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Aug-16-2006, 23:16
A number of years ago a friend of mine did a collaboration with World Music specialist Chris Conway. Called the Rain Garden it was a fusion of traditional Indian music with my friend, Carl, playing the sitar and tabla, and jazz come funk. It was great stuff as far as I was concerned as I've been a fan of traditional Indian music since hearing Imrat Khan do a concert at the beginning of the Eighties. Annoyingly, none of it has ended up on CD yet - hope still.

Has anybody come across other Indian/Jazz/Funk fusions, as I would be interested to hear them?

Frederik Magle
Aug-18-2006, 17:49
That sounds like quite an interesting project. Personally I'm afraid I don't have much knowledge about Indian/Jazz-Fusion, but I too would be very interested in learning more about that subject.

Feb-10-2007, 22:45
you can listen the keltz. They are three musicians, from scotland, ireland and india. Their music is a mixture of Jazz Indian and Celtic.Very amazing!!!

you can visit my musical blog


and know more about the group and their music.

You also can find Amalgama, spanish flamenco group that plays with a group of Indian percusionist!!!

I hope you like it!!!

Mar-17-2007, 12:09
Compositions by George Brooks based on jazz accompanied with Indian percussion instrument like tabla played by maestro Zakir Hussain is a treat to the ear. The music is quite an amalgam with vocals, bass, piano, sarod, sarangi, sitar and drums. Sarod, Sarangi and Sitar are indian string instruments.

Deeru Piotr
Jun-25-2007, 16:33
One could mention a few from the seventies:

Shakti band with John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussein and other indian players
they have made a few recordings from 2000 on notably with flutist Hariprasad Chaurasia

Illuminations with Carlos Santana, Alice Coltrane, stravinskyesque string arrangments, I love this one!

Joe Harriot Jazz Indian quintet from the sixties

surely I'm forgetting some, as soon as I remember will write again, please keep alive this post it is very interesting

Jul-09-2007, 11:22
Can't fault Shakti,just quoted them on another thread.The album Natural Elements, is a firm favourite of mine.

Aug-04-2007, 00:08
Also check out 'As night falls on the silk road' by Ghazal. Ghazal comprise of Kayhan Kalhor on the Kamancheh [Persian spike fiddle] and Shujaat Husain Khan [son of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan] with Swapan Chaudhuri on tablas.

Using simple minor key folky melodies as a base, the musicians construct improvisations at first haunting and introspective building gradually to estatic climaxes of exhilarating virtuosity.

The music is conceived as a fusion between Persian and Indian traditions but the scales [natural minor and harmonic minor] and time signatures [4/4 and 6/8] are common to western music and the music has a universal quality that transcends cultures.

Ghazal have produced other albums together but 'As night falls on the silk road' is to my mind their strongest. It is an extraordinary record, passionate and haunting, and has been a major source of inspiration for me.



Aug-08-2007, 09:50
As others have mentioned, Shakti is definately worth checking out. If you're interested, Talvin Singh has some interesting tunes based more on an electronica/eastern fusion but still incorporates lots of sitar and tabla. Another track Ive heard is Mathar Indian Vibes by The Dave Pike Set, a band from the 60's. I havent heard anything else by them, though they might have that sound in other songs.

Feb-29-2008, 21:15
Second Bass! I know of a band that is EXACTLY what you are looking for!
Shakti is an amazing group, (and I have to say Hadful of Beuty is much better than natural elements) but they have nothing funky about them.
Check out the Toronto Tabla Ensemble, I had a hard time finding any examples of their music online, but I got the cd Second Pala Years ago and highly recommend it! The song Insomnia is by far my favorite! Enjoy!

Mar-01-2008, 02:48
I listen to an internet radio at work sometimes and tabla.com plays some very interesting stuff.

Oct-03-2008, 15:22
george harrisson did produced an abum that featured ravi shankar and lots of indian musicians, it 's called "i'm missing you". maybe you already know that record, and it's not really funky, except for little parts of it.

serge gainsbourg used sitar, like many "pop" composers did at the end of the sixties.

otherwise, i don't know a thing about real indian jazz/funk/fusion artists. and i'd like to.

Oct-10-2008, 09:56
Am a new member. Happy to see such interest in Fusion music - been into this for many years. Please check out http://www.asthadigital.com/downloads.php.

Oct-10-2008, 10:33
Please check out http://www.asthadigital.com/downloads.php (http://www.asthadigital.com/downloads.php)