Bikram Ghosh - RhythmScape

Posted By MiOd On Saturday, July 20, 2013 Under
India-born Bikram Ghosh is a master of the tabla. In addition to performing and recording as a soloist, Ghosh has worked with such top-ranked Indian musicians as Ravi Shankar, Aki Akbar Khan, V.M. Bhatt and Tatun Bhattacharya. Ghosh has been surrounded by music throughout his life. His mother, Sanjukta Ghosh, is a classical Indian singer, while, his father, Pandit Shankar Ghosh, was one of the first Indian musicians to perform in the United States, has, and has directed an all-drum orchestra since 1976. At the age of two years old, he used his father's tablas as a childhood toy. Four years later, he formally studied the sarod under Ali Akbar Khan's son, Ustad Dhyanesh Khan. Although he later studied mrdangam under Pandit S. Shekhar, the tabla has remained his instrument of choice. Ghosh, who performed his first concert in Calcutta at the age of ten, spent most of his early years in San Rafael, California. Returning to India to attend middle school, he played congas in school bands. In the Spring of 1997, Ghosh toured the United States with Ravi Shankar. Later that year, he toured with Tatun Bhattacharya. Ghosh holds a msters degree in English Literature. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi

It's very easy to dismiss Rhythmscape: The New Sound of Melody and Rhythm as new age meandering. After all there's plenty of rain sticks and gongs, and you'll find plenty of blathering in the sleeve notes. And don't forget the faux jazz that makes up "Zinc." But if you can take the time to get beyond all the clich├ęs, there's actually some tasty musicianship on this album. Bikram Ghosh is an extremely talented tabla player, albeit one who's working very much outside the box on this release, accommodating Indian ideas, voices, and instruments (along with Western percussion and instruments) to Western mores. All too often that's a bad thing, and brings out the worst from both cultures in the name of fusion. But on pieces like "Gangotri" there's some depth to the thought and the playing. Granted, it's not going to be to everyone's taste. Those who favor Indian classical music will likely see it as heresy, and the new age crowd might find it somewhat busy. So while it falls betwixt and between, there's still plenty of good to be found -- you just have to search for it.

1. Rhythm Speaks
2. Little Krishna
3. Zinc
4. The Language Of Innocence
5. Gangotri
6. Tandav
7. Gypsy Rain

FLAC tracks (EAC Rip): 440 MB | MP3 - 320 kbs: 210 MB | Booklet Scans

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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