jueves, 6 de febrero de 2014

MIDIval PunditZ - MIDIval PunditZ (2002) [India]

MIDIval Punditz es un grupo musical de fusión de la India, formada por dos músicos en Delhi,como Gaurav Raina y Tapan Raj. Sus canciones normalmente cuentan con instrumentos tradicionales de la India, como el dhol, tumbi, sarod, santoor, dholak, tanpura, tabla, surbahar, swarmandal, sarangi, sitar y bansuri. También cuentan con otros instrumentos más modernos, como el sintetizador y la caja de ritmos. Han trabajado con reconocidos artistas como Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Anoushka Shankar, Kailash Kher, Karsh Kale, Ustad Sultan Khan, Tabla Beat Science, Vishal Vaid y Angaraag Mahanta, un popular cantante del grupo Assam.

The past decade has seen the rise of the Indian electronica scene within India and no single band has had more influence on its growth than the Midival Punditz.  The Delhi based duo Gaurav Raina and Tapan Raj have been sighted as pioneers of a scene that has ushered in some of the freshest global music out of India. As India’s influence on the world through music, film and fashion proves to be ever growing, the Punditz have kept their hands on the wheel and have helped steer this ship into a new century of sound and culture.

Over the span of their career the duo have released three formidable albums, always breaking new ground with each one. In 2002 they released their first album Midival Punditz with Six Degrees Records in the US, becoming the first Indian electronica artists to release on an international label. This debut launched them into the global electronica stratosphere and was widely critically acclaimed in India and around the world. The follow up album Midival Times released in 2005 further cemented their position as Indi-electro pioneers. The Punditz have moved from strength to strength and 2009 saw the release of Hello Hello. The album encompasses all the varied worlds in which they exist and ties them together through a sound that brings International Electronica, Global Pop, Indian Classical and Folk with modern day song writing. The result is a sound like no other, one that is uniquely Midival Punditz, even earning them a spot on Amazon’s top picks for 2009.

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