PALMCD 2084-2 Live In San Francisco At Stern Grove
Mix Translation by Bill Laswell
Released on July 9, 2002
US WORLD CHART POSITION #10
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K ronomyth 2.0: TABLA BEAT SCIENCE EXPO. This is a live double-disc that expands on the first (and still only) TBS studio disc, Tala Matrix. The live label is largely moot, since the result is rendered in a clear “mix translation” by Bill Laswell and most of the material is either new or re-realized. Despite what you’ve heard about books and their covers, Tabla Beat Science is exactly what it looks like: a pair of Material-ists (Zakir Hussain, Bill Laswell) joined by first- and second-generation world musicians who fuse eastern and western, traditional and modern sounds together into a turntabla mix that some have dubbed Asian Underground (TBS themselves refer to it as “electro-acoustic hyperpercussion”). The idea behind the performance itself is to add and subtract sounds from an opening dialogue between a tabla master (Hussain) and a sarangi master (Ustad Sultan Khan). If, fifteen minutes into this, you’re thinking “Holy cow, I’ve just spent $20 on a two-hour raga,” don’t freak out; bass and drums break in on “Sacred Channel” and from there it gets plenty interesting. The live lineup shakes out different than the first disc, including a female singer this time (Gigi) and Indian artists MIDIval Punditz. As for whether the fusion of Indian music and American dub/electronica works, I think it does. Take “Tala Matrix” as Exhibit A, a drum/turntable solo with some tabla mixed in that you’ll either love or hate. Of course, a good half of this is rooted in traditional Indian music, and approaching this with western ears (and calling for western melodies) is too much to ask of Tabla Beat Science. What you can expect is eastern music filtered through western effects and some shared moments (e.g., “Devotional Dub”) that transcend either. Clearly, this isn’t the last word on indian-american mash-ups, but the infancy of something that will evolve and yield even richer fruits over time.

TRACK LISTING

    Disc One
  1. TAARUF    (Zakir Hussain/Ustad Sultan Khan)    16:07
  2. SACRED CHANNEL    (Zakir Hussain/Karsh Kale/Bill Laswell)    7:29
  3. NAFEKEFI    (Ejigayehu "Gigi" Shibabaw)    7:42
  4. AP KE BARAS    (Gaurav Raiana/Tapan Raj)    5:06
  5. MAGNETIC DUB    (Zakir Hussain/Bill Laswell/Ustad Sultan Khan)    15:37

    Disc Two
  6. SATELLITE (SHOW ME THE WORTH OF THE WORLD)    (Karsh Kale/Ejigayehu "Gigi" Shibabaw)    8:48
  7. TALA MATRIX    (Luis Quintanilla/Zakir Hussain)    9:20
  8. TRAJIC    (Gaurav Raiana/Tapan Raj)    6:51
  9. MENGEDEGNA    (Ejigayehu "Gigi" Shibabaw)    14:27
  10. DEVOTIONAL DUB    (Zakir Hussain/Bill Laswell/Ustad Sultan Khan)    9:48

CREDITS

FABIAN ALSULTANY -- synthesizers
DJ DISK (LUIS QUINTANILLA) -- turntable
ZAKIR HUSSAIN -- tabla
KARSH KALE -- drums, tabla
USTAD SULTAN KHAN -- vocals, sarangi
BILL LASWELL -- bass
MIDIVAL PUNDITZ (GAURAV RAIANA and TAPAN RAJ) -- laptop, electronics
EJIGAYEHU "GIGI" SHIBABAW -- vocals
Oz Fritz -- recording engineer
Robert Musso -- engineer
Doze Green -- cover painting
Lisa Tsering -- inside photograph
John Brown/Material, Inc. -- design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US July 9, 2002 Axiom 2CD PALMCD 2084-2  

 

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