Legendary Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, his sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash have collaborated with a number of Grammy-winning classical guitarist Sharon Isbin for an album titled Strings for Peace. The album is slated for launch Could 22 on the ZOHO label (ZM 202004), CDs and digital copies will be pre-ordered now from Amazon and different retailers.
Strings for Peace is an amalgamation of classics. One will get to witness the magical mixture of sarod and classical guitar in an eclectic east-west fusion. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Sharon, who’ve recognized one another for over a decade, have contemplated a collaboration for years which has now come to fruition by way of Strings for Peace. The album’s 4 tracks cowl a variety of expression, lyricism, colour and virtuosity. The ragas composed by Amjad Ali Khan obtain their world premiere in settings for guitar and sarod: By The Moon-Behag, Love Avalanche-Mishra Bhairav, Romancing Earth-Pilu, and Sacred Night-Yaman.
On the profitable completion of Strings for Peace and the discharge of the album, Amjad Ali Khan stated ”Every of the artists brings the spirit of sharing the good distinctive treasures of their very own inventive traditions, in addition to discovering widespread floor in ragas and medieval modes. The thought is to realize a cross-fertilization at each the mobile and cosmic ranges of two classical music traditions, which are sometimes held to be radically completely different.”
Talking in regards to the collaboration, Amaan Ali Bangash stated, “We really feel honoured to collaborate with Sharon who’s so inventive, inventive and enthusiastic. We’re positive when one hears the album, the intricacy of each beat and rhythm will be felt and one might be transported to a distinct consciousness. I’ve at all times felt that this collaboration is about letting go of what we’re greatest at and extra about getting the perfect out of the opposite particular person.”
Ayaan Ali Bangash added “Strings for Peace, I consider is extraordinarily related. Particularly within the wake of a pandemic. We’ve got recognized Sharon for a decade, and started to essentially work collectively solely final yr. It’s troublesome to create fusion as it’s a marriage of various cultures and it takes quite a lot of time for the right concord. Once we began out, little did we all know that this creation will come to fruition at a time when humanity might want to take into account meditation and contemplation greater than ever.”
Sharon has had a longstanding relationship with Transcendental Meditation, which she has practiced since her teenagers and a deep curiosity within the classical music of India. Her collaboration with Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan and Amaan- Ayaan is an ideal concord of curiosity and experience which makes the quartet stand out with transcended notes. The mixture of Sarod and classical guitar isn’t commonplace, but the musical marvels have effortlessly and successfully blended a chromatic instrument, Guitar to the microtonal gildings of Sarod. Each the devices not solely complement one another however try to create a brand new articulation of fusion.
Sharon Isbin stated, “It took a very long time to get the precise companions to appreciate this distinctive imaginative and prescient on the guitar. Our devices have so many attention-grabbing similarities and variations. Combining the sarod and guitar ends in a unprecedented mix. It is a pleasure and inspiration to carry out with the best, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash. Strings for Peace is a wonderful compilation of music that efficiently interweaves the rhythms of sarod and guitar. Listeners will expertise a exceptional religious and emotional journey.”
The recording might be launched Could 22, CDs and digital copies be pre-ordered now from Amazon and different retailers.