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Calcutta Express

by Guy Strazz

Calcutta Express plays a fusion of Bengali folk/Indian classical and Afro-Brazilian Jazz idioms. The group is composed of Guy Strazz on 8-string East-West guitar, Sandip Chatterjee on santoor, and Biplab Bhattacharya on tabla & pakhawaj.
Genre: World: Indian Classical
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Calcutta Express
5:20 $1.19
2. Veena Deeveena
6:02 $1.19
3. Hansadhwani
5:00 $1.19
4. Bengali Blue
4:36 $1.19
5. Heaven 7
5:12 $1.19
6. Mishra Bahiravi
5:23 $1.19
7. Teena De Healer
4:40 $1.19
8. Bhupali
8:55 $1.19
9. Yoga (Jog)
10:04 $1.19
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Album Notes
“String Strong” Guy Strazz and Sandip Chatterjee create a strong synthesis. The Indian and Western essences are retained with clarity where elements of Indian raga co-exist with Brazilian and Afro Cuban forms. Suruchi Mazumdar The Kolkata Age, 2006

Santoor maestro Sandip Chatterjee and I co-founded Calcutta Express in 2004. Prior to this I had collaborated with several Indian musicians, including my teacher, Pt. Ashok Roy (disciple of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan) and Jaipur guitarist Vishwa Mohan Bhatt; best known for his work with Ry Cooder on the album Meeting by the River. When I first heard Sandip’s music and jazz sensibilities on the santoor I became excited about collaborating with him.

In February 2004 I travelled to Kolkata. This was an exciting personal and professional experience for me because Indian music forms a significant influence on my work as a composer and improviser. More importantly though, I enjoyed the process of this collaboration, the synergy between the musicians and the making of special friendships and music. I like to thank the Australia Council for the Arts for supporting the initial stage of this project.

We are very pleased to be associated with Underscore Records, the brainchild of master vocalist Shubha Mudgal and tabla maestro Aneesh Pradhan. The CD was released in 2006, it was Runner up in the Indie Acoustic Project Awards (US) for “Best CDs of 2006” in the World Beat Asia category



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