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Innovations

by L. Subramaniam

For the first and perhaps only time has a musician recorded a varnam in 15 speeds, playing in multiple nadai-s (dividing a beat into different pulses). Also included in the album is an intricate Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi in Hemavati, a rare raga.
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1. Varnam / Ninnu Kori (feat. Palghat Mani Iyer)
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14:35 album only
2. Hemavathi / Ragam
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8:38 album only
3. Hemavathi / Tanam
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2:53 album only
4. Hemavathi / Pallavi
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25:40 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"L Subramaniam is the best this listener has heard." - The New York Times

"Violinist L Subramaniam proved to be a peerless virtuoso. Subramaniam’s poetic imagination formed inexhaustible permutations" - Los Angeles Times

L Subramaniam, India's foremost violinist, orchestral composer and creator of the Global Fusion concept, is perhaps the greatest representative of Indian classical music today. He has performed/recorded with some of the greatest musicians of all times including Yehudi Menhuin, Stephane Grapelli, Herbie Hancock, Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Shankar, George Harrison and Stevie Wonder. He has written/performed orchestral compositions with the New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Orchestra Nationale du Lille, among others.

L Subramaniam starts this album with a compositional form called the varnam, which he performs in 15 speeds by dividing the beat into a different number of pulses. The varnam 'Ninnu kori' composed by Ramnad 'Poochi' Srinivasa Iyengar is in the raga Mohana and is set to an 8 beat cycle (divided as 4+2+2) called Adi tala. This track is unique because never before, and never since, has a varnam been recorded or performed in 15 speeds in the history of music.

The second composition is divided into three parts: Ragam, Tanam and Pallavi. This is a musically complicated and technically challenging form and is regarded as the acme of a South Indian classical performance. The Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi is based on a rare raga called Hemavati and is set to a 3 beat cycle called Rupaka tala.


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