this was posted many months ago on SFRP's Ocora label thread, and has been knocking the life out of my speakers ever since. huge props to asterisk for having this absolute diamond in his collection.
the hottest rhythms I've ever heard. period. time signatures moving around like liquid, drums being hit with a true fierceness and precision. given flight by three (I think) master reed players. I don't know much (or anything) about the rituals being performed here, except that I hope they are still going on, loud as ever.
Inde du Sud: Temple de Chidambaram, Periya Melam
"Recordings from 2000-1 and affiliated to the temple of
Chidambaram (dedicated to Shiva but also to Vishnu), the ritual music
ensemble Periya Mêlam sounds vibrant and penetrating with its
nagasvaram oboes, tavil drums and talam castanets, the voice of the