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Abhay Nayampally’s Debut Album is a Winner

The Mumbai-based mostly completely mostly composer-guitarist’s self-titled Carnatic jazz fusion record has been produced by Sandeep Chowta





Composer and guitarist Abhay Nayampally. Squawk: Courtesy of the artist

Composer and music director Sandeep Chowta is nicely-identified no longer only for his severely acclaimed music nonetheless also for scouting for some of essentially the most promising skills in the nation. He gave Sunidhi Chauhan her first mighty hit, and Arijit Singh his first movie music, launched the Viva ladies, and helped push the careers of the likes of the Kakkar siblings and Anushka Manchanda

Chowta’s most modern procure is Abhay Nayampally, a Mumbai-based mostly completely mostly composer and a pupil of the unhurried mandolin maestro U. Srinivas. His speciality is playing Carnatic music on electric guitar. His self-titled Carnatic-jazz fusion debut album, released this present day on Chowta’s impress Namma Music. “Abhay Nayampally is an accomplished musician,” says Chowta, “I dispute that on story of he manner every demonstrate he performs, and there might well be an emotion in his transport. I am very lucky to be share of his debut album. I am obvious his guru, the unhurried vidwan U. Srinivas, ought to be smiling, appealing his legacy is being carried forward by a noteworthy pupil. ‘

Abhay’s earliest memories return to when he modified into very puny and fell in appreciate with John Mclaughlin‘s guitar strumming on Zakir Hussain‘s album Making Music, released in 1987. “I would throw tantrums on the table for meals or refuse to transfer to my nursery college if the album modified into no longer performed,” he says. Fortunately, his folks acquiesced. They had been, in spite of all the things, professional musicians themselves.

His mom modified into initiated into Carnatic music nonetheless went on to be taught Hindustani classical. His father modified into a composer as nicely. Their have an effect on led him to strive something new in the salvage of playing Carnatic music on the electric guitar. Early encouragement also got here from his trainer. U Srinivas modified into the man who launched the electric mandolin to Carnatic music and so modified into continuously originate to experimentation. Beneath his tutelage, Abhay modified into in a predicament to navigate and adapt the Carnatic’s advanced kinds to the six-stringed electric guitar.

Abhay has been performing publicly for the final fifteen years, and Sandeep Chowta had been following Abhay’s guitar exploits and invited him to play on a music on his 2019 album Yeto Valli Diaries. Abhay did a gigantic job of deciphering the Telgu hit music, “Yeto Vellipoyindi Manasu,” in Carnatic type. He held his floor on an album that contains stalwarts like Brazilian jazz guitarist Ricardo Silveira.

Abhay Nayampally artwork
‘Abhay Nayampally’ album artwork

After his work on Yeto Velli Diaries, Abhay requested Sandeep to co-make his debut album. Abhay says he has been partial to Sandeep for the reason that day he first got here across the composer’s music in Satya, and it’s a dream attain accurate form to be working in conjunction with his idol. “You salvage spoilt working with him on story of it’s this type of just accurate-searching trip. It is a palatable collaborative and mutually respectful ambiance the set up you might well maybe well completely be yourself as a musician.”

The album, which climbed to the No. 1 disclose on iTunes India chart with its debut this present day, contains five tracks and one reprise. The checklist of backing musicians is an spectacular roster of mighty world names. The album starts with a Hamsadhvani rendition by Abhay. The principal notes of the raga straight away set the mood for a just accurate-searching hurry into a world of Carnatic-jazz fusion.

The 2 variations of the foot-tapping and melodic “Celebration” stand out for their Bossa Nova like preparations. Sandeep says he regarded as the music 30 years lend a hand, and it just stayed in his mind. These backing Abhay on these tracks embody South African bassist Bakithi Kumalo who performed with the likes of Joan Baez, Herbie Hancock, Grover Washington Jr, and Paul Simon on Graceland, Dominican pianist Hector Morena Guerrero, American drummer King Robinson Jr, English bassist Seb Read and Cuban Diego Hedez on the trumpet.   

“Ballad of Krishna” is a music in accordance to the ancient Indian melody “Krishna Nee Begane Baro” set in raga Yamuna Kalyani, sensitively organized by Sandeep with American jazz musician Thommy Knoles offering a just accurate-searching backdrop on the keys. There might well be a haunting upbeat quality to this Carnatic reinterpretation of the 500-yr primitive composition, which modified into in type in the unhurried 1990s as the mighty-hit pop model by Colonial Cousins.

The diverse two songs, “Hues” and “Ex Animo,” underline the strength and self belief of Abhay’s musical ability and U. Srinivas’s have an effect on on his composition. “Hues,” which aspects Seb Read on bass, is made up our minds in raga Abheri. “Ex Animo” is a Carnatic conventional aalap in Madhyamavati, any other ancient Carnatic raga. Folks which would possibly maybe well well be more conversant with Hindustani Classical will identify it as the same to Bhimpalasi. “Right here is music that is shut to my heart,” says Abhay, “The root in the lend a hand of selecting this raga modified into that it’s regarded as very auspicious in Carnatic music and would be fitting to occupy on a debut album and likewise to showcase the conventional a part of my playing type.”

Steream the album under. Hear on more platforms here.

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