From the first track, "Nyanafi," written by Diabate, the trio shows to feel at its ease, with a theme full of pathos and soulfulness. In "Birds first flight," by Lalgudi, on the contrary, it is all about the accelerated and repeated cadenzas, which make the track an enthusing crescendo, with some brilliant improvisations. "Himalayan Rain" (by Shujaat) depicts an introspective, meditative mood, while the final "Sigui Dyarra" is a perfect example of interaction between the three
Mamadou Diabate - kora
Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan - sitar
Lalgudi GJR Krishnan - violin
Gourishankar - tabla
Murali Trichy - ghatam
1. Nyanafi 16.33 (Mahamadou Diabate)
2. Birds first flight 18.01 (Lalgudi GJR Krishnan)
3. Himalayan Rain 24.19 (Shujaat Husain)
4. Sigui Dyarra 4.13 (Mahamadou Diabate)
MAMADOU DIABATE was born in Kita, Mali, one of the major centres of the Mande culture and comes from a family of griots (or jeli) the singers who trasmitted and kept alive the oral patrimony of wisdom and knowledge of the community. Still a teenager, Mamadou performed at regional ceremonies, becoming quickly a celebrity. His kinship with the great kora player Toumani Diabate allowed him to become involved in the international music business, where he is now building an already significant career.
SHUJAAT KHAN, son and pupil of the famous Ustad Vilayat Khan, deceased in 2004, revealed his special qualities when still a child (his first public performances were when he was six). From that moment his name has appeared on the programmes of every major festival of his country and after that his art began to be appreciated all around the world, and in particular in the United States.
LALGUDI GJR KRISHNAN as well belongs to a family with an ancient musical tradition (his father is the famous violinist Lalgudi G Jayaraman) and he has already proved, in the previous recordings for our label, what an inventive player he is.
The Strings Traditions are accompanied by Gourishankar on tabla and Muraly Trichy on ghatam.