Simon Thacker's Svara-Kanti: Trikala REVIEWS
"One wonders whether in a past life Simon Thacker was a Bengali itinerant Baul mystic musician or perhaps a South Indian master of mridangam. Such is his grasp of the techniques and spirit of India’s disparate musical styles...a major statement in the co-evolution of Indian and Western music."
Songlines Magazine (UK)
"A clear spiritual kinship with the great post-Coltrane quest for transcendence...Thacker’s brilliant ensemble have found their metier."
"Stellar classical guitar picking and percussion work with delightfully cascading rhythms"
"...you don't just listen once or twice, pick a highlight and slap a genre-style label on it, especially not one of this magnitude..."
"What is crucial to Trikala's success is that Thacker has stretched himself... The second CD is deeply rooted in the Baul soil and Baul philosophy...Helay Helay Din Boye Jay is remarkable...He's flying"
"Thacker's acute ear lends his transcriptions and recreations real authenticity. Original pieces like “The Fire of Intention” are superb...A real achievement, and one of those rare double albums without a dud track."
The Arts Desk (UK)
"Thacker reveals the full extent of both his compositional abilities and his virtuosity."
World Music Report (Canada)
"a remarkable study into an array of musical traditions and the fruits their cross-pollination can yield"
The List (UK)
"an all-inclusive recipe of brilliant interplay"
Touching Extremes (Italy)
"a matter of smooth symbiotic genius"
Liverpool Sound and Vision
"isn't diluted to get a desired but superficial effect, instead it distills down to deeper essences and ancient traditions."
Elsewhere (New Zealand)
"With Trikala, Simon Thacker has transcended Western concepts of melody and rhythm and the influences of the music of the Indian subcontinent...to produce music that travels across continents, cultural and musical differences"
"as you listen more, you begin to realise what a multi-crossing of cultural paths this work truly is."
Southside Advertiser (UK)
"traditional music is refracted through the present to create something new... very much a disc for those with questing minds"
Planet Hugill (UK)
"ambitious and assured...the 2 hours 18 minutes duration reflects Thacker's immersion in Indian classical, folk and spiritual traditions."
Rhythms Magazine (Australia)
"Simon Thacker brings together a broad spectrum of musicians from Indian, Bangladeshi and Western backgrounds that's kaleidoscopic...reveals the depth of the guitarist's explorations of these diverse cultures."
"Scottish guitarist Simon Thacker has been a favorite of mine since I first heard his unique fusion of classical guitar and Indian music elements about four years ago. His most recent recording is the stunning and original double-CD Trikala"
Classical Guitar Magazine (USA)
Simon Thacker's Svara-Kanti: Trikala FEATURES:
Bongodorshon (India, in Bengali)
The Hindu (India)
Urban Asian (USA)
Urban Asian 2 (USA)
Urban Asian 3 (USA)
Music News Scotland (UK)
Bongodorshon (India, in Bengali)
Daily Star (Bangladesh, in English)
Sangbad Pratidin (India, in Bengali)
bdnews24 (Bangladesh, in Bengali)
Ei Samay (India, in Bengali)
Prothom Alo (Bangladesh, in Bengali)
Born of Web (India)
Raga to Rock (|ndia)
Radio and Music (India)
Radio and Music 2 (India)