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purna loka ensemble

Indian classical violinist and mathematician Purnaprajna Bangere has created a new musical syntax based on a geometric framework that integrates Indian classical music and Western music, encompassing elements from classical, blues and jazz. The result opens new frontiers with exciting new sounds and structures that transcend known genres of music. Most of his current compositional work is with Grammy Award winning violinist and director of Turtle Island String Quartet, David Balakrishnan. Joining Purna and David to complete the ensemble are bass virtuoso Jeff Harshbarger from Kansas City and the talented Amit Kavthekar from Boston on Tabla. Their album "Metaraga" has been released under the prestigious label "Origin Records" on January 17, 2020.

The CD and digital downloads are available for purchase clicking the "buy" icon on the player on this page. Enjoy an exclusive preview of three tracks here: "Syzygy," "Aboghi Varnam," and "Triality: Movement II".

TRACK LISTING:

1. Syzygy 8:45
2. Abhogi Varnam 7:56
Triality
3. Movement I 6:28
4. Movement II 4:12
5. Movement III 5:13
6. Alabama 8:13
7. Vatapi Ganapatim 17:33
8. Fibration 7:26

COMPOSITIONS BY:
(1,3,4,5) Purnaprajna Bangere/David Balakrishnan
(Purna Loka Music/Balapadam Music, BMI)
(2) Patnam Subramania Iyer (trad.);
(6) John Coltrane (JowcolMusic, BMI);
(7) Muthuswami Dikshitar (trad.);
(8) Purnaprajna Bangere (Purna Loka Music, BMI)

PERFORMERS:

Purnaprajna Bangere - Violin I (& solo violin)
David Balakrishnan - Violin II
Jeff Harshbarger - Bass
Amit Kavthekar - Tabla
with special guest: Robert Walzel Clarinet (6)

PRODUCTION INFO:

Produced by David Balakrishnan and Purnaprajna Bangere
Recorded: October 23-25, 2018 & April 10, 2019
at Swarthout Recital Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Engineered by Brock J. Babcock, Lawrence, KS
Mastered by Paul duGre, Los Angeles, CA
Ensemble Photography: Oliver Hall
Front cover graphic design: Jessica Irving
Cover layout by John Bishop

ALBUM REVIEWS

 

"Curved phrases from Indian ragas melt into languorous blues microtones. The strains of music born on the American South's slave plantations mutate into the more angular notes and layered melodies of the Western classical genre...creating a shifting and arresting aural landscape that feels at once both achingly familiar and dazzlingly novel..."  READ MORE

 

-SUMANA RAMANAN, FIRSTPOST (INDIA)

"Loka's cover shot makes it look like he's hanging out with Jerry Garcia and Johnny Cash, and in some weird way, this set of improvs based on classical Indian music sounds like he's made it so you hear hippie grooves smacking into hillbilly/Celtic riffs. Not at all what you'd expect if someone told you to check out this Indian music/world set, interesting nu moves are stretching into all corners of the world making exciting new fusions that have yet to be named. A real gasser sure to tickle open eared fancies, this is must listening to those whose tastes color outside the lines. Well done."

-CHRIS SPECTOR, MIDWEST RECORD