In August 2013 I was in India giving concerts. With a few days' downtime between programs, I was able to arrange a recording session with two of my favorite musicians, Chaitanya Kunte on harmonium and Milind Pote on tabla. On one Friday evening, we recorded five performances of khyal at Orion Studios in the heart of Pune's Sadashiv Peth. Chaitanya's thoughtful melodic accompaniment and Milind's rock-solid rhythmic underpinning meant that I was able to sing freely and easily — and the music we made that night conveys all that I could hope for in the improvisational world of khyal singing.
Because this music is highly improvisational, I had to keep taking chances, challenging myself with each new extemporized melody — but because all these variations are based on songs, I felt free to choose some of the most beautiful compositions I know. These songs run the gamut from serene and dignified to joyful and exuberant — and express much of the vibrant beauty that drew me into Hindustani music thirty-six years ago.
I'm fortunate to have given my life to this music, to have been taught by a Guru of the caliber of S.G. Devasthali — and fortunate to be able to share the results with you. This CD project offers three of the five pieces we recorded that August evening. I think you'll like them.
Risks and challenges
Mercifully, this project is very simple. The music is already mastered and "in the can"; the cover art is already designed. Once I raise the funds for the manufacturing of these CDs, there's not much that can go wrong!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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