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The Fourth Stream

by Sriram Gopal

The Fourth Stream is the debut album from drummer/bandleader Sriram Gopal, and features D.C.'s best musicians playing improvisational music that maintains a steady groove while offering an international flavor.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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1. Bapuji
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2. Why? Because I Can
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3. Zarafah
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4. Sink
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5. Como Pod'a Groriosa
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6. Nadia
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7. Something Good
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8. Bengali Dhun
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9. Almost Spring
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I started performing with the name, The Fourth Stream, back in 2008. There has never been a set lineup due to the vagaries of musicians’ schedules, but there has been a consistent aesthetic. I aim to play music that incorporates any and all influences while retaining a strong commitment to melody, improvisation, and accessibility.

When it came to conceiving a Fourth Stream recording, I initially envisioned it as a love letter to Washington, D.C., the city I’ve called home since 2006. That concept went by the wayside for a number of reasons, but a couple songs from that period remain. "Como Pod’a Groriosa" is a liturgical piece with roots in 13th century Galicia, and was to represent D.C.’s Brookland neighborhood around Catholic University. "Bengali Dhun" honors Subcontinental Drift, a District-based, South Asian community arts organization in which I was deeply involved from 2007 to 2014.

My vision for the album evolved in a more personal way that seems fitting given that 2016 marks 10 years of living in D.C. and my 40th trip around the sun. Some songs represent moments and times in my life where I experienced significant growth as a musician. For example, Geoff Rohrbach’s "Sink" is a tune we used to perform regularly as a duo during the mid-Aughts. "Almost Spring" was the first of my own compositions to see the light of day. Other tracks made the recording simply because their melodies have imprinted themselves on my inner jukebox over the years, as is the case with "Something Good", "Zarafah", and "Nadia".

The recording process was an opportunity to work with some of my favorite musicians from the DMV, most of whom I became acquainted with through my work as a jazz writer for DCist.com. I’m proud that collaboration has led to genuine friendships with these fine artists. To that end, Rob Coltun generously gave me permission to record "Bapuji" and Bobby Muncy contributed two gorgeous arrangements. My appreciation extends equally to all of the other musicians who lent their talent and enthusiasm to this project: Kevin Pace, Kris Funn, Michael Bowie, John Lee, Sameer Kadri, and Janel Leppin-Pirog. Mike Reina and Mat Leffler-Schulman can twist knobs with the best of ‘em and captured some wonderful sounds.

I would also like to thank the community of family and friends that has consistently supported my creative ventures. Finally, I must recognize my parents and sister, who spent years dealing with a racket coming out of the basement without ever telling me to quiet down.

-- Sriram Gopal

Personnel:

Produced by Sriram Gopal
Recorded and Mixed by Mike Reina at The Brink (Centreville, VA)
Mastered by Mat Leffler-Schulman at Mobtown Studios (Baltimore, MD)

Sriram Gopal -- Drumset and Percussion
Geoff Rohrbach -- Piano, Rhodes, Organ, Synthesizers
Bobby Muncy -- Saxophones on Tracks 1, 5, 7 and 8; EWI on Track 6
Rob Coltun -- Guitar on Tracks 1, 6, and 8
John Lee -- Guitar on Tracks 3, 4, and 9
Kevin Pace -- Acoustic Bass on Track 1; Electric Bass on Tracks 6 and 8
Kris Funn -- Acoustic Bass on Tracks 3, 4, and 9
Michael Bowie -- Electric Bass on Track 5; Acoustic Bass on Track 7
Janel Leppin-Pirog -- Cello, Loops & Effects on Track 5
Sameer Kadri -- Vocals on Track 8

Cover Design by Matt Rippetoe
Photography by Guru Udapi

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