“Blues in the Ragas”
“Raga”, in its original Sanskrit means “the act of dying or coloring”; something that colors one’s emotions or moods. This is also the essence of the Blues. These forms are primary in my evolution as a musician having grown up in Malaysia – a melting pot of cultural and diverse traditions - and then coming to live in the modern hybrid culture that is Hawaii. Over the last 14 years the Quadraphonix has developed its own hybrid forms that respect and celebrate the free flowing exchange of traditions and ideas that make up the 21st century musical environment.
Quadraphonix was formed by drummer Jonathan Heraux for free form experimentation influenced by Jazz, Hip Hop, Funk, African, Latin, Rock and South Asian music. Our music blends it all together into a unique form of world beat. You will find blues guitar riffs and ragas echoing throughout this cd making seamless transitions within this composition. Traditional lyrics from the south Indian culture of Tamil fused with African rhythms and funk are the backbone of this project. The music we deliver to you was created without boundaries. We hope you will enjoy the journey as much as we do!
released November 9, 2012
Quadraphonix with guest MCs Ninja Pleeze, also featuring Nigerian-American poet, Singer and TED fellow Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo
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