Release Date: Jul 8, 2016
Record label: Ninja Tune
Genre(s): Electronic, Jazz, Electronica, Pop/Rock, International, World Fusion, Contemporary Jazz, African Traditions, Indian Subcontinent Traditions, East African
US born and Chennai-raised, percussionist Sarathy Korwar is a recent graduate of the Steve Reid Foundation, a nascent charitable organisation which has seen him mentored by the likes of Four Tet, Floating Points and Gilles Peterson. Based on a series of field recordings he made in Pune of the Sidi Troupe of Ratanpur, his debut album is a fusion of traditional Indian folk with jazz and electronic music. Dreaming and Eyes Closed place Sidi percussion at the heart of ambient experiments, with synth washes and echoed guitars recalling John Martyn.
Day to Day is dazzling. It leads the listener outside standard jazz/world fusion tropes to ask new questions about musical and cultural origins, traditions, and lineage and it does so with grooves and mystery intact. It embraces the unknown at the heart level, offering a musical language that doesn't recombine ancient traditions for the West, but as part of a human conversation that cements an argument for more, not less, transculturalism in art and society.
Review Summary: Globetrotting jazz fusionAllegedly, much of Day to Day employs field recordings of the Sidi Troupe of Ratanpur’s, ahem, day-to-day musical surrender. US-born, India-raised producer and percussionist Sarathy Korwar employs a love for jazz and Indian folk music, creating an album with esoteric charm, but multidimensional, modern productional tactics. He reworks the Troupe’s traditional, repetitive meditations with polyrhythmic flair, occasionally dipping into psychedelic jams while he switches between drum set and tabla.