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by Nitish Kulkarni

World music for listeners of contemporary music.
Genre: World: World Beat
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1. Call to Action
1:56 album only
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2. Mapmaker
3:51 album only
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3. Listen: Mbira
1:21 album only
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4. When I Go
5:08 album only
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5. All Around You
3:39 album only
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6. Listen: Oud
0:50 album only
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7. Speak to Me
3:33 album only
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8. Wordless
4:19 album only
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9. Sense of Touch
2:02 album only
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10. Listen: Erhu
0:42 album only
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11. In Another Life
3:16 album only
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12. Listen: Theorbo
0:51 album only
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13. Remember When
5:03 album only
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14. The Day Before Tomorrow
3:56 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Nitish Kulkarni’s new world instrumental album, Listen, is a celebration of life in today’s increasingly globalized world.

Recorded entirely at Berklee College of Music’s international campus in Spain while Nitish was working on his graduate studies, Listen features a myriad of instruments from all around the planet, from the Turkish oud to the Australian didgeridoo, and spanning a wide range of time periods, from the Baroque contrabass lute called the theorbo to modern inventions such as the glissentar. It is the product of a careful blending of modern production with the sounds of ancient, rare, and perhaps, to some, exotic musical instruments.

“The goal of this project was to bring an element of ethnomusicology to contemporary music, and vice versa,” says Kulkarni. This isn’t your traditional “world music” album, nor does it rehash the same stale tropes typical of today’s mainstream music. Instead, it’s a modern pop/rock album meant for people who don’t normally listen to world music. “I really want the listener to have a sense of familiarity and oneness with the different cultures across the planet by the time he or she gets to the end of the record,” the young composer states.

Following the sleeper hit Synesthetic in 2015, Kulkarni envisioned a more ambitious soundscape for his second release. “One of the most special things about this album for me is how many instruments on it are played live,” he explains. Synesthetic was created almost entirely using virtual instruments, with a few exceptions. By contrast, Listen boasts upwards of 15 musicians recorded in Berklee’s state-of-the-art facilities. “It’s one thing to use electronic sounds… but when an actual instrument is in the room, the song takes on a different life.” The result is apparent: Listen has a breath of fresh air rarely heard in electronic music today.

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Helena Dee

NITISH KULKARNI’S ALBUM COMBINES WORLDWIDE INSTRUMENTATION AND GREAT MELODIES
NITISH KULKARNI’S ALBUM COMBINES WORLDWIDE INSTRUMENTATION AND GREAT MELODIES


Nitish Kulkarni is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, who creates delectable world-fusion music for the 21st Century. He blends traditional ethnic instruments with modern ones. On his album LISTEN, which ranges from new age to world-pop, you will hear tabla, sitar, djembe, oud, didgeridoo, theorbo, mbira, erhu, oud, Uilleann pipes, harmonica, shakuhachi flute, darbuka, charango guitar, riq tambourine, various Latin and Asian percussion instruments, plus violin, cello, trumpet, glissentar, acoustic Spanish guitar, electric guitars, synthesizers and a few wordless vocalizations. Every tune is different so check out the whole recording. Recorded in Spain, the album is highly entertaining and melodic while also educating the listener’s ears to a wide variety of musical sounds not often heard, especially in these unusual combinations. This is true global music.
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