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Indian Classical Music on the Piano

by Utsav Lal

This record features Dhrupad influenced raga performances and interpretations of Indian compositions on the piano.
Genre: World: Indian Classical
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Raga Malkauns: Alap, Jod, Jhala
28:16 $2.99
2. Raga Jaijaivanti: Gat in Rupak Taal (feat. Nitin Mitta)
16:49 $2.99
3. Raga Puriya: Alap, Jod, Jhala
17:37 $2.99
4. Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram (feat. Nitin Mitta)
4:53 $1.99
5. Vande Mataram
7:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
This record is really special for me. I recorded most of it towards the end of my Masters Program in
Contemporary Improvisation at New England Conservatory of Music. Its been a period of taking everything I
thought I knew into pieces, re-evaluating every decision I made and slowly put back everything that survived.
The biggest grounding force for me in my musical journey is my guru Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar and the
incredible Dhrupad tradition which I am obsessed with. Deciding to play this music on the piano is like a
asymptote-the closer you get, the further away you realise you are! Every record is like a postcard on fulfilling
your ultimate musical intentions and this one is no exception. My attempt is to explore the expressive potential
of the piano in playing this music. The ragas and pieces I chose for this record were pivotal landmarks in
my process of understanding why I make music. The track “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram”, in particular, is a
composition that I have related to in many different ways over the years. This year it has a very intense and
personal significance for me and I felt that I had to include it. I am incredibly indebted to all my teachers, peers,
heroes and family for everything. This record is dedicated to my nana Suresh Johri and nani Urmila Johri.

Huge thanks to the incredible Nitin Mitta for playing some incredible tabla on this record with me and sharing his unique and creative ideas.

Tracks 1,2 and 5 recorded at the New England Conservatory, MA, USA (February 2018) by Jeremy Sama
Tracks 3,4 recorded at Stonesoup Studios, Ohio, USA (July 2018) by Eric Sills
All tracks mixed and mastered by Eric Sills
Photo Credit: Burkhard Meißner



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