Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, New Age, Pop
Liberation is the evolution of a musical journey started centuries ago. Producer/musician/composer Karsh Kale maps out the sonic terrain of Asian-American music for the 21st century. Kale's latest features his band, Realiz... more »
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Liberation is the evolution of a musical journey started centuries ago. Producer/musician/composer Karsh Kale maps out the sonic terrain of Asian-American music for the 21st century. Kale's latest features his band, Realize and special guests Zakir Hussain, Bill Laswell and the Madras Chamber Orchestra. Critical praise for Karsh Kale's Realize: "Realize deftly weaves together variant eras and cultures - and that's what revolution is all about." -SF Weekly "...sonically sumptuous." -Washington Post "I found in Realize the emotional impact of music that can unite listeners - Eastern, Western, or somewhere in between." -San Francisco Bay Guardian
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Jan P. Dennis | Monument, CO USA | 09/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
". . . I bought this album because I mistakenly thought it was a disc by that all-time beach volleyball great, Karch Karaly, the only man to win a two-man beach volleyball tournament in his forties. Just kidding.I do remember KK from his guest stint on Dave Douglas's Freak In. And I was impressed.Admittedly, this disc is a little beyond my usual categories, so you, gentle judges, may be forgiven if I sound like I don't know what I'm talking about. In the end, I think I like it. Quite a bit, actually. It seems to be operating in musical territory not completely removed from world jazz, a musical area I do know something about: It maps an alien (though not incompatible) sensibility (neo-Indian classical) onto an emerging musical aesthetic--electronica/trance/global house(?!). I don't know, I may be way off here; that's just what it seems like to me.It's all rather enjoyable, with some cuts working spectacularly ("Milan," which is, simply, just absolutely gorgeous, "Break of Dawn," which has that mysterioso Indian drone-thing happening all over it, and "Letting Go," another ravishingly beautiful number). The inclusion of the Madras Chamber Orchestra is a touch of genius.Really, the more I listen to this, the more revelatory it seems. Do check it out."
A Masterpiece For The Ages!
Clarissa | Ontario, California | 06/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Karsh Kale (pronounced Kursh Kay-lay) is an absolute genious! I'm not at all familiar with his contributing works to former group Tabla Beat Science or his debut album "Realize" but his sophmore release "Liberation" is truly stunning. I'm completely enthralled with this man's talents and, from now on, will most likely buy anything I see with his name on it, as it's sure to be good. "Liberation" is a myriad of sounds for he's drawn to his Indian heritage but influenced by his modern-day upbringings in England and New York, hence resulting in some interesting fusions which prove to be eclectic and mesmerizing. Electronics merge to meet the cinematic strings of Madras Chamber Orchestra, intricate tabla playing (hand drums), lush, atmospheric soundscapes, jungle fevered break beats and haunting, almost mournful vocals by Asian singer Vishal Vaid and Falguni Shah. Every track is brilliantly composed and aurally breathtaking but "Milan", which means "Meeting Of Two Rivers" and is dedicated to his daughter, is one of the most gorgeous songs I have ever heard before and is augmented with the bansuri (Indian wood flutes) and a guest performance by the most respected tabla player in the world, Zakir Hussain. Well there's not much else to say because words can't fully express how amazing this album is but please take mine and everyone else's word, it seems, and buy "Liberation" asap. It's one of the best worldbeat albums ever made and I highly recommend it."
Milan Parekh | Edison, NJ United States | 05/02/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Great fusion of eastern melody with western beats. Definitely an album to have if you are a fan of Talvin Singh, Medival Punditz and others in the same genre. Liberation is also best KK album to date."