Hellborg, Lane, Umamahesh, Selvaganesh, Umashankar: Icon (2003)
The results of this union are four lengthy ruminations (save the last) that beautifully combine the chant-like droning of Hindustani music with the consonance and resolution of western music. Rhythmically and harmonically sophisticated, Hellborg and Lane navigate their way deftly around the nooks and crannies of the Indian musical psyche. Both string players bristle with ideas and make use of fluid musical technique to express them cogently.
In the same way that the movie Victor Victoria was a gender bender, Icon is an ethnic bender, proving that music is music and traditions can be successfully combined and artfully executed.
Track Listing: Anchor; Mirror; Vehicle; Escape.
Personnel: Jonas Hellborg
Record Label: Barto Records
Style: Beyond Jazz