Buy a copy of Rakshasa and get the Nava Rasa Ensemble's acclaimed Nada-AnandaCD for half price!
Nada-Ananda explores the meeting of Indian and Western cultures with an outstanding nine piece intercultural ensemble.
It features the world premiere recordings of Nada-Ananda by Shirish Korde, a virtuoso three movement guitar concerto culminating in extended cadenzas for the guitar, Indian violin and tabla and an explosive climax for the whole ensemble, and UK composer Nigel Osborne’s beautifully colouristic The Birth of Naciketas. These two perfectly contrasting works have been acclaimed in live performances across the UK.
The CD (also available as a download on CD baby, Amazon, itunes, etc) comes with comprehensive 16 page liner notes.
Classical Music Sentinel
"The musicianship on this recording is quite remarkable. Guitarist Simon Thacker transcends the instrument and persuades it to produce music loaded with subtle nuances and character... A veritable melting pot of styles and influences that have truly merged into one."
"...an exuberant virtuoso display of rhythmic complexity. Nada Ananda means joy of sound, an idea Korde captured in his music."
Supported by Creative Scotland/National Lottery, Gem Arts and the Hope Scott Trust.
The debut album Rakshasa, acclaimed across the world for setting a new benchmark in Indian/western music with world premieres of 73 minutes of stunning, accessible new music written for themby some of the world's greatest music creators (including legendary US pioneer Terry Riley), Indian folk styles reimagined and a backwards guitar recording tour de force, taking the technique pioneered by the Beatles and Hendrix to its culmination with a dark new raga.
The CD features a 16 page booklet with extensive liner notes and a beautiful digipak design. Supported by Creative Scotland/National Lottery, Gem Arts and the Hope Scott Trust.a
The debut album by guitarist and composer Simon Thacker in duo with the acclaimed Polish cellist Justyna Jablonska creates a new instrumental alchemy to connect with the creative spirit of some of the world’s richest musical traditions.
Karmana is the first album to consist entirely of the work of one of Scotland’s most prescient and original musical voices. Its centrepiece is the epic six movement Karmana suite for guitar and cello: Sanskrit for "performing anything by means of magic" and inspired by the belief in music as a medium of transcendence, Indian, Spanish and Balkan influences are extended in flights of transcendent virtuosity and spiritual intensity.
The monumental 13 minute Ruaigidh Dorchadas/The Highland Widow’s Lament heralds a new frontier for Scottish music.
One of the Scots song tradition’s most poignant melodies set in context with an instrumental narrative of up to 25 simultaneous guitars and 7 cellos, in a spiritual journey through eighty years of tumultuous Scottish history, from the Act of Union to the Highland Clearances. Beautifully sung by the incomparable Karine Polwart, it features huge textures and sonic detail, extending the backwards recording technique pioneered by Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, which Simon first memorably explored on his 2013 opus Rakshasa.
Karmana also features Simon’s reimaginings of one of the most beautiful Gaelic laments, An t-Iarla Diùrach, a Polish folk whirling dance cello feature, a unique take on the Romanian Roma song tradition featuring one of the Romany world’s finest exponents, singer/violinist Masha Natanson (who this year joined Justyna and Simon for an acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run). The album closes with an explosive trio with Delhi born tabla master Sarvar Sabri. Supported by Creative Scotland.
Available exclusively here. Digital/general release in January