Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Amalgam is a follow-up on the highly acclaimed album "Soul Strings" released in September of 2015, in which sarod virtuosi Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan joined forces with Amercian classical violinist Elmira Darvarova to create a unique collaboration, a bridge between their respective musical traditions which were carried whole and un-compromised. Amalgam brilliantly confirms this daring, supercharged, yet profoundly respectful and even affectionate meeting of these musical minds, made all the more profound by the inclusion of Amjad Ali Khan, the father of featured sarod virtuosi Amman and Ayaan Ali Khan universally beloved and venerated elder statesman not only of the Sarod, but also for the larger world of Indian Classical Music today, and composer of the classical Indian ragas featured on this album as well as "Soul Strings." In addition, "Amalgam" features a solo work composed and performed by Grammy-nominated violinist Elmira Darvarova, powerfully informed by the folk traditions of her own Bulgarian roots. Amalgam brings new meaning and a redefinition to the description "World Music" as it crosses and joins classcial genres of the east and west with brilliant musicianship in world premiere performances.
Personnel: Ayaan Ali Khan (sarod); Elmira Darvarova (violin); Amaan Ali Khan (sarod); Amjad Ali Khan (sarod).
Recording information: RBQ Sound Studios, New Delhi, India (02/03/2016-02/04/2016).
Editor: Sumit Babbar.