Genre: World, Indian music
This CD is the result of a cooperation between Danish guitarist John Sund and the two South Indian musicians, Shashank Subramanyam (bansuri/bamboo flute) and Phalgun Parupalli (mridangam, kanjira/percussion).
The result, which is best described as a musical meeting between cultures – although mainly focused on Indian music, is none the less than, an atmospheric and intense presentation. The musicians long-life experience makes them at ease and allows them to freely interact, toying and juggling with the tones as they go along, almost limitlessly.
We are hearing everything from very soft and meditative tones, to emotional solo-outbursts, to energetic rhythmic expression and most important; it all melts together. For those who already are familiar with Indian music, you will get a different and fresh approach, and for those who may have found Indian music too foreign, the chance has arrived to give it another welcoming try.
John Sund made his debut at the age of 18 together with the Danish Radio Big Band, led by trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg. He received, as one of the first non-classical musicians, Jacob Gade's Grant and has worked with numerous of artists and been involved in many different projects, such as: Danish Radio Workshop Group/Palle Mikkelborg, Lelo Nika, Ganesh & Kumaresh, Bo Stief, Thomas Clausen, Creme Fraiche, Moussa Diallo, Miriam Mursal and Vincent Nilsson and have moreover toured in most parts of the world.
Flute maestro Shashank Subramanyam stormed into the music-world at the age of seven and is recognised as the most distinguished representative of the bamboo flute in South India, which have won him world acclaim. He was the youngest musician to have been invited by The Music Academy, Chennai to perform the senior most slot of The Music Academy, (often performed by Legends of Indian Classical Music), at the age of 12 - a record yet to be broken in the history of South Indian Music. He has worked and recorded with such luminaries as Zakir Hussain, Ustad Sultan Khan and John McLaughlin. He received a Grammy nomination in 2009 and has over 50 CDs and several DVDs to his credit.
Phalgun Parupalli is amongst the finest young dynamic percussion talents in South Indian music. He has accompanied many of the leading musicians in Karnatic music, and have played and recorded together with Shashank on several occasions.