CD Design, Tina Psoinos
International Release, April 7, 2017
Transcendence, released on April 7, 2017 on the Nimbus Alliance label, brings together master Indian classical vocalist Mashkoor Ali Khan with the extraordinary tabla virtuoso Anindo Chatterjee to create some sublime music reflecting the depths of their respective centuries old musical traditions. First of a two-part release, this CD contains five very special compositions drawn from Khan’s rich and unparalleled collection of traditional ragas and bandishes. The tracks reflect a diverse set of ragas evoking a range of emotions from a short and lively taranaa in Bhupali to a deep and soulful rendition of Jhinjhoti.
“Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan… transported you into a different world of inward searching and reconciliation…” His “full-throated voice, true to the minutest shruti, was just one of the plus points of his recital. Added on were his ability of exploring undetached areas of the raga, excellent dialogue delivery and a fertile imagination.”
Mashkoor Ali Khan – Transcendence – Raga Desh Drut bandish in Jhap tal
Track from the CD Transcendence released by Nimbus Records, 2017.
Mashkoor Ali Khan, vocals, Anindo Chatterjee, tabla, Kedar Naphade, harmonium.
Recorded May 29-30 2015 at Academy of Arts & Letters, New York.
Produced, Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Adam Abeshouse.
Video recording and edits by Ira Meistrich.
Sponsored by the American Academy of Indian Classical Music
About Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan
Mashkoor Ali Khan’s music is the full manifestation of one of the oldest continuous music lineages in the world. The Kirana gharana can be traced directly to the legendary musician Gopal Nayak of the 13th century and it has been passed down through consecutive generations of Khan Sahib’s family. The name of this school of music derives from Kairana, a small town in Uttar Pradesh where Khan Sahib was born. The international esteem of this gharana is testimony to the genius of Khan Sahib’s two great-uncles, Ustad Abdul Karim Khan and Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan, who were both born in or near Kairana in 1872, and who were largely responsible for innovating and popularizing the gharana. It is in Kairana where Khan Sahib lived and received his early training from his father, Ustad Shakoor Khan, the esteemed disciple and devoted sarangi player for Wahid Khan.
Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan comes from a distinguished musical line that includes some of the foremost figures in Indian Classical music. A direct descendant of the family of the great Ustad Abdul Karim Khan and the legendary Sartaj-e-Mousiqui Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan who were luminaries of the Kirana Gharana, Maskhoor Ali Khan is the son of the great Sarangi-nawaz, Padmashree Ustad Shakoor Khan, who was the grandnephew of Ustad Bande Ali Khan Beenkar, composer of numerous bandishes under the pseudonym Sabras.