Laya Project CD (2010)

Artist: Laya Project

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Product Overview

Specifications

Label White Swan/ryko
SKU 216291652
UPC 094922656216
UPC 14 00094922656216
Format CD
Release Date 9/21/2010
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Author Laya Project
Technical Info
Engineer Patrick Sebag; Yotam Agam
Producer Patrick Sebag; Sonya Mazumdar; Paul Jacob; Joanne de Rozario
CatalogID ES0027
Lable Name White Swan Records
Released 09/21/2010
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 3
SPARE Code n/a
Length 95m : 0s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00094922656216
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixer: Yotam Agam.
Recording information: Clementine Studios, Chennai, India.
Director: Harold Monfils.
Arranger: Patrick Sebag.
Released in conjunction with a movie of the same name, Laya Project is a two-disc compilation of music recorded in some of the locations that the 2004 tsunami hit with the greatest devastation: Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, the Maldives, India, and Myanmar. The genesis of each track was a field recording made by the film's producers using a portable studio; one is a song of mourning for a man's wife lost in the tsunami, another is a song of welcome offered spontaneously to the group by a woman in the Maldives; there is a recording of a percussion ensemble, of Buddhist chanting, and one of a couple who, when they saw the recording crew, pulled out traditional Thai instruments and began playing. The music producers, Patrick Sebag and Yotam Agam, then took the field recordings and added other instruments: a string section from Madras, tabla, harmonium, bansuri, keyboards, electric bass, and sampled rhythms. In most cases, one wonders whether the original artists would recognize their contributions (and one also wonders what it means that so many tracks show as having been "composed by" Sebag and Agam -- perhaps in this context the word "composed" means "arranged"). It's also slightly troubling that for all their discussion of the resilience and resourcefulness of the people whose musical traditions are documented here, neither the album's liner notes nor, as far as can be discerned, the project's website offers any explanation as to whether and how this recording (and the accompanying documentary film) will translate into material aid for them and their fellow victims. Presumably such arrangements have been made, but the lack of any statement to that effect leaves one wondering. Still, the music itself is mostly excellent: a traditional song from Myanmar titled "Glorious Sun" is presented in two mixes (both very good, though the original mix is much subtler and lovelier than its more aggressively dance-oriented remix); "Hai La Sa" is mournful and quietly funky, with a faintly bhangra-inflected rhythmic structure; "Touare" is a trancey instrumental with dubwise scraps of vocal floating around in the mix. Not everything on the two discs is equally entrancing, but all of it is worth hearing. ~ Rick Anderson
Disc 1
1 Glorious Sun [Remix] - Laya Project (remix),Glorious Sun - Laya Project
2 Muliya - Laya Project,Sunrise In Injumbakkam - Laya Project
3 New Day, A - Laya Project,Rain Buddha - Laya Project
4 Hai La Sa - Laya Project,Premjam - Laya Project
5 Tapatam - Laya Project,Poothai - Laya Project
6 Tapatam - Laya Project,Sunset In Akkarai - Laya Project
7 Farihi - Laya Project,Nium Nium - Laya Project
8 Touare - Laya Project,Karalutalu - Laya Project
9 Waterside - Laya Project,Going To Seville - Laya Project
10 Music - Laya Project
11 Laya Mantra - Laya Project
Disc 2
1 Glorious Sun [Remix] - Laya Project (remix),Glorious Sun - Laya Project
2 Muliya - Laya Project,Sunrise In Injumbakkam - Laya Project
3 New Day, A - Laya Project,Rain Buddha - Laya Project
4 Hai La Sa - Laya Project,Premjam - Laya Project
5 Tapatam - Laya Project,Poothai - Laya Project
6 Tapatam - Laya Project,Sunset In Akkarai - Laya Project
7 Farihi - Laya Project,Nium Nium - Laya Project
8 Touare - Laya Project,Karalutalu - Laya Project
9 Waterside - Laya Project,Going To Seville - Laya Project
10 Music - Laya Project
11 Laya Mantra - Laya Project
Product Attributes
Artist Laya Project
Music Format Compact Disc
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