SWINDIA (Swiss to India) : A MIX OF SOUTH INDIAN Classical(CARNATIC), NORTH INDIAN & JAZZ , BLENDING BAMBOO FLUTE, STICK BASS, JAZZ VIOLIN, LATIN & AFRO PERCUSSION, CAJON, MRIDANGAM, GHATAM & VOCAL SYLLABLES.
RAVICHANDRA KULUR :
One of the most sought after flutists from India & is extensively touring for concerts with the legendary sitar maestro Pt Ravishankar & Anoushka Shankar around the globe.
Ravi has performed in USA, Canada, UK, UAE, Sweden, Austria, Luxembourg, Finland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Switzerland for his Solos, Duets & Fusion Jazz concerts. Ravi has played more than 800 concerts and participated in music festivals like WOMAD, Roskilde, San Fransisco Jazz Festival and many more. Ravi also has to his credit abut 400 studio session recordings and performed in major venues like the Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall,Royal Festival Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, Disney Hall, Passionskirche, Vienna Kozerthaus etc..
HANS HARTMANN :
Hans has been a fixture on the Berlin music scene for well over 25 years. He is a virtuoso contra bass and Chapman Stick(a complicated Melody & Bass string instrument) player who plays in a range of styles .His compostions are strongly rooted in the Jazz tradition and tastefully combined with Indian melody forms.
RAVICHANDRA KULUR - FLUTES
HANS HARTMANN - CHAPMANN STICK & CONTRA BASS
VALENTINE GREGOR - VIOLIN & VOCALS
ARUN KUMAR - WESTERN PERCUSSION, DOUMBEK & VOCAL SYLLABLES
JAYACHANDRA RAO - MRIDANGAM
GIRIDHAR UDUPA - GHATAM & KONNAKKOL
PRAMATH KIRAN - DJEMBE & MORCHING
EDITING & MIXING - PRAMATH KIRAN at LAYADIGI WORKS
BERLIN STUDIO ENGINEER - TOBIAS DICKMANN
ALSO RECORDED AT PRABATH STUDIOS BANGALORE.
ALL THE COMPOSITIONS ARE WRITTEN BY HANS & ARRANGED BY RAVI.
1 SPANISH FLY - 7 beats cycle & mix of a few minor scale
Ragas in spanish style.
2 GOMERAGA - Aalaap inbibing Jazz styles in 9 beats
3 STICKSTOFF - Vibrant bass parts with Western &
Carnatic Vocal Syllables build up.
4 BASS & BAMBOO - Blend of contra bass & soothing bass
flute in jazz style.
5 TANGO - Composition in 5 beats cycle
highlighting solos of South Indian &
6 WALZR - An appealing tune in raga
7 BLUES FOR - Song inspired by Blues & Raga Valachi.
8 SWINDIA - Swiss melody in 5 beats cycle starting
with Raga PurviKalyani culminating with
major scale Ragas like Shankarabharanam.
Special thanks to my father & guru K Raghavendra Rao , mother Prema, Sharmila & the wonderful musicians for all their inspirations.