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Songs for the Golden Age

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Includes new songs written for the album plus songs that Ravi has been performing in recent years such as Waves of Love (So Much Magnificence) , We Are (for each child thats born) and Deep Into the Night (letting go) . Special guests on the album include, Deva Premal & Miten plus Manose,(basuri) , Sudha,(voice)  Jahnavi (voice and violin) Spencer Cozens (piano and keyboards) , Tarun Bhattacharya (santoor) and many other wonderful musicians. Songs for the Golden Age has taken many years to complete, features songs that have been written by Ravi, who produced the album which was mixed by Phil Nicholas.

Read the latest review by Paul Terrell on this album here: http://www.oshonews.com/2014/09/ravi-songs-for-the-golden-age/

 

Forest of Bliss – Ravi

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the recording possesses a similar magic to that present on Ry Cooder’s ‘ethnic’ collaborations. There’s an air of spontaneity throughout and, unlike some ‘classical’ Indian music, the compositions don’t seem to go on forever. The kora playing is suggestive of a Celtic influence, and at times – when the flute and kora gel – some of this could be mistaken for a Gaelic slow air. A rich, regal sound, ‘Forest of Bliss’ is a listening delight.
ROCK ‘N’ REEL
India’s Ronu Majumdar (flute), Tarun Bhattacharya (santoor) and Ravi (kora) on an equally atmospheric, gentle and spellbinding blend.
fROOTS MAGAZINE

 

Suvarna

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Three Indo-chill out CDs featuring Suvarna’s Indian influenced voice and violin with Ravi’s production and electric kora. (As featured on Claude Challe’s Bhudda Bar)

Indian raga music can be compared to American Rhythm & Blues. There is classic R&B, and every imaginable hybrid reinterpreted around the world but you still know it when you hear it. Ragas have long been embraced by peace-niks and counter-culture folks including a jump in popularity from the Beatle’s interactions with sitarist Ravi Shankar. Suvarna’s raga-based vocals sweep and soar organically over a base of instruments including the violin, kora, tabla, keyboards, synthesizer, guitars, mandolin, flute, oud, saz and a variety of percussion instruments. The dramatic ragas are reinterpreted for western ears yet still bless the origins and even add a new dimension with the electronica treatment adding rather than distracting from the full depth of the music. You can feel waves of comfort as a foreign storyboard is presented and lulls you to relaxed compliance. Useful for meditation and chilling on all levels — Suvarna is a chill princess! 

Spirals – The Overtone Choir

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The Overtone Choir merges overtone singing with instruments not normally associated with this form of singing; such as gongs, bells, singing bowls, tambura, and an aeolian (wind) harp, made by Ravi. The entirely natural sounds (sometimes hard to believe) provide a delightfully spacey, hypnotically surreal pillow of sound

THE INSIGHT MAGAZINE

Kora Chronicles

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RAVI combines his instrumental talents with those of various eastern and western musicians. Also featured on this CD are some of Denmark’s leading jazz musicians, such as legendary guitarist, Pierre Dorge. Ravi himself also plays guitar, mandolin, bass, keyboards, a variety of percussive instruments, and handles lead vocals, too. It’s certainly an attractive sound – reminiscent of Osibisa and Santana at times, with everything underpinned by Ravi’s melodically colourful (hence the title, presumably) kora work. Some pieces even reveal a Celtic flavour or two, as on ‘Oh Yes’.
ROCK ‘N’ REEL
‘Ravi comes from a refreshingly different world music angle’   Q MAGAZINE

KORUS

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KORUS features Ravi’s voice, songs and kora, with instrumental backing from Bikram Ghosh (Ravi Shankar’s tabla player), Brendan Power (harmonica)and other leading players of shenhie, santoor, ghatam. Co-production is from the legendary John Leckie.      Nigel Williamson in The Times
“It’s a kind of World music, yet quite distinctive in style; light evocative and interesting.Speedyish percussion often underlies quite soft and dreamy vocals and delightfully rippling kora. Sensitive, atmospheric and a quite exotic quality. Excelent world music with a vibe”  THE INSIGHT MAGAZINE
‘After four years of experimenting, Ravi presents his definitive sound. While its true most kora players are bewitched by the spirits, Ravi holds the spirits high’  FOLK WORLD

The African Kora

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Cascading and soothing, almost hypnotic sounds of the kora, solo, and also accompanied by other African instruments (djembe, balafon, bells…).

“… should be of great interest to those of you with a liking for new timbres. Highly recommended.”  Classical Guitar Magazine 

Kora So Far

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For those of you who miss Oregon, along comes Ravi. Ravi plays kora, hammer dulcimer and a host of other instruments & has a stable of fine musicians backing him up. The music has a graceful flow.   DIRTY LINEN MAGAZINE
Kora So Far by virtuoso RAVI,  is a melodic and atmospheric mix of some of his best music. THE TIMES
Ravi, produces world music. But in this case there realy is no better way to describe it. his main instrument is the kora but he also plays keyboards, hammered dulcimer and much besides. He also has guests to provide tablas and a host of instruments from around the world rarely heard in the mainstream. The music itself is truly eclectic; Unity has a distinct Indian flavour while others go in opposite directions stretching across the globe. But rather than dwelling on each tune and its influences this is simply a collection of varied and brilliant tunes. Despite the diversity, the production and arrangements give the album coherance and a certain commercial sheen which would sit very nicely in Peter Gabriel’s Realworld stable. The tunes are often upbeat and uplifting but have subtleties to keep the music fresh after many listens. “Splendid.”  fRoots MAGAZINE

The Afro-Indian Project

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UK Kora player Ravi, plus Danny Thompson and Hossam Ramzy playing with Indian classical musicians. Very slickly produced by John Leckie and with some outstanding playing, this is an accessible and entertaining instrumental fusion recording.    fRoots Magazine 

Kora player Ravi produces an easily appreciated sound from the mixture of instruments. He plays here together with, amongst others, leading Santoor player Tarun Bhattacharya against a background of double bass and tablas from both India and Egypt. You can clearly hear that the African Kora blends beautifully with the traditional Indian instruments and the results are melodic and harmonious.  DJEMBE MAGAZINE
Ravi has pulled off a seriously good world-music album. Well recorded and arranged, the precise yet atmospheric kora playing sits delightfully in a rich Indian background, making one the most interesting world music projects of recent times.  THE INSIGHT MAGAZINE

 

The Afro-Brazilian Project

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This is approximately ninety percent highly listenable. A seamless interweaving of the African texture of the lead instrument within a dynamic Brazilian milieu. It’s true that there are several quiet, contemplative moments, particularly in the four-part suite “Amazon Journey”, but most of the rest involves complex rhythms that range from gently lilting to furiously driving. Whatever their position along that continuum, the percussion arrangements remain compelling. Entertaining stuff!   BOOTBOX 
With Brazilian influenced club music currently en vogue its nice to catch up with someone specialising in more Amazonian sounds. This collection is the result of multi-instumentalist Ravi’s time in Rio de Janeiro recording with local musicians.
His dedication to authenticity is apparent in both the honest reflective music and the fascinating travelogue contained in the sleeve notes. Its slightly melancholy edge marks it out as a welcome change from the usual full on drums fests masquerading as Brazilian music   WAVE MAGAZINE

Neuneneu-Humanity

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“The best kora-meets-Brazilian collaboration you’ll ever hear.

This must be the only fusion of Brazilian indigenous and West African kora music ever to have been reviewed in Songlines. Those who have explored the far corners of the Brazilian catalogue, out beyond Egberto Gismonti and Nana Vasconcelos, may have come across Marlui Miranda.

For the past few decades – in between playing with Gilberto Gil and Rodolfer Streter – she has been wandering through central Brazil and the Amazon like a latter-day latin Vaughan Williams.
Collecting indigenous songs, arranging them and recording them, often with tribal people themselves. Her “Ihu – Todos os sons” is a masterpiece. And were it not for her work, few would realise that Brazil’s musicality is as much an indigenous trait as it is imported from Portugal and Africa.
Here Miranda teams up with Welsh-based kora (harp-lute) player Ravi, a walking testament to the success of multiculturalism, to produce a series of haunting, trance-inducing tapestries of repeated harmony and delicate melody which is as lulling as a warm tropical sea and as rich and satisfying as the best from the ECM catalogue. Extraordinary.” SONGLINES MAGAZINE