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an important step
on August 16, 2001
some important things: Karsh Kale's realize crew have created an important recording in the world of asian music. This might be the first real melding of classical traditional hindustani music and DnB--so much so that the combination aspect of it disssappears. There is a new synthesis brewing here, and it's an updated form of classical music; while the forms of raga aren't entirely maintained, and the pieces are incredibly short when compared to classical indian pieces... they're in there. There are "quick" alaaps, rhythmic developments that mirror gats, and other classical forms as well. What I hear is nothing short of the seed of NEW CLASSICAL MUSIC.
Now, with that said, it does have its drawbacks. parts of the recording don't transcend the recording process; they feel stitched together, and it takes a while for some peices to become the sum of their parts. And there are moments when it just seems that a piece is meandering. However, this is basically a debut record, and we can't justly hold that against the musicians.
Another important thing: besides the bhajan done by. Ud. Sultan Khan, there isn't a trace of Indian folk music--especially Bhangra--on this record. No Dhol, no jump up beats. Nor is it the rhythmic marathon of tala matrix.
There's something new being born on this record; it's gonna take a while for this 'modernization' of indian classical tradition to develop, but there's a hell of a lot of promise. keep even more of an eye out for this guy.