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Review of Ek

Ek

Manika Kaur

Six Degrees Records

Rating: ★★★

Manika Kaur specialises in kirtan, the main communal ritual of the Sikh religion that entails the practice of singing mystical...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Rough Guide to Avant-Garde Japan

Rough Guide to Avant-Garde Japan

VARIOUS ARTISTS

World Music Network

Rating: ★★★

Defining exactly what is or is not ‘avant-garde’ music is an impossible task, with not even close to a consensus...

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Chinmaya Dunster presents… MELA: Beyond Tradition

Chinmaya Dunster presents… MELA: Beyond Tradition

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Chinmaya Dunster

Rating: ★★

There is no doubting the devotion with which sarod player Chinmaya Dunster, the progenitor of MELA, approaches his musical projects....

Reviewed in issue May/2021

Review of Chalo

Chalo

VARIOUS ARTISTS

The Jazz Diaries

Rating: ★★★

This charitable 28-track compilation aims to raise the profile of South Asian music, bringing together artists from the region and...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Dawn of Paradise

Dawn of Paradise

Anupam Shobhakar

Worlds Within Worlds

Rating: ★★★★

Anupam Shobhakar is a New York-based Indian classical musician who plays sarod (an unfretted lute with a deeper tone than...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Le Chant Khyal ou l'Art de l'Imagination

Le Chant Khyal ou l'Art de l'Imagination

Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande

Inédit

Rating: ★★★

Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande is currently one of the leading female artists of North Indian classical vocal music specialising in the genre...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Alkisah

Alkisah

Senyawa

Phantom Limb

Rating: ★★★★

Together for a decade, the Indonesian duo Senyawa have a root sound that could lie in a traditional ceremony, though...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Songs Beyond Words

Songs Beyond Words

A Moving Sound

ARC Music

Rating: ★★★

Performing together for more than 20 years, the husband and wife team of vocalist Mia Hsieh, a Taiwan native, and...

Reviewed in issue March/2021

Review of Simply Amjad Ali Khan Vols 1-3

Simply Amjad Ali Khan Vols 1-3

Amjad Ali Khan

Sarod Records

Rating: ★★★

These three albums are by one of India's finest classical instrumentalists playing one of the most distinguished instruments, the sarod....

Reviewed in issue March/2021

Review of Dusk Notes

Dusk Notes

Supriya Nagarajan & Duncan Chapman

Supriya Nagarajan

Rating: ★★★

Drawing upon synaesthesia and dusk ragas, Dusk Notes is Mumbai-born Nagarajan's debut album made in collaboration with sound artist Duncan...

Reviewed in issue March/2021

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