Sunday, October 25, 2015

CD Review – Omkara (The Sound of Divine Love), by Rupam Sarmah

Authentic, traditional Indian instruments combine with jazz saxophone and acoustic guitar for a fusion of world music that is delightfully exotic and eclectic.

Composer and keyboardist Rupam Sarmah has put together an impressive ensemble of top-notch players, headlined by Grammy Award-winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, an innovator of the stringed veena.

Also featured are Makundra Borah on instrumentation, Pranjal Borah on flute, Subhen Chatterjee on tabla and percussion, Sayan Ganguly and Sanjay Hazarika on keyboards, Jonathan Kay on saxophone, Rocio Marron on viola, Pankaj Mishra on sarangi, Matthias Muller on acoustic guitar, Somnath Roy on ghatam, khol, and percussion, Laura Sullivan on piano, and Minakshi Borah, Amrita Bordoloi, Rosy Das, Shella Deb, Padmashri Sumitra Guha, Samhita Pujari, and Juri Sarmah on vocals.

--Raj Manoharan

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