Layers and layers of beautiful soundscapes both dynamic and subtle come together seamlessly on this album. A must have for lovers of modern ragas and spacey spiritual jazz.
Favorite track: Little Wheel Spin and Spin.
The energy we create is not only a connection on stage. It is a circle that connects the musicians on-stage to the audience as well. That energy returns after being processed by the audience back to the stage, for the musicians to take in and and build upon, then returning back to the listeners, creating a elevated focused cyclical energy around the creative musical moment we share.” (Pianist, Marc Cary)
Our communities outside of musical experience today are also extensions of circles, connected by moments and influences that inspire us. Their sources offer to quench our thirst for knowledge. We are drawn to the source of these influences; they call to us from within ourselves. These influences and their sources, ultimately, help define us.
We are in a place now where we often forget to acknowledge, or are indifferent to these influences. But if we reflect on and convey our history, and our influences on each other, we can get closer to these sources and learn how they have evolved us as a connected people. We can find and follow the circle’s path.
A circle’s path must return to where it once was, and when we return and recreate the familiar, we ideally have learned something; elevating ourselves, and working towards what we hope to create in the future. The result of this evolving positive focused energy is what helps hope, peace and compassion bloom.
The goals and results of this focused cyclical energy can, unfortunately, also be terrifying in their potential for hatred and destruction. The Cree Indian activist-poet-musician Buffy Saint-Marie sings, “Blame the angels, blame the fates, blame the Jews or your sister Kate. Teach your children who to hate, and the big wheel turns around and around.” (Little Wheel Spin and Spin). If we can accept that this moment does not exist in a vacuum, then we realize that our place today is built on the connections to our past. For good or bad, the history and the connections are written, and now we must evolve from this point forward.
To truly appreciate ourselves we must learn our history, so we can positively affect and contribute towards our collective evolution. Today we often lose sight of these connections and our own history, but as creative minds, we must acknowledge our sources and help the circle of evolution circle back with an elevated and enlightened perspective. Or else, we are giving less than the best of ourselves.
released February 16, 2018
Sameer Gupta - Drumset, Tabla
Marc Cary - Wurlitzer, Synthesizer, FX
Jay Gandhi - Bansuri Flute
Arun Ramamurthy - Violin
Marika Hughes - Cello
Trina Basu - Violin
Rashaan Carter - Bass, FX
Neel Murgai - Sitar (Tracks 5, 7, 11, 12)
Brandee Younger - Harp (Tracks 1, 2)
Pawan Benjamin - (Tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12)
Morley Kamen - Vocal (Track 1)
Sameer Gupta is known as one of the few percussionists simultaneously representing the traditions of American jazz on drum
set and Indian classical music on tabla. By combining traditional and modern improvisational styles drawing from his Indian heritage and American roots, Gupta has already established himself as an original musical voice in jazz, world, and fusion music....more