2008/05/17

OCORA: India part 2

an entirely Northern edition, we shall dip into the Karnatic south later. the Sangeet Trio is lovely as can be... and I really love the 2 Gopal Krishan albums here: his sound is very special for me... wicked.


Sangeet Trio :
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, guitar
Tarun Bhattacharya, santur
Renu Mojumdar, bansuri)
recorded Dec. 16, 1995, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris

"This is an unusual ensemble for Indian classical music. First of all, instead of a soloist accompanied by the tabla drums and the sitar-like tampura, there is a trio plus accompanists. The trio consists of three unusual instruments: bansuri flutes (played by Renu Mojumdar), a modified guitar (played by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt), and the Middle Eastern santur hammer dulcimer (played by Tarun Bhattacharya). The guitar is especially interesting. It has a short neck, four melody strings, three drone strings, and 12 sympathetic strings. It is played with a metal slide in a quasi "slack key" style. The slide is frequently used to bend notes in the Indian fashion, but when Bhatt resorts to more of a finger-picking style, it sounds American. The trio plays "Raja Jog" at this live concert in Paris. It is an exceedingly long raag (66 minutes), and the alap -- the opening 18-and-a-half-minute slow movement -- might be a little tedious for Western ears. The two faster sections are more engrossing. The musicians chose a raag whose intervals recall the American blues, and there is a repeated five-note figure that could almost be a jazz riff. The overall effect is more like jazz than blues. These allusions are achieved without any straining for effect, if they are indeed conscious at all. Good fun.(AMG)"

Inde du Nord: Sangeet Trio en Concert


"The vichitra veena is a slide instrument used in North Indian classical music, but it has become quite rare today. Gopal Krishan is one of only a handful of players with recordings available. I have heard them all, and I've heard all of GK's available CDs, and I believe the raga JOG on this double album is his best effort on record.

As you may or may not know, JOG is similar to the American blues scale - it uses both forms (flat/natural) of the 3rd note, and the flat is a pretty high flat, just like in the blues. It's a nice effect to hear something so like a slide guitar play something so like the blues - so like, and yet so unlike ...

G.K. is very fond of LAYAKARI, playing around with the rhythm, and he does it a lot here in JOG. Tabla player is Latif Ahmed Khan of Dehli gharana, student of ustad Gami Khan, and he has played good solid Dehli style. Tabla sound is good, not the least tinny. He has not played any Zakir Hussain fireworks, just good accompaniment with communication and togetherness with GK in layakari parts. You will be hearing them both make small mouth noises on various "SAM" points; this recording comes very much alive. Interestingly, ALAP is comparatively speaking pretty fast and GAT is comparatively slow tempo, though ending with some JHALLA.

(Gopal Krishan by the way learnt from his father, called Nand Kishor, later with Gwalior gharana teacher Khubchand Bramchari - his rival on the vichitra veena Dr Mustafa Raza plays Gwalior style - and finally went to Ravi Shankar. So the style he plays here reminds of Ravishankar more then Gwalior, hence the layakari. He plays I think a total of 4-6 slightly out-of-tune notes in JOG - he's human! he's human! (Amazon Reviewer)"

India: Gopal Krishan - Inde du Nord, L'Art de la Vichitra Vîna
DISC 1 DISC 2-A DISC 2-B



Gopal Krisnan - Dhrupad et Khyal
PART-A PART-B


Inde du Nord - Raga Bhairav – Sarod - Partho Sarothy: PART A PART B

22 comments:

Dan said...

Thanks for all of this stuff - any chance you'll be posting some Indian stuff with vocals? That would be fantastic.

zhao said...

yes! karnatic vocals! and others...

Anonymous said...

I have a feeling I'm not going to be listening to much of anything besides Indian tunes for the next couple of months! Amazing project, keep it up. A musical education, to say the least...

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

Anonymous said...

I very much appreciate your efforts.

zhao said...

"I have a feeling I'm not going to be listening to much of anything besides Indian tunes for the next couple of months!"

well soon enough we'll move on to... africa? persia? europe? vietnam? who knows? :D

Anonymous said...

Thank you for these wonderful recordings. The download for the Parthao Sarothy appears to be only the first 2 pieces (alap and jhor)of the record - according to the back cover scan there should be 2 more (tarparan and dhammar) Any chance of posting these?.

zhao said...

oh shucks you are right... that's why the archive is called "A", because there SHOULD be a "B"... DUH.

will up tomorrow... so... tired... can't...

theheaviestfunkintheworld said...

Zhao.

Thank you so very much for the music. This is a catch-all 'thank you', because I loot this site, and the delicious things on it, constantly. A third and deserved thank you.

Sorry to make a request in public and all, and forgive the breach of blog-etiquette ( I can't find a way to email you privately) but I'd be very pleased if you would consent to an exchange of links.

I'm at theheaviestfunkintheworld@wordpress.com

I think it might make sense if you drop by.

Looking forward the Dravidian stuff very much.

rangefinder said...

Thanks for this killer stuff... I'm really looking forward to some of the stuff for northern africa and south east asia. Keep it coming!

Anonymous said...

Still thinking about posting Part B of Partho Sarathy? I'm one person who would be interested, if so.

zhao said...

hey sorry for delay PART B added...

Anonymous said...

Just popping in to express my appreciation for you putting the stuff up: I've spent much of the past two days listening to it, and have really gotten in to some of it.

Anonymous said...

i collect all the nimbus indian classical albums - this label you are posting is fantastic. i have not seen them before.
thanks
dubbo

Anonymous said...

Big thanks for Part B!!

Anonymous said...

I'm commenting too much, but I must say I'm digging the hell out of this project. Thank you.

Ochyming said...

Thanks!

Jed said...

Thanks for this. I've mirrored Gopal Krisnan's "Dhrupad et Khyal" on zshare:

Part A:

http://www.zshare.net/download/14281234bfa2f1d1/

Part B:

http://www.zshare.net/download/14281588aba73e81/

Jed said...

Partho Sarothy mirrored on zshare:

Part 1:

http://www.zshare.net/download/14648153b41caccc/

Part2:

http://www.zshare.net/download/1465007243e28c3a/

Enrique said...

Zhao! You rule man!!! Your blog is easily my favorite now! BEST regards from Mexico.

Anonymous said...

i used to have a few ocora albums and would always be looking for them in used record stores. unfortunately i no longer have them. one in particular i would like to hear again was of hammered dulcimer music from northern india. i remember a purple album cover. do you have this one?

Anonymous said...

i used to have several ocora label albums. i would buy them in used record stores in the mid 80's. unfortunately i no longer have any of them. one i remember in particular was hammered dulcimer ragas from northern india. it had a purple album cover. do you by any chance have this one?