Indigo Masala

Ocean

Arun Leander: Bayan (Russian button accordion), backing vocals  / Ravi Srinivasan: Drums, tabla, udu, percussion, vocals, whistling / Yogendra: Sitar, backing vocals. Published in 2017.

ID: JICD 1061

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Indigo Masala is the trio in which our founder and co-owner Yogendra has been playing since 2005. It's a pioneer of world music played exclusively on acoustic instruments and featuring the sitar as a special trademark. Today bands like Pulsar Trio and Indian Air follow in a similar vein. The last Indigo Masala CD, however, has been published six years back. Since then, the band had been so busy with touring and other projects that there was no energy left for a new record. But a tour break in 2016 triggered fresh ideas and resulted in a fine collection of exciting new pieces. They were recorded in a cosy little studio on the outskirts of Berlin. Just now the CD has come in from the plant - and is available from India Instruments even before the official release!

Ocean is the title of the new work: a homage to a vast and miraculous world, that has inspired the curiosity and exploratory urge of mankind as well as unrestrained exploitation - and which hitherto still defies all domination attempts. In ten atmospherically dense pieces, one experiences the ocean's overwhelming vitality, meets its fascinating and often endangered creatures, feels its importance for the earth's climate and its interplay with the powerful forces of the earth's core and the cosmic heavenly bodies. The music comes almost without lyrics. Inner images are stirred just by the imaginative and subtly touching qualities of the compositions. These inner images are supported by the artistically designed booklet. Each song is illustrated by a little piece of art created especially for the CD.

While tabla and udu dominated Indigo Masala's percussion in earlier recordings, more drums and cymbals are used now. This way, the flowing grooves become more colourful and get a fresh jazzy touch. The chromatic button accordion bajan with its enormous range provides refined harmonies and iridescent drone flows with an almost orchestral fullness,. And the sitar invites to dive into other spheres with magic melodies. Thanks to the relaxed atmosphere of the recording sessions, Ocean also brings across a live feeling, with which the band's exuberant joy of playing can be felt at any time. Thus, the unique, pulsating, sensual and highly virtuoso creations of Indigo Masala become a most delightful musical pleasure.

Indigo Masala is the trio in which our founder and co-owner Yogendra has been playing since 2005. It's a pioneer of world music played exclusively on acoustic instruments and featuring the sitar as a special trademark. Today bands like Pulsar Trio and Indian Air follow in a similar vein. The last Indigo Masala CD, however, has been published six years back. Since then, the band had been so busy with touring and other projects that there was no energy left for a new record. But a tour break in 2016 triggered fresh ideas and resulted in a fine collection of exciting new pieces. They were recorded in a cosy little studio on the outskirts of Berlin. Just now the CD has come in from the plant - and is available from India Instruments even before the official release!

Ocean is the title of the new work: a homage to a vast and miraculous world, that has inspired the curiosity and exploratory urge of mankind as well as unrestrained exploitation - and which hitherto still defies all domination attempts. In ten atmospherically dense pieces, one experiences the ocean's overwhelming vitality, meets its fascinating and often endangered creatures, feels its importance for the earth's climate and its interplay with the powerful forces of the earth's core and the cosmic heavenly bodies. The music comes almost without lyrics. Inner images are stirred just by the imaginative and subtly touching qualities of the compositions. These inner images are supported by the artistically designed booklet. Each song is illustrated by a little piece of art created especially for the CD.

While tabla and udu dominated Indigo Masala's percussion in earlier recordings, more drums and cymbals are used now. This way, the flowing grooves become more colourful and get a fresh jazzy touch. The chromatic button accordion bajan with its enormous range provides refined harmonies and iridescent drone flows with an almost orchestral fullness,. And the sitar invites to dive into other spheres with magic melodies. Thanks to the relaxed atmosphere of the recording sessions, Ocean also brings across a live feeling, with which the band's exuberant joy of playing can be felt at any time. Thus, the unique, pulsating, sensual and highly virtuoso creations of Indigo Masala become a most delightful musical pleasure.

1. Ocean 03:41
2. Leatherback 06:10
3. Aquila 02:52
4. Burung Gagak 03:40
5. New Moon - Gravity 05:47
6. Florida Box Turtle 05:12
7. Island Suite I - Volcanoes 04:55
8. Corals 03:20
9. Raja Ampat 04:00
10. Island Suite II - Currents 06:10
 
Total time 46:24
 
C & P 2017 by Jigit! Records