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Congratz Masala Records (-°-)

Posted in Music, Travels with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 16/05/2014 by terraMasala

Just got the news that a mate of mine started his own label. Check out the vid below and the link to the site.





Posted in Drums&Percussion, Music with tags , , , , on 30/04/2014 by terraMasala

One of the most amazing drummers I’ve ever heard…


Some weekend in Bombay…

Posted in Music, Travels, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 25/04/2014 by terraMasala

For some reason I’ve had the chance or luck (or karma) to meet several of my musical influences. Mainly those who had a profound role in the -Asian Underground/Massive- music movement. Short meetings nevertheless, but they were all very spontaneous and a nice memory.

It was end nineties when a mate (through another mate) gave me a copy (on TAPE) of Karsh Kale’s “Classical Science Fiction from India”. It was this piece of music and Talvin Singh’s Grammy winning  “O.K.” that started to influence me heavily and changed the way I wanted to play music. Along with the almighty Zakir Hussain they became my major inspiration to fondle and fiddle away on that magical instrument called “Tabla”. Of course since 95% of my “tutoring” is DIY, I ain’t too fab on it. Nevertheless, it was never my intention to play  Indian Classical music but rather to use it (tabla) in semi-electronic sets and more as a “groove-instrument” rather than becoming a virtuoso on it.

First weekend of April 2009…for me, the last weekend of a 9-month stay in India & Nepal before I took off back to Europistan. My flight was leaving from Mumbai and had one last weekend to kill. Which is easy for me since Bombay (Mumbai) is so far my most favourite city in India and elsewhere. (There’s tons of shtuff to do, to see, to explore, to eat, to find, to discover, to listen, etc. And there’s this amazing venue in Lower Parel called “The Blue Frog” where they have artists on stage from around the globe! Check this place out when in Bombay!) While reading through “Time Out – Mumbai” under the cool breeze, created by the ceiling fan, my eye wandered off to an ad for the New CD release of the Midival-Punditz starring (their frequent collaborator) Karsh Kale and all this was happening at the blue frog…two nights in a row that very same weekend. My “last” weekend in India was going to be a musical one!

At the Blue Frog later that night… Although, through the help of my (then) girlfriend, I was able to hang out with Karsh and the Punditz for a few memorable moments, the real treat and surprise, however short-lived it was, came afterwards. While standing outside (the blue frog) for a cigarette (yep, I know, filthy habit) some guy asked me for a light. Since we were the only two standing there, we had a brief conversation. Can’t remember exactly what the guy’s role was but I think he might have been from Karsh’s or the Punditz’s management. All of a sudden there was this gorgeous lady walking up to us and introduced herself to me and greeted the dude I was standing with. Clearly they knew each other well. I got her name right though, Anoushka… We had a brief conversation about where I was from and about music. And then it hit me, I was standing there talking with the amazing Anoushka Shankar, daughter of Sitar-Maestro; Ravi Shankar. (-°-)

Enjoy the beautiful playing of Anoushka Shankar in this amazing performance!




Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 15/05/2013 by terraMasala

Decided to put my tunes up 4 FREE download. Enjoy.


Posted in Life, Music, Travels with tags , , , , , , on 13/12/2011 by terraMasala

Namaste World,
Yes, it’s been a while…
Been busy working on my little home-studio and self-educating a bit on some new machinery during the last few months.
Will share some pictures and soundz soon.;)

The world’s been busy as usual and lots of good and less good stuff happened on this little planet.
I’ll pick two. nice…and sad…balance must be. (-°-)

First, the sad news.On 27th of November 2011, the great sarangi master
Ustad Sultan Khan – passed away.
Been a great fan of his sarangi playing and singing for years, and even managed to see him perform with – Tabla Beat Science –
in London (2003).
Thank you for the beautiful music. (-°-)

The Dewarists:
About two months ago Star World (India) started to air a series called the Dewarists.
The series brings together musicians of different backgrounds but mainly Indian musicians as it is also filmed on
various locations in India. The musicians meet at a certain location, ranging from jungle to desert, and in a few days they record a song/track together.
The show is presented by Monica Dogra (Shaair&Func) and
she does a fantastic job. (She also joins the musicians on a few tracks.
As I write, so far 9 episodes have been aired. The neat thing is that only several hours after it’s being aired in India
it is put on youtube for the rest of the world to watch. :)

Here are my three most favourite episodes so far. A bit biased perhaps, but my favourite ones all seem to have a musician in there
who is/was linked with the Asian Underground/Asian Massive scene.
Starting with the latest episode (so far) which is episode 9 featuring Karsh Kale. Second one in line (episode 8) is starring MidivalPunditz and Humble The Poet.
And number three (episode 5) with Shri (Badmarsh&Shri) and Monica Dogra.
Enjoy. (-°-)


Posted in Music with tags , , , on 07/09/2011 by terraMasala

Some of my favorite whackers! ;)

Jojo Mayer

Trilok Gurtu

Buddy Rich

Stewart Copeland (The Police)

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