Midival Times CD (2005)

Artist: Midival Punditz

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Label Bayside Distribution
SKU 63971248
UPC 657036110922
UPC 14 00657036110922
Format CD
Release Date 4/19/2005
Author Midival Punditz
Technical Info
Engineer Gaurav Raina
Producer Gaurav Raina; Tapan Raj
CatalogID 6570361109
Lable Name Six Degrees
Released 08/29/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 64m : 42s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00657036110922
Musical Guests
Anoushka Shankar
Ustad Sultan Khan
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Kailash Kher, Mohinder Pal, Sultan Khan, Richa Sharma (vocals); Ajay Naidu (spoken vocals); Anoushka Shankar (sitar); Salim Merchant (strings); Ajay Prasanna (flute).
Additional personnel: Anoushka Shankar, Sultan Khan.
Audio Mixers: Gaurav Raina; Tapan Raj.
Recording information: BPM Studios Delhi.
The mingling of ancient music with contemporary technology has meant the rise of new stylistic hybrids. Such is the case with Midival Punditz, a group co-lead by programmers Gaurav Raina and Tapan Raj. Together Raina and Raj bring a colorful, digital-age approach to Indian music by blending together traditional melodies and classical forms with loops and other computerized effects.
One might think that such genre-blending would result in musical mayhem. However, on MIDIVAL TIMES, powerful guest performances by Ustad Sultan Khan (sarangi master) and Anoushka Shankar (sitar virtuoso and the daughter of Ravi Shankar) prove that musical integrity and innovation can sit side by side on the bandstand. Highlights include "Piya," a mystical raga, which features a delicate female vocal and foreboding computer textures. Another track, "Saathi" sees Khan's sarangi soliloquizing freely over funky electronic grooves. In contrast, Shankar's sitar playing on "Rebirth" is subtle, restrained, and hypnotic. Overall, MIDIVAL TIMES should appeal to both progressive world-music fans and purists.
Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (p.90) - "The use of acoustic instrumentalists adds an organic feel to the collaborative effort....MIDIVAL TIMES is a gentle, intelligent pollination of Western and Indian-subcontinent electronics. A very pleasant excursion."
Disc 1
1 Morning
2 Saathi
3 Raanjhan
4 136
5 Rebirth
6 Khayaal
7 Piya
8 Kesariya
9 Ali
10 Enemy
11 Hond On (Thaarey Rahiyo)
Product Attributes
Artist Midival Punditz
Music Format Compact Disc

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