Simon Thacker's Svara Kanti: Rakshasa


debut CD available to buy here 

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Buy  a  copy  of  Rakshasa  and get the Nava Rasa Ensemble's  acclaimed  Nada-Ananda CD for half price!






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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."


The Guardian

" exuberant virtuoso display of rhythmic complexity. Nada Ananda means joy of sound, an idea Korde captured in his music."



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 them by 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.a



Simon Thacker and 

the Nava Rasa Ensemble: