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Content by tag "Prasanna"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Prasanna: All Terrain Guitar

Read "All Terrain Guitar" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

As a solo artist, Prasanna (Raga Metal Conversations, Raga Bop Trio) doesn't record that often, but when he does, it's usually an impressive musical statement, incited by his ferocious licks and unique convergence of Indian Carnatic music with a Western muse. For example, check out his previous outing, which is an East-West tribute to Jimi Hendrix ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

The 5th Annual Alternative Guitar Summit: February 4, 2015 @ Shapeshifter Lab And February 6-8, 2015 @ Rockwood Music Hall

The 5th Annual Alternative Guitar Summit: February 4, 2015 @ Shapeshifter Lab And February 6-8, 2015 @ Rockwood Music Hall

Presenting 22 Guitarists, New Podcast Featuring Nels Cline, Plus Masterclasses @ Spectrum The 2015 AGS will feature 22 Guitarists!: Ben Monder, Steve Mackey, Scott Johnson, Lee Ranaldo, Liberty Ellman, David Gilmore, Joel Harrison, Miles Okazaki, Kenny Wessel, Doug Wamble, Adam Levy, Sheryl Bailey, Michael Gregory Jackson, Anders Nilsson, Aaron Dugan, Marco Cappelli, Gyan Riley, David Fiuczynski, Prasanna, Ava ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

George Brooks: Global Conversations

Read "George Brooks: Global Conversations" reviewed by Anil Prasad

Being a musician isn't a career for saxophonist George Brooks, it's a journey. Navigating an expansive variety of Indian classical music-influenced environments is at the heart of his travels. Brooks is best known for leading Summit, a cross-cultural ensemble that includes bassist Kai Eckhardt, guitarist Fareed Haque, tabla hero Zakir Hussain and drummer Steve Smith. He ...

Vijay Iyer: Tirtha

Read "Tirtha" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

A confluence of ideas is encountered in the kinetic and unusual Tirtha, featuring three South Asian luminaries: the critically acclaimed jazz pianist Vijay Iyer; and his equally accomplished trio-mates, guitarist/composer Prasanna, and tablaist Nitin Mitta. Iyer formed the band in 2007 when asked to put together a concert celebrating 60 years of Indian independence. The title ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Prasanna: Electric Ganesha Land

Read "Prasanna: Electric Ganesha Land" reviewed by C.S.Vallikanth

Prasanna
Electric Ganesha Land
Susila Music
2006



Hot on the heels of the genre bending South Indian Carnatic/jazz fusion album Be The Change, Prasanna here offers another staggering experiment. This time he fuses Carnatic music with many of the known variants, and sources, of rock music--from hard rock ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Prasanna: Electric Ganesha Land

Read "Electric Ganesha Land" reviewed by John Kelman

Prasanna's Be the Change (Susila Music, 2003) was a remarkable combination of the South Indian Carnatic tradition with a fusion energy comparable to better-known guitarists like John McLaughlin. Electric Ganesha Land moves away from jazz, paying tribute to legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix. The lineup features Prasanna alone or with a number of Indian musicians playing ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Prasanna: Be The Change

Read "Prasanna: Be The Change" reviewed by C.S. Vallikanth

Prasanna
Be the Change
Susila Music
2004

At dusk the cock announces dawn;
At midnight, the bright sun.
~ Zen Poem

Could there be an eternity beyond earthly opposites? Could a “This" and “That" cease to be? Could the unity of all opposites become a vivid ...

Prasanna: Be the Change

Read "Be the Change" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

When the fusion of guitar jazz and traditional Indian music is discussed, either John McLaughlin or the late Shawn Lane will immediately come to mind. One can add to those ranks the marvelous talents of Prasanna, who has the added legitimacy of being a native Indian. On this entertaining album Prasanna has achieved a most impressive ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Prasanna: Be The Change

Read "Prasanna: Be The Change" reviewed by Phil DiPietro

Prasanna
Be the Change
2004

For this, his second solo project, the astonishing Indian (and currently Bostonian) guitarist Prasanna assembles two world-class bands, going south for Flecktones Victor Wooten, saxman Jeff Coffin and drummer Derico Watson; and west (or for him, further east) for seminal fusion bassist Alphonso Johnson, drummer Ralph Humphrey ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Prasanna's Carnatic Convergence Concept Produces Potent Panethnic Potion

Read "Prasanna's Carnatic Convergence Concept Produces Potent Panethnic Potion" reviewed by Phil DiPietro

The music of India has long crossed over into western pop, rock and jazz styles. Every few years, the press will note a 'resurgence' in this trend, which in fact, appears to have continued steadily since the days of George Harrison's fascination with Ravi Shankar. Jazz has incorporated Indian influences for many years as well, and ...


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