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Festivals of Nepal
Sur Sudha
Festivals of Nepal
Genres: Folk, World Music, New Age, Pop
 
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Sur Sudha is an ensemble from Nepal that has been researching and performing folk music from the nation for a number of years. The core trio plays flute, sitar, and tabla, and the recording is filled out with the constant ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Sur Sudha
Title: Festivals of Nepal
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Domo Records
Original Release Date: 2/23/1999
Release Date: 2/23/1999
Genres: Folk, World Music, New Age, Pop
Styles: Contemporary Folk, Far East & Asia
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724384708023

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Sur Sudha is an ensemble from Nepal that has been researching and performing folk music from the nation for a number of years. The core trio plays flute, sitar, and tabla, and the recording is filled out with the constant presence of a droning tanpura, occasional voices, and some studio effects and programming that at least don't radically mar the sound the group makes. The songs are from traditional sources, but this is not a folkloric recording. This is popular music, made in the studio to create a large sound and attract a broader audience. Sur Sudha and their European producers have heard of Enya and hope they can create a sound that will prove as successful for Asian music. That said, the richness of the acoustic instruments is not buried, and the songs themselves are wonderful, and the performers are skillful arrangers and performers. This recording is not for the purist, but it is a good introduction to a little-known musical territory. It is also a good argument for why popularized folk music should be done by the locals and not by Europeans and Americans who like to sample the sounds but don't understand the source. Sur Sudha's offering is light, but it's the genuine article. --Louis Gibson

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You'll want to visit Nepal.
Forrest D. Bryant | California | 04/28/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The music here is similar to Indian, with noticeable influences from China and other neighboring countries. The tabla (hand drum) propels, the flute leads the melody and the sitar provides texture along with the ubiquitous drone of the tanpura. Gets better as it goes, with each piece successfully evoking the essence of its associated ritual. From the deliberate sound of a mountain-clibing pilgrimage in "Silu" and hypnotic, floating wishes of "Teej" to the edgy tension of animal sacrifice suffusing "Bada Dashain", this album reflects the surprising variety of Nepalese culture. The studio recording adds accessibility without watering down the music. Very nice!"
Something like flying
andy coeyman | 08/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Listening to this cd is as easy as breathing. Turn it on and suddenly you are alive, suddenly you have ancestral memory, suddenly you are soaring through the tree tops like you did forty thousand years ago, like you were meant to do. Get this CD"
Festivals of Nepal
andy coeyman | brick, nj USA | 07/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have both of Sur Sudha's albums and they are both excellent. Having been to Nepal, it's capital,Kathmandu and the Solu Khumbu region and Mt. Everest; listening to these recordings evokes images of that unbelievable country. A listen to this music recalls the mystism, sights, sounds and smells of the only Hindu kingdom on earth. If you have ever trekked the Himalaya or you are planning to, listen to the music of this group of extremely talented musicians-Sur Sudha!"