Alif Laila | I Am a River

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I Am a River

by Alif Laila

A exotic blend of Indian Classical sitar & tabla with Jazz saxophone. The masterful artists play with refined artistry, depicting the six stages of the 'river of life'. The raga compositions in sitar are a source of inspiration for the Jazz improvisations
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1. The Beginning (Feat. Bernhard Ullrich)
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2. Innocence (Feat. Bernhard Ullrich & Tanmoy Bose)
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3. Romance (Feat. Bernhard Ullrich & Tanmoy Bose)
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4. Conflict (Feat. Bernhard Ullrich & Tanmoy Bose)
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5. Compromise (Feat. Bernhard Ullrich & Tanmoy Bose)
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6. Freedom (Feat. Bernhard Ullrich & Tanmoy Bose)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The music is based on the Indian Classical 'ragas' (melodies depicting a mood) and 'taals' (rhythmic cycles) played with the sitar (Alif Laila) and the tabla (Tanmoy Bose). To complement the universality of the theme, jazz saxophone (Bernhard Ullrich) was chosen to add a different shade of color with the music. Combining the textures of the saxophone, the sitar, and the tabla suggests how elements of nature can converge in harmony.Spontaneous and unwritten, the deep connection of the artists with the music gave birth to a seamless tapestry in the musical story of "I Am A River". The selection and the arrangement of the 'ragas', the tempo of rhythm, and the musical techniques all compose a sophisticated metaphor to the stages of life, the motion of the river and spiritual dvelopment.
The three 'ragas' that were chosen to compose and improvise each melodic expression for the different tracks are: Nat Bhairav (mood of devotion) , Kirwani (mood of romance) and Megh(mood of devotion.
The improvisational musical creativity of two genres of music has brought about a new freshness and unique richness to this album.


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Five Stars
This album is just great. One thing that stands out is the seamless transitions of one mood to another. The titles of the tracks match the music quite well and the music flows much like a river just as the album name suggests. Alif takes you on a journey through the pleasures and pains that we all face in this life, captured beautifully with Indian ragas. Ullrich also adds a beautiful quality, at times, his Jazz background shines through, while throughout the album he connects with the sitar and weaves in and out of Alif's lines. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish what he is playing because he is so intertwined with the music of the sitar. Clearly a well thought out recording and really powerful music.