While a fusion, the music is firmly routed in the classical traditions along the road. The instruments on show are the sarod (Prats) and tabla (Montinari) both from India, and the rubab (López) which is an Afgan instrument similar to the sarod, but often bowed rather than plucked. Tonally the album draws on the classical Indian ragas as well as the modal musical traditions like those of Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Afghanistan.
There are clearly many coordinated melodies and rhythms, but the feel of the album has the freedom of improvisation that plays such a major part in both Indian and Middle Eastern music.
The musicians present a huge range of moods, from the peaceful revery of the title track to the rather fast and furious “Resham”, and full texture and driving rhythm of the enigmatically named “A. A. A. A. A. A. A.”.
This Album is a pleasure to listen to and I will return to it many times. The warm, generosity of spirit and impressive musical ability of the trio are a delight and have all the delicacy, lightness and beauty of the silk fabric to which they elude.
I heartily recommend this album to you when it is released
Album Release: 2 October 2020 via Worlds Within Worlds
A little background on Worlds Within Worlds, a relatively new Australian record label.
“I have a pretty deep humanitarian streak, and can think of nothing more enriching than learning from other cultures and traditions. The chance to take this a step further, and actively help promote the music of different cultural contexts, is an honour.”
Read more about Lachlan and his projects in this article from classikON in 2019