For Your Consideration for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards:
Melodic Intersect: GLOBAL VISION for BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM
Melodic Intersect’s third album brings together musicians from all backgrounds and have enabled us to build from the experiences we had from the previous albums. In this album, we chose to go with a greater mix of production and improvisation. We actively used various different sounds and instruments in the Western & Eastern traditions. Enayet Hossain is on the tabla, a Indian Classical musician and one of the core members of Melodic Intersect, Enayet has been involved in all the previous albums. His growth from an Indian classical musician to a fusion artist can be seen in the various albums of Melodic Intersect. Still a traditionalist, Enayet reaches out to his training in Indian classical music to add substance to his fusion work. Hans Utter, a world class guitarist and sitarist is responsible plays and has arranged many of the tracks on the album. Hans has a track record of playing with some of the greatest bands from the Western world and is a fantastic sitarist as well. Together, Hans & Enayet envisioned, arranged and composed many of the tracks on this album. Zohaib Hasan, Pakistan’s top Sarangi player provides beautiful compositions and a wonderful sound of the ancient instrument, the Sarangi. He has many recordings to his credit and is considered one of the top 10 Sarangi players in the world today. Mahroof Sharif, hails from Afghanistan and is one of the most recognized keyboard player in the United States today. He is a composer himself, and provides great accompaniment when needed and has the ability to solo whenever needed. Saleiman Azizi is also from Afghanistan and known as one of the top Afghan tabla players in the United States. His knowledge of classical music and popular Afghan Folk music has enabled him to seamlessly blend into the album. Humayoon Popal, also from Afghanistan provides beautiful vocal support to the album. At times, forceful and other times serene and sensitive. He has been trained in Indian classical music as well as Afghan music and provides an excellent twist to the otherwise instrumental album.
Melodic Intersect: INNER VISION for BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM
Our second Album brings together a host of world class musicians and builds on our experiences with our first album: Eastern Visions. Featuring the legendary Santoor maestro, Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya who has played in nearly every country in the world and is considered amongst the top 2 santoor players in the world. Tarun’s immense stature as a renowned classical artist as well as an artist who has crossed boundaries and played with such Western luminaries such as Pandit Ravi Shankar and George Harrison of the Beatles brings a tremendous amount of musical direction to the group. He is joined by Hidayat Khan,sitarist and the son of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. Hidayat’s training in classical music and his background working in Bollywood and Hollywood film scoring enables him to easily fuse the different genres of music easily. Greg Hatza is on the keyboards and is considered one of the eminent Jazz musicians today. Greg’s background in Jazz and his training in Indian classical music for over 20 years makes him a great fusion artist. His mastery is apparent in the various tracks. On the tabla is Enayet Hossain, a well established and known tabla player. Enayet’s background as an Indian tabla player who has accompanied all the great Indian classical musicians such as Ustad Vilayat Khan & Ustad Sultan Khan as well as haven played in the first album Eastern Visions makes him an asset to the recording. Hans Utter, a trained guitarist and classical Indian Sitar player brings forth his wealth of knowledge in all kinds of genres. He has done session work for many of the top Western Rock bands and world music bands across the globe. Lastly, Avirodh Sharma from Trinidad is a new talent on the rise. Equally versatile in Tabla and Percussion, Avirodh brings forth a wealth of knowledge and sensibility from Indian traditions and the Caribbean musical tradition.