You know how I like the jazz… Above, a Lahore-based wonder currently going viral (h/t Frederick N., who sent to a list I’m subscribed to). I love the above, as I love the original. What a great synthesis of tabla, sitar, guitar, strings… My favorite parts: the guitar stuff around the two-minute mark, plus the sitar on the main melody.FN also pointed me to this, and on the Sachal Studios site itself, you can read a little bit about their philosophy. (Go to About Us. I can’t link directly to it.) I didn’t realize this, because I’m not a big Bollywood watcher, but there’s much about this orchestral presentation that harks back to filmi scores of old. As their website suggests, this music is pleasantly human and live and the video is full of actual people playing instruments, which is a far cry from many music videos I have recently seen (yes, it’s true, I have recently also been deciding what I think about Lady Gaga).
This also made me think, my parents would like this Sachal Studios version, Take Five being a perennial favorite in all its incarnations. I also remembered my father regaling Little Sugi with tales of seeing Duke Ellington play in Sri Lanka back in the day. Lo and behold: the Google and other sources say that the Duke played in Sri Lanka a coupla times. Cool pictures! 1963 and 1972, and you can see that the Far East Suite has (no kidding!) Kandyan imagery on its cover.
The single above is on iTunes and the full album is supposed to be out later this spring. (Bonus: from the Sachal homepage, you can click on Desafinado and hear bossa nova, Sachal-style.)