Will Marsh has been a dedicated student of the sitar since 2006. His training began under Ustad Aashish Khan at the California Insitute of the Arts. This album features Will's intuitive touch for the meditative, expansive elements of North Indian Classical music. The result is a great album for meditation, reflection and yoga practices.
Although the track is one piece, classically it expresses three forms of traditional N. Indian music. Firstly, the alap is the meditaive invocation of a raga. The Alap slowly introduces each note and phrase of the raga with no meter or pulse. Next is the Jor. Jor adds a pulse and rhythm to the raga. Finally the jhalla is a high-speed climax using "chikari" strings of the sitar.
The Raga chosen for this recording is Rag Yaman Kalyan. It is an evening raga with moods of wonder, love and devotion.