“Bombay” Jayashri Ramnath will be performing live at the Barbican on October 11th and will be participating in a panel discussion and Q&A on Women In Indian Classical Music on October 13th. It’s all part of the Darbar Festival across a variety of venues in London. See Visit the Darbar Festival website for more information.
The artists’ work has recently been reissued by the excellent Time Capsule label. It’s releases have been multinational and wide-ranging in style so far – reissuing the Italian new age LP Il Guardiano Del Faro’s Oasis, Japanese guitar fusion from Yuji Toriyama’s Choice Works 1982-1985 and American dub by way of Ethiopia (Bill Laswell and Gigi’s Illuminated Audio).
Time Capsule label boss Kay Suzuki explains: “For our fourth reissue, we selected one of classical Indian vocalist “Bombay” Jayashri Ramnath’s most mesmerising works. Born into a musician family steeped in the south Indian tradition of vocal music, the Mumbai-raised singer took advantage of the city’s cosmopolitism to study northern Hindustani disciplines, one of the few vocalists to train in both. Now revered as one of the greatest living exponents of Carnatic music, she received an Oscar nomination for her work on Ang Lee’s Life of Pi.
“Every time I listen I’m amazed at how such a small ensemble can create such a deep musical landscape. The incredible production plays a big part. That intricate percussion sounds so clear and sits in all the right pockets rhythmically and sonically. Just by following this groove I’m put into a timeless zone, but when her voice hits on top of that gorgeous drone sound and I focus on the details of her small melodies within melodies, my heart centres and I find myself in a blissful place.”
Professor of cultural and political theory, Jeremy Gilbert, has written the album’s liner notes. It’s a glorious listen and the packaging and information inside match the music’s beauty.
For more visit the fantastic Time Capsule website and online shop.