After the Disquiet is a beguiling EP from Tarana, a duo consisting of drummer Ravish Momin and violinist Trina Basu. Recorded live in March 2011, After the Disquiet finds Momin laying down a variety of acoustic drum beats while adding his own real-time electronic manipulations. Over this, Basu adds Eastern-themed improvisations. The sound quality is not perfect here; there is a fair amount of room ambiance in the recording, but the absorbing music is worth diving into all the same. Momin creates quite a din. His drum work is slyly straightforward, which makes his electronic tweaking all ...read more
Drummer Ravish Momin's Trio Tarana is one of the most consistently rewarding and intriguing groups to grace the roster of Portugal's Clean Feed Records. Formed in 2003, the group has notably featured violin and oud as its instrumental color of choice in staggeringly complex yet hard-swinging compositions. Momin--and Tarana--are a genre-fogging unit, blending jazz improvisation with forms from South and East Asia and North Africa. However, this mixing of genres is endemic to Momin's working methods and has expanded to his appearances with other ensembles like the rock band Fulton Lights, tenor man Kalaparusha's ensemble The Light and pianist Ursel ...read more
Drummer/percussionist Ravish Momin has bragging rights to this Middle and Far Eastern style of thrusting progressive jazz. Funny, because it seems so natural and untainted, as if it was meant to be. And he doesn't need a bassist, largely due to his booming bass drum sound and polyrhythmic articulations. This trio covers many musical vistas on Miren (A Longing). Complex, yet easily attainable, where jazz gets a makeover abetted by Sam Bardfeld's streaming violin phrasings and Brandon Terzic's multi-functional performances on oud.
Featuring the violinist's ostinato-based staccato lines and his band-mates' powerful three-way exchanges, the music crosses many ...read more
You have to chuckle when you read a music review and the critic drops names and music styles in such an audacious manner that you know he/she has no idea what they are talking about. The Spanish mellophone player drew heavily from a Transylvanian tradition..." Yeah, right.
But then again, the beauty of the modern--dare I say, world--music experience is the unknown (to the listener) and the unexplored. Jazz has always been right there, 100 years ago fusing the African experience with European marches and Caribbean sounds. Fast forward to the Downtown New York experience of the late 20th century ...read more
If cutting-edge music presages the course that society will take, then this release from Trio Tarana indicates that at some point we will be heading down the right path. Percussionist Ravish Momin leads a trio of musicians with diverse ethnic backgrounds with the stated purpose of sharing their unique Asian-American musical concept and identity with different audiences, worldwide."
With Five Nights, recorded live at Washington DC's beautiful Freer Gallery of Art amidst their excellent Asian collections, the band has exceeded its aim by producing a session that can serve as an example of cultural harmony to all people. The instrumentation ...read more
For his second date as a leader in five years, drummer Ravish Momin has assembled a trio with a truly diverse range of interests and a value expanding on much of the Afro-Asian influence that has entered the jazz canon. Late of Kalaparush and The Light and the groups of reedman Sabir Mateen, Momin studied tabla and Indian rhythms in addition to jazz drumming, and this fleetness comes through in his approach to the kit--his drumsticks tapping the snare with the lightness of fingertips. Momin is joined in Tarana by violinist Jason Kao Hwang, a veteran of the New York ...read more
Drummer Ravish Momin, for his second date as a leader in five years (the other being Sound Dissolving Sound, on Sachimay) has assembled a trio with a truly diverse range of interests and a value expanding on much of the Afro-Asian influence that has entered the jazz canon. Late of Kalaparush and The Light and the groups of reedman Sabir Mateen, Momin studied tabla and Indian rhythms in addition to jazz drumming, and this fleetness comes through in his approach to the kit, his drumsticks tapping the snare with the lightness of fingertips. Momin is joined in Tarana by violinist ...read more