Visangati -Indian Classical Music on Piano by Utsav Lal
Released Feb 2021 and now available on all online platforms.
This video scheduled to be premiered is from the live studio recording of album track-Yaad Piya Ki Aayi.
“Utsav Lal’s seventh record ‘Visangati’ leans into his artistic inclination for contradiction. The album’s Hindi and Sanskrit title — which translates to ‘anomaly’ — is symbolic of Lal’s constant deviation from the norm. The New York-based pianist/composer’s tryst with Indian classical music began 17 years ago when a fun and experimental session on the instrument led to a meaningful breakthrough for the artist.
Almost a decade on, Lal continues to blend the improvisational mystique of Indian classical melodies, particularly Dhrupad-influenced raga interpretations, with the compositional framework of the piano. Lal has presented his unique style at prestigious venues such as Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Mumbai’s National Centre for the Performing Arts. On the six-track album Visangati, he embraces the differences between two timeless musical traditions while trying to eliminate their sonic contrasts. Lal’s record ‘Visangati’ is a dialogue between Indian Classical Music and the Piano.”
– Rolling Stone India (Mar 2021)
“Visangati as a word reflects an integral poly-semantic and ambiguous quality. It mostly translates as an “anomaly” but sometimes also hinting at absurdity or illogicality. When attempting to play Indian Classical Music on the piano, it is impossible to not acknowledge the contradictions at play in this endeavour. My goal is to embrace and revel in these discrepancies while trying to get as close as possible to eliminating them.This record represents a current snapshot , 17 years into the everlasting goal of bringing this vast and vibrant art form to this instrument”
– Utsav Lal
Released February 3, 2021
Recorded by Robin Buyer at Pulse Music NYC in October 2020.
Cover Artwork : Stevie Appleby (www.stevieappleby.com)
Tanpura : Arman Ali Dehlvi
Tabla : Nitin Mitta
Design Consultation (and Photoshop lessons) : Julie Collins. (www.juliacol.com)
© Utsav Lal 2021 ,all rights reserved
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