Archive DRUMS OF INDIA
The press about the music of Al Gromer Khan
AL GROMER KHAN/Far Go: Anybody that's recently, reluctantly been forced to add stretching and breathing exercises to their daily chore list will immediately be glad to hear the latest pioneering work by new age pioneer Khan as he takes ambient to new levels of the game (something you probably didn't think possible) and moves healing music to different realms. As any newbie to stretching and breathing exercise that gets flummoxed by how much harder it is than it looks to get it right (yeah, I know, doing something is better than not doing anything at all), this low key, low impact musical crutch is just what you need to make it go better. Sure, it's no replacement for anyone that likes EDM, but you can bet if a big enough check comes around, you'll hear this sped up, chopped and channeled into the next Deadmau5 wannabe mix. For now, go with the flow, especially if this is something you need, it‘s on the new age/ambient money throughout..
Chris Spector - MIDWEST RECORD
“Now this is the REAL new age music, and a far cry from the bouncy pap that clogs the racks ... “
“Like Eno, only warmer”
“... like a whisper and a smile between lovers”
“... full of poetry and magic”
The News, San Francisco
“A sitar pro that’s been at it for a few generations shows that sitar is more than just hitting some stringed notes while smoking dope, you can use this for yoga and ambient sounds as well these days. Fleshing out what could have been an exercise in gringos getting frustrated while looking for traction, Khan makes music that’s music. An engaging world beat date that’s suited to everything from listening to thigh slapping, the malleable sounds are like an audio wave machine that’s just right for shaking off whatever kind of day you had”
Chris Spector, Midwest Record
“This would be yet another excellent addition to a “meditation music” library. If you like the sitar and are looking to add an ambient Indian mood to your meditations, this would be an excellent choice”
“ ... Al Gromer Khan has produced a mystical, sensual and experimental album which stretches the 'speech' of the sitar to new heights. Freeing himself from former rules of play, he dialogues with the listener through some very accomplished performances. Standouts include 'Raga Sarasvati' (where this dialogue is most notable), the very moving, mysterious and deeply resonant 'A Tantric Song,' 'A Bageswari Poem,' and the charming 'Caru Caru,' which makes use of ambient 'ahs' amidst Mr. Khan's joyous strains”
Mark Maxwell Abushady, Creations Magazine
“... His skill is inspired by Vilayat Khan and Gromer is definitely a seasoned expert and a tasty player who is not out to blow you away with his speed or skill, but interested in melody with a more accessible approach to the instrument. He allows the feel of the strings to do that for him and the production is polished. Sitar Secrets would work well for anyone looking for some Indian ambient music to spice up a room”
“Al Gromer Khan brings a globally awake and chilled feel to this deeply soothing and ethereal album. Sitar Secrets is based on the sitar, as the title implies, with long tracks of spiritually hallucinatory ragas with the sitar at its most spine-tingling. Kahn uses traditional frameworks as points of departure into surreal soundscapes: disembodied cooing voices and electronic synthesizer pads help create an album ideal for meditation, Reiki, relaxation, or whatever else you have in mind. Many of the tracks such as the hallucinatory "Raga Sarasvati" follow their own path, with solo sitar creating vast inner landscapes that are populated by dancing Shivas in the flames. Sarker's tablas join in for "Raga Tilak Kamod", along with spine-shivering tamboura, to create an effect that's ancient, timeless, and somehow very modern. Khan has brought us over the course of this gently transformative album. Indian sitar music is by definition and style very different from western melodic structures, but Khan finds the root of both, deep in the romantic heart of hearts, in a land outside of space time. These Secrets are worth keeping”
“Rising to prominence after his debut CD Mahogany Nights, “ambient” sitar player Al Gromer Khan has carved out a singular niche, combining the rich traditions of Indian sitar music with exotic yet accessible ambient electronica textures and rhythms. On Sitar Secrets, Gromer Khan explores his authentic Indian music persona more directly—four of the nine tracks are straight-up ragas, whereas the other five explore the merging of the ancient (sitar) with the modern (synthesizers and beats). Sitar Secrets may introduce the Indian raga musical form to the artist’s ambient fans, as Gromer Khan performs not just the ambient-like alaap phase of the raga, but the more active rhythmic passages as well, aided by tabla player Suman Sarkar. Mingling the two approaches makes for an exotic amalgam”
Bill Binkelman, New Age Retailer
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The Rasa Tea Time Edition presents contemporary Ambient, classical, Electronica and music from the tea-traditions. Al Gromer Khan, key figure of Ambient- and contemplative music since 1975, acting as player, composer and curator. His distinctive unique Paisley Music style has won him a circle of friends throughout the world.
Independence from modern day noise and stress and the complexities of contemporary life is our challenge. We try to create small sanctuaries of resonance. Our music, literature, art exhibitions and events are meant to reflect this goal and you are invited to take part in the work process through our different projects.
Starting in 1998, the ´RASA Sound and Music Nights´ came into existence. These were whole night concerts featuring artists of all continents, concentrating on the contemplative and sublime aspects of world, classical and jazzmusic - particularly the high art of improvisation. The philosophy of RASA TEA TIME is based on the work and the ´99 axioms´ of Al Gromer Khan and deals with the translation from ordinary states of mind to the more exquisite planes of thinking. After establishing RASA music publishing company in 2004 the Rasa Tea Time Edition was started, followed by audio-book publications in 2006 and books in 2009.
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Working out of Munich, Germany RASA TEA TIME has been sponsored by and has collaborated with: The Bavarian Radio: Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Cultural Departement City of Munich, Kulturkreis Gasteig e.V. and the Museum of Ethnology in Munich.