Label: Azure Miles Records
1. Darbari Kanada
My composition begins with wind bells performing a glissando inspired by the Indian swaramandala. This wash of sound is followed by the entrance of two tanpura drones, after which the clarinet, echoed by a rain stick, intones the alap. The harpsichord performs the jor, and the trumpet appears for the jhala. During a pause by the trumpet, a brightly colored Indonesian gamelan bell presents another view of the opening glissando using two different timbres, one open and the other masked. The first gat introduces the Indonesian skin drum composite together with the clarinet. The second gat welcomes the Indian drum composite along with a jugalbandi of harpsichord and trumpet. In a format familiar to Carnatic music, Darbari Kanada’s concluding gat features pure percussion, with the Indonesian and Indian composite drums weaving independent yet confluent polyrhythms. Just as the drums have finished, the shimmering wind bells return, imparting an air of mystery and passion in ascent.
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