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Parallels

by Vandana Vishwas

Close your eyes and exhilarate in the thrill of the musical roller coaster joyride as Vandana’s silk-smooth magical voice and mesmerizing melodies glissade you across the musical world, giving you just enough time to soak in the sounds of Spanish Flamenco Guitars or the Dobro and Banjo rich Blue-grass Country music of wild wild West or the liberating sound of African Harp & Kalimba or the ecstatic African beats or the intriguing sound of Chinese Erhu or the evergreen sound of classic Rock & Ballads of the late seventies!
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1. Mai Beqaid (Flamenco)
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2. Piya Na Mose Bole (New Age)
6:02 $0.99
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3. Dhula Dhula (African Beats)
3:19 $0.99
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4. Fiqr E Manzil (Ghazal)
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5. Hum Gum Huye (Ballad)
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6. Mai Beqaid (Country)
4:08 $0.99
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7. Piya Na Mose Bole (Traditional Indian)
3:58 $0.99
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8. Dhula Dhula (Afro-Indian)
3:53 $0.99
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9. Fiqr E Manzil (Rock-E-Zal)
3:48 $0.99
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10. Hum Gum Huye (Unplugged)
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It is marvelous how the same melody, when interpreted in two different genres of music around the world, changes its mood and reincarnates itself in an entirely new flavour. A classic Urdu poetry by Jigar Muradabadi, when rendered in traditional south Asian way with Chinese Erhu flavour evokes a very serene and philosophical mood worthy of being enjoyed in silent solitude with a glass of wine in hand, but the same Ghazal and composition when interpreted as a Rock song, suddenly manifest themselves in form of a very energetic road song, begging to be blasted in full volume while driving high speed in a sports convertible! Bulle Shah’s powerful minimalistic poetry evokes a Mediterranean landscape when interpreted in Flamenco music, but the same melody and lyrics suddenly transport you to a countryside in wild wild West of the past when sung in Blue-Grass Country style. A bubbly song in African beats takes you to an African Safari instantly, but brings you to a fantasy world of Indian and African musicians performing together in a rural setting when African beats are substituted with Tabla and the beautiful sound of African harp is added. A light semi classical Thumri becomes futuristically dreamy as a New Age track but drags you centuries back into golden era of Indian music when performed traditionally. Another Bulle Shah classic sung as a Rock Ballad takes you to the classic era of Rock Ballads and the same song when performed unplugged brings you to a cosy candle-light acoustic setting with your friends in your living room on a weekend.

Vandana’s new album ‘Parallels’ is a set of five such pairs of musical parallels with each song being complete in itself as a stand-alone melody, but changes itself completely in context of another genre so much so that it becomes impossible to tell which came first! And each of these parallels has been achieved by collaborating with some of the best musicians from respective genres in Toronto and India. ‘Parallels’ is the end result of involved collaborations Vandana had with Grammy winner Ricky Kej, famed Flamenco guitarist Johannes Linstead, Dobro/Lap Guitar maestro Richard Henderson, Banjo & Guitar wiz Tim Allan, Kalimba prodigy Njacko Backo, beautiful vocalist Constancia, Chinese Erhu specialist Amely Zhou, Flute pandit Sunil Avachat, Electric Guitar sensation Adam Langley, renowned drummer and percussionist Mark Kelso, Cajonist Tom Bigas, upcoming young Bass guitarist Jarrod Ross and accomplished Tabla players Ganesh Tanwade and Anil Roopchund.

A true album of ‘World Music’, ‘Parallels’ is probably the first experiment of its kind where one can find collaboration of south Asian music with so many diverse genres of music. Close your eyes and exhilarate in the thrill of the musical roller coaster joyride as Vandana’s silk-smooth magical voice and mesmerizing melodies glissade you across the musical world, giving you just enough time to soak in the sounds of Spanish Flamenco Guitars or the Dobro and Banjo rich Blue-grass Country music of wild wild West or the liberating sound of African Harp & Kalimba or the ecstatic African beats or the intriguing sound of Chinese Erhu or the evergreen sound of classic Rock & Ballads of the late seventies, or the divinely rich spiritual soul of India manifested through Bansuri (wooden flute) and tabla, or the futuristic electronica of New Age music!
 
Vandana accomplishes this seemingly challenging task with relative ease through five pairs of songs, each pair sharing one melody interpreted in two different genres. She calls each of these songs a ‘Parallel’ pair, hence the title ‘Parallels’. Some pairings are intuitive, such as the Ballad and the Unplugged or the African Beats and Afro-Indian versions sharing same melody. You can even begin to visualise how a melody may be interpreted in these genres, but the others are so mind-boggling that you want to rip the CD open and listen to the ‘Parallels’ yourself. For instance, who would think of composing 17th century Indian mystic Bulle Shah’s Sufi poetry in Flamenco rhythms with rich Guitar and Cajon sounds and then interpreting the same melody in Blue-Grass Country genre using sounds of Dobro and Banjo? Or of fusing a traditional Ghazal melody composed in Indian Raag Chandrakauns to the odd 7/1 beat cycle of Roopak Taal with Chinese Erhu and then reinterpreting the same composition in a classic Rock sound of late seventies? Or of composing a Thumri like traditional Indian song in a Pahadi melody with dreamy bamboo flutes in 3/2 and then reinterpreting the same melody as a futuristic New Age song in 4/2?
 
The concept of parallels doesn’t end here. As you look at the album artwork, you find the ten tracks of the album listed in ten parallel bands in five pairs of unique colours, with respective ‘Parallels’ sharing the same coloured bands. On the inside panel, the bands close in together and terminate into a rectangle of same colour, that describes the ‘Parallels’.

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Valerie

Multi talented across genres!
Vandana really showcases her vocal abilities - she sings in so many styles, from Flamenco to Rock to African and Traditional Indian, her voice is uplifting and a joy to listen to! And the arrangements are fantastic. Great CD!
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