Here are excerpts from the new Times Music release "New York City Swara". New York is a famous melting pot of peoples and cultures. On "New York City Swara", composer/pianist Richard X Bennett fuses raga, jazz and electronica into unified and soulful whole. The album features NYC's finest Indian Classical musicians as well some excellent jazz artists.
to purchase "New York City Swara" please go to iTunes or Amazon.
Here is are videos of Richard in action:
Here Is a NPR feature about the music:
as well as a long feature from Desi News in Canada:
Rave Reviews for "New York City Swara”
“fuses East and West with superb results. Drone pioneer La Monte Young was an admirer of John Coltrane's music, and I get that Coltrane feeling on the first tracks here... Hey, best album of the year?” Daniel Cooper Clark - Drone Music
"The music hangs together with a kind of brilliance. Surely this is one of the most successful endeavors in this realm I have heard in a long time. It has a real South Asian feel to it but then is very New York , too" Gapplegate Music Review
"if you are looking for a gem in the collection, it is "Nightfall," in raga Puriya (part 2)…the result is glorious. Bennett's mastery over the piano is evident" Radhika Pillai - examiner.com-
"often evokes the focused ferocity of Hindustani music’s classical singers." Richard Gehr - Village Voice
"This unexpectedly delightful album is pleasingly hard to pigeonhole……uniformly impressive, different, interesting and frequently transporting." Graham Reid - elsewhere.com-
"More magically he creates the sound of swans in one of the beautiful ragas in Hindustani music: “Hamsadwani”. This lends itself more easily to the western instrument on which it is played and is as exquisite as it is unusual to hear, say the flute of the Indian flute maestro, Hariprasad Chaurasia, whose version is best known throughout the world...Mr. Bennett’s enthralling sojourn continues and with it he discovered that each raga is a world unto itself. So also with “Raga Gunkali,” which is allied to the bucolic morning raga “Bhairavi,” unfolds with mystical purity through the notes of Mr. Bennett’s piano" Raul da Gama World Music Report
"the music was very imaginative and conveyed a wonderful sense of emotion, imagination, and humour" Dawood Kringle DooBeeDooBeeDoo NY