Music from the US – Aradhna

Aradhna is a band that fuses traditional Indian devotional music (bhajans) with Christ-centered themes, composed primarily in the Hindi language, in addition to Bihari, Bhojpuri and Braj Basha languages.The band members include Chris Hale (lead vocals, sitar), Peter Hicks (acoustic guitar, sitar) and Travis McAfee (bass). Tabla Player Jim Fiest regularly plays with the band. (wiki)

Here is their songt “Mukteshwar”

Music from the US/ Armenia – Ryan Weber

Ryan Weber starting his own solo project “REW<<” is best known for beeing part of Eric & Magill, where he wrote some pieces, e.g. ‘All those I know’. Born in Wisconsin, US, he grew up and started playing some music with friends there. He’s a part armenian and was traveling around the world for some years, getting influenced by different music styles as Lingala and Tarab music from Kenya. While he wrote REW<< , he was traveling back to the United States after living in Kenya for two years. He describes this record as his emotions he felt while traveling and ending a chapter in his life. Ryan Weber wrote and recorded in hotel rooms in Kenya, India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia. He describes this in this way: ‘I think rather than being influenced by genre, I’m influenced by my surrounding, music is a component of surrounding, but not the whole, as am I, thus I try to channel what I’m feeling in that setting.’ Listen to “Departeueres“, an amazing collection of records, fitting perfectly here. Thanks Ryan Weber for these amazing sounds!

“While listening to Ryan Weber’s album “Departeueres” you could really chill down and enjoy these amazing soft dream pop melodies”

Music from India – Punkh

Punkh, formed in 2003 in Germany are an Indian ‘World-Rock-Metal’ and Experimental band from New Dehli. They recently released their new E.P titled “Karmah”, which was recorded, produced and mastered in Germany by one of Europe’s leading Under-ground Nu-Metal/Nu-Wave producers: Markcus Tescke. Take a listen to their nice EP!

Music from India – Ravi Shankar R.I.P.

Ravi Shankar  born 7 April 1920 in Varanasi, † December 11, 2012 in San Diego, real name Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury was an Indian musician and composer who played the stringed instrument sitar.

He inspired the Beatles and became a hippie icon  in Woodstock, in  India, he was a superstar: the musician Ravi Shankar. Now he has died aged 92 in California.(the same age as Dave Brubeck a few days ago , you remember ? )

Music from India – Debdas Baul

Debdas Baul with his sons and colleagues sings his original song at the bank of the Ajoy River in West Bengal. This is from Charlie Steiner’s upcoming documentary on the Bauls called “Ami Pagol – I Am Crazy.” after a 1min the music starts and please listen to the wise lyrics

Music from the US – Tina Malia

Tina Malia is an extremly talented singer from the US. Listen to her version of “Kol Galgal”, an israeli classic. Peace through music. Peace!

As I must say, I got so impressed of Kol Galgal, in any version… Will let show you more versions :)

Music from India – Hazrat Inayat Khan

Hazrat Inayat Khan (Urdu: عنایت خان ) (July 5, 1882 – February 5, 1927) was the founder of The Sufi Order in the West in 1914 (London) and teacher of Universal Sufism. He initially came to the West as a Northern Indian classical musician, having received the honorific “Tansen” from the Nizam of Hyderabad, but he soon turned to the introduction and transmission of Sufi thought and practice. Later, in 1923, the Sufi Order of the London period was dissolved into a new organization, formed under Swiss law, called the “International Sufi Movement”. His message of divine unity (Tawhid) focused on the themes of love, harmony and beauty. He taught that blind adherence to any book rendered religion void of spirit. Branches of Inayat Khan’s movement can be found in the Netherlands, France, England, Germany, the United States, Canada, Russia and Australia. ( Wiki )

 

Music from UK / India – Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar is a British Indian sitar player and composer who lives between the United States, the United Kingdom, and India.  She is the daughter of Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar and the paternal half-sister of Norah Jones.  She has released seven albums. Here’s the song “Casi Uni”, featuring Concha Buika:

Music from Germany – Ottmar Liebert

Ottmar Liebert, born in 1959, is a german New Flamenco guitarist who won many awards. Here’s his nice song “Bombay”: