Sangam: Michael Nyman Meets Indian Masters

Sangam: Michael Nyman Meets Indian Masters

by Michael Nyman
     
 

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The classical music traditions of Europe and India have been in an ongoing dialogue for several decades now. The conversation has at times been stilted and occasionally downright incoherent, as well-meaning artists from both sides of the equation have attempted, with limited success, to fuse two musical genres that are built on fundamentally different sets of rules

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The classical music traditions of Europe and India have been in an ongoing dialogue for several decades now. The conversation has at times been stilted and occasionally downright incoherent, as well-meaning artists from both sides of the equation have attempted, with limited success, to fuse two musical genres that are built on fundamentally different sets of rules and expectations. At its best, though, the exchange has produced stunningly lovely music, and this experiment is among the more successful ones. Composer Michael Nyman went to India in late 2000 looking for collaborators, and settled on two: mandolinist U. Shrinivas and the vocal team of brothers Rajan Misra and Sajan Misra. For the Misra brothers, Nyman created a chamber-orchestra accompaniment based on their singing; the result is exceptionally lovely, and is sometimes reminiscent of the more contemplative parts of Steve Reich's composition "Different Trains." But the best piece here is the half-hour-long "Samhitha," Nyman's collaboration with U. Shrinivas. The piece consists essentially of Shrinivas' extended elaboration of a pentatonic theme suggested by Nyman; the strings play along with him, sometimes doubling his lines and sometimes accompanying them as he flies off on complex and fanciful digressions. Strongly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/18/2003
Label:
Wea International
UPC:
0809274955128
catalogNumber:
749551

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Nyman   Primary Artist,Piano,Conductor
David Roach   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Nick Cooper   Cello
Andy Findon   Flute,Piccolo,Baritone Saxophone
Tony Hinnigan   Cello
Steve Sidwell   Trumpet
Cathy Thompson   Violin
Nigel Barr   Trombone
Martin Elliott   Bass Guitar
Mary Scully   Double Bass
Rajan & Sajan Misra   Voices
Sanju Sahai   Tabla
Simon Haram   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Michael Nyman Band   Ensemble
Dave Lee   French Horn
Rajan Misra   Vocals
Sajan Misra   Vocals,Voices
Richard Cookson   Viola
U. Shrinivas   Mandolin
Rajnish Misra   Vocals
Ritesh Misra   Vocals
Catherine Musker   Viola

Technical Credits

Michael Nyman   Producer
Carmen Rizzo   Producer
Austin Ince   Producer,Engineer
Nigel Williamson   Liner Notes
Elizabeth Lloyd   Executive Producer

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