Powerful peaceful creativity Samir Bodhi – STAIRWAY TO NIRVANA: These troubled times demand music that is full of powerful and peaceful creativity, and is among the very best of the best of albums of this type I have received in 2020… before I even begin my review, I (most strongly) recommend that you watch Samir’s promotional video for the album first…
If you enjoyed that, you should definitely SUBSCRIBE to Samir’s YouTube channel, where you’ll find many other inspiring performances to enjoy.
Though the samples aren’t available yet (this album doesn’t go live until January 15th, 2021), the 3:21 “Peace” features Samir’s wife Madhumita Chatterjee doing wonderful vocals that put you in an almost hypnotized state of mind… the rest of the players Samir gathered are full of life’s energy, to be sure… Sanjoy Das – Guitar, Bass; Rakesh Chaurasia – Indian flute; Partha Pal – Keyboards; Rajeeb Chakraborty – Sarod; Pankaj Mishra – Sarangi; Subhajyoti Guha – Tabla; Debarpita Saha – keyboard programming in Nirvana; Joy Nandi – Sree Khol, percussions and tabla; Sudipto Chakraborty; Sree Khol and Chintu Porel – Sree Khol and Shuvodeep Mukherjee who co-composed OM track with Samir and sang on it too.
One of the most relaxed, yet inspiring, musical adventures I have listened to (yet) this year is found in the beautiful opener, “Tranquility“… the synth and flute combinations make this a composition that DJ’s around the globe seeking to enlighten their listeners will choose frequently for their playlists!
It was easy to make my choice for personal favorite of the five fantastic performances offered up… Sanjoy Das composed the highly creative “Nirvana“, which reminds me (in some ways) of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”… what makes it even more unique and entertaining, though, is explained perfectly by Samir’s own comments… “It covers this whole feeling of going through the stages of life, from mournful to joyful, and eventually reaching enlightenment”… wonderful percussion, deeply moving guitar and the poignant strains of the sarangi (Indian wind instrument).
I am truly impressed, and give Samir and all of his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for an album that is among the most creative I have listened to in 2020. Get more information on Samir’s FB page. Rotcod Zzaj
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