Om Rasa | Raga Fission

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Raga Fission

by Om Rasa

A fresh voice in world music, they draw inspiration from the classical music of India and beyond. Introspective melodies of sitar & surbahar collide with the rhythms of kanjira & ghatam, creating a new expression outside the classical mold.
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1. South To North
14:40 $0.99
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2. Oklo
7:17 $0.99
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3. Chain Reaction
5:24 $0.99
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4. Penumbral
22:02 $0.99
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5. Monsoon Delta
10:54 $0.99
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6. Impromptusion
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
American sitarist David Pontbriand joins forces with multi-percussionist Shawn P. Russell to form the instrumental world fusion duo Om Rasa. Pontbriand draws melodic elements from his intimate knowledge of North Indian classical raga, and Russell brings to the mix an in-depth knowledge of South Indian rhythm, along with a unique global-percussion perspective.

Employing distinctive instrumentations, sitar with kanjira, sitar with ghatam, and surbahar with kanjira, Om Rasa draws its inspiration from sources both within and beyond the classical tradition, to create a distinctively original music. Improvisation is at the heart of everything the duo plays, and pieces often develop on the fly. Shawn and David rely on their collective influences and musical instincts to shape the compositions, resulting in a unique, organic approach to song development. This yields music that is a true reflection of their creative muse in the moment, and allows their instruments to converge in a dynamic mixture of styles and influences.

From the tranquil and hypnotic “Penumbral”, to the jam-band attitude of “Oklo”, to the sly, shifting, blues-drenched “Monsoon Delta”, “Raga Fission” mixes contemporary influences with the traditional, crafting new music that is innovative, yet at the same time familiar.

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Joseph H.

Far better than I was expecting!
I admit to having doubts that a Western musician can truly grasp the soul of classical Indian music. And truthfully the idea is still up for debate, in my opinion. So when I ordered this disc on a whim I wasn’t expecting anything more than a good attempt, with some entertainment value, yet less than serious playing.
Upon listening to this disc I was more than a little surprised. Whether it’s because of the musical-style fusion or the possible “westernization” of the music, I found it entertaining from beginning to end. Unlike so many recordings that, to the novice listener, remind one of nothing more than 20 minutes of plucking a rubber band at the start, this recording takes a hold of the listener from the first song and provides a rhythmic blend of tradition with an almost rock like under tone. Brilliant! If someone were looking to buy a disc that would introduce him or her to Indian music, without being forced into the heavier, traditional styles, I would recommend this disc without hesitation.
I’m not familiar with either of the musicians, but would love to have another recording by these two released in the near future.
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