
5. Celebrations (feat. Tanmoy Bose)
12:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
The word 'EKAVALI' in Sanskrit, means the connecting thread. This music in this album is a necklace of melodies and rhythms, symbolizing the bond of peoples and cultures with the thread of humanity.
The compositions has been inspired by melodies and musical styles that have travelled far from their birthplace and embraced in another land and culture. The sitar sings these world melodies accompanied by an array of world percussion.

CD Liner notes:
Exchanging and sharing thoughts and ideas is a natural instinct in humans, it has been an important part of growth in individual cultures and as a whole. The roots of origins of all cultures keep flowing and sprawling all over the world through time.
The making of this CD has been a unique experience in relating the story of universal bonding through the voice of the sitar, joined by world percussion. The drums have been chosen to enhance the tones and feeling of the original melody of each track. I have embraced all facets of musicality, such as, classical, folk, modern and electronic, each contributing in expressing the beauty of the soulful expression in all music.
The journey in creating this CD has not only enriched and broadened my musical horizon, it has also helped me rediscover my own discipline.

Track description:
1) Dance With The Wind : Raag Mala (medley of raags : Darbari, Ahir bhairav, Kirwani & Bhairavi)
A traditional Turkish folk song ‘Uzkudara gideriken….’ found its way to Bengal, India, and into to a song composition ‘Sukno Patar Nupuro Paye’ (dancing anklets of the dry leaves) by Kazi Nazrul Islam.
Accompaniment :Tabla, Derbuka, Ebo, Iranian Duff, Drum set, Tibetan Bowl, Nagara, Kanjira, Nepali Madol. African Shell, Nupur, Flute, Vocal tabla syllables, Ambient track
Mood: Romantic

2) Memories: Raag Bhoplali
An old Scottish folk song, ‘Auld Land Syne’, inspired Rabindranath Tagore to transpose the melody into a Bengali song, ‘Purano Shei Diner Katha’, (memories from the past)
Accompaniment: Nepali Madol, Tibetan Bowl, Vietnamese Shaker, Latin American Agogo, Bamboo Flute, Ambient tracks.
Mood : Peaceful

3) Moon Light : Raag Bageshree
A traditional North Indian classical piece, presented in a non-traditional form.
Accompaniment : Pakhawaj, Bamboo Flute, Buffalo Drums, Gong.
Mood: Pathos

4) Moonlit Night
Beatles song ‘Norwegian Wood’ fused with Raag Bageshree
Accompaniment: Rain Stick, Djembe, Udu, Tibetan Bowl, Tibetan Chime, Derbuka, Wave Drum, Bamboo Shaker,Vocal tabla syllables.
Mood: Contemplative

5) Celebrations: Raag Bhairavi
This finale piece expresses joy in celebration of the oneness of humanity. The fast rhythm and intense emotion depicts the immense energy of the positivity of coming together soulfully.
Accompaniment: Tabla, Drum machine, Ambient tracks
Mood: Joy

Music credits:
World percussion ensemble, directed brilliantly by Tanmoy Bose
Accompanying artists & instruments:
Tanmoy Bose – Percussion, Tabla , Vocal tabla syllables.
Gaurav Chatterjee – Drum/ Ratul Shankar – Percussion/ Subir Das- Bamboo Flute / Jay Nandi – Pakhawaj / Gaurav Shome - Ambient tracks.

About the artists:

Alif Laila
Alif Laila is a creative sitar artist who takes the expressions of Indian classical music to new dimensions. Her initial training started in Dhaka , Bangladesh, under Ustad Mir Qasem Khan, nephew of Ustad Alauddin Khan. She further continued with Partha Chatterjee, Krishna Bhatt and Kushal Das. She has toured, recorded and performed with world renowned Indian classical tabla artists – collaborated and presented her music with various disciplines internationally. Also an accomplished painter, Laila holds a Bachelors of Arts from Dhaka University. Her works of visual art are inextricably linked to her music career. She has founded the ‘Sitar Niketan’, her music school, in the US in February 2015.
For more information: www.aliflailasitar.com
Tanmoy Bose is one of the foremost musicians in contemporary world music. He was trained in Indian classical tabla by Pandit Kanai Dutta and Pandit Shankar Ghosh. The highlight of his musical career are linked with his many years of accompaniment with Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and international tours with Pandit Ravi Shankar. Tanmoy has made a distinct mark with his multifaceted work in Indian classical, world, composition and direction. He has recorded and produced Indian classical and world music extensively with internationally famed artists.
For more information: www.tanmoybose.com

EKAVALI, the connecting thread, is a necklace of melodies and rhythms, symbolizing the bond of peoples and cultures with the thread of humanity.
The compositions has been inspired by melodies and musical styles that have travelled far from their birthplace and embraced in another land and culture. The sitar sings these world melodies accompanied by an array of world percussion.
The name 'Ekavali' is a Sanskrit word, meaning 'the connecting thread'.
The traditional raags in Indian classical music have evolved over hundreds of years to its present forms.Through time, it continued to be enriched and enhanced by absorbing multicultural influences.
In this CD I have fused raags with melodies, born in one part of the world and traveled to a distant land. In most cases the melodies remained intact with lyrics of the culture that embraced it. I have also created raag compositions with western influence and recomposed western melodies with Indian classical raags. 'Celebrations', the last track of this CD, epitomizes the intermingling of melodies from various disclipines and cultures with a new flavor and emotion.
I have used world percussion, from numerous cultures, to enhance the mood of each composition, portraying the tones and textires of the various cultural backgrounds of their origin.
The music is a statement of the unifying element of humanity, through constant intermingling of world cultures.



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