With liner notes and original artwork by 'Esk' Evan Wilson. This run of CDs was printed by Gaiaka Media Works in Mumbai, India in 2017.
This album is dedicated to tabla maestro Pt. Subhash Nirwan, whose magical appearance in my life opened the doors to Indian music by providing me with my teacher, Dr. Ranjan Kumar, and some of my closest musical companions.
Here, the Indian slide guitar is presented in many different settings; from traditional, to fusion and beyond. In no other recording will you hear the slide guitar playing a duet with the handpan, used as the carrier with a vocoder or in a fusion of Carnatic South Indian music and middle eastern drumming. It is a labor of love, recorded in India and in the US with world class musicians from around the globe.
Please accept my musical offering, play it far and wide, may it bring you peace, joy, strength and inspiration in all that you do. credits released February 15, 2017
Tracks 1, 3, and 6 were recorded and mixed by Matt Hall at Guilford Sound in Guilford, Vermont USA.
Track 2 was recorded at the Red Velvet Recording Room by Varun Gupta in Gurgaon, India. It was mixed by Matt Hall at Guilford Sound.
Track 4 was recorded live at Gratitude Heritage Home by Kees van Boxtel in Pondicherry, India. Kees mixed the track at Bless U Studio in Haarlem, Netherlands.
Track 5 was recorded and mixed at Root Cellar Sound by Joel 'Veena' Eisenkramer in Brattleboro, Vermont USA.
The album was mastered by Tom Hutten at Bionic Mastering in Chester, Vermont USA
The album art is by ESK Evan Wilson, Instagram: @evaneskwilson
Special thanks to all who helped to make this album possible, including... Marcia Hylan, Peter Eisenkramer, Dan DeWalt, Vidhi Salla, Suraj Nirwan, Puraskar Nirwan, Matt Hall, Jed Blume, Kees van Boxtel, Gordon Korstange, Jeanne Korstange, Dylan & Megan Richardson, Matt DiLuzio, David Snyder, Todd Roach, Virginia Soukoup, Ranjan Kumar, Tom Hutten, Paul Eisenkramer, and Bhaba Sindhu Biswas and his team for making the instrument I play on this recording.
Beautiful full-color digipak designed by my brother-in-law Sumeru Salla. This version of 'Milap' includes a special bonus track from the same year, 'Dhun in Mishra Bhairavi' recorded live at Stone Church Arts in Vermont. This print is the first time any of the music is being released on CD.
We printed these ourselves in preparation for our 2019 Europe tour with art design by Sumeru Salla. We only made 100 and almost all them sold during our concerts, with these few exceptions. The CD is the only version of the album that features Kees van Boxtel's 'Dance of the Swans' with tabla by Pt. Parthasarathi Mukherjee. Thin jewel case, no back label, very limited supply.
Full concert videos
Purchase access to the full HD concert recording of our June 12, 2021 live-streaming concert for Halcyon Arts. This was a very special concert, the first time that I was performing with a tabla player after the pandemic, about a year and a half. It was also a reunion with my friend Mir, our faces and the music are full of smiles.
The full concert is about an hour and a half and is a guided concert of north Indian classical music: in addition to performing, we explain and demonstrate some aspects of this wonderful music to enlighten the listeners.
Set list includes…
Raga Bhimpalasi, compositions by Pt. Alok Lahiri in jhaptaal (10 beats) and teental (16 beats)
Jai Love, dhun in Raga Desh
Tabla solo and tarana in raga Bhairavi
"North Indian classical music uses the unique musical form of the 'raga' or 'raag' to stir the emotions of the audience and performers, moving them towards a state of focused joy and harmony. Joel and Mir, both seasoned performers in the art form, present a concert of North Indian music with explanation and demonstration to guide listeners in an understanding and appreciation of the form and substance of the music." - from hartsne.org
Full length HD concert video of our jugalbandi program from February 12, 2023 at India Habitat Centre in Delhi. You will receive a pdf file with instructions on how to access the video streaming. A HD download is also included by request.
00:00 Joel's introduction 01:42 Yaman alaap 13:45 Yaman jhaptaal 23:20 Yaman teental 33:30 Yaman sawaal-jaavab 36:45 Kirwani alaap 40:05 Kirwani teental 49:31 Jai Love
This is the full video of our jugalbandi program at India Habitat Centre in Delhi, India on February 12 2023. My first self-produced concert in the great city of Delhi, my place of arrival in India that first trip ever...2007. Featuring..
Joel 'Veena' Eisenkramer - Indian slide guitar Amit Singhal - bansuri Gaurav Mahto - tabla
The compositions in Yaman and Kirwani I learned from Pt. Alok Lahiri. 'Jai Love' is my original composition and appears on the albums 'Chintan' and 'Milap' in two different versions.
Video and photos by Manoj Dhana Mehra Video edited by Joel Eisenkramer Sound recording by Joel Eisenkramer - H1 Zoom recorder (too close to the monitors, my apologies), mixed by Joel at Root Cellar Sound, Vermont USA