Emam & Friends

Best Of - Vol II: 2013-2020
2021
Best of Emam & Friends albums from 2013 to 2020:
Instruments of Devotion Vol II
In Your Eyes I See
Ode to Chebiji - EP
Emam & Friends 2020
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1) Together
(Emam)
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From the album: "In Your Eyes I See".
Recorded live in Raipur 2018.
A haunting, sweet and soothing world fusion ballad
to the beloved in a 14 beat cycle.
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Ghulam Ali
sarangi
Arshad Khan
tabla
Mahalakshmi
vocals, keyboard
Emam
dumbak

2) Ode to Chebiji - Part 1
(Emam)
From the album: "Ode to Chebiji".
A song dedicated to the spirit of our dear friend Chebi Sabbah.
From Wikipedia:
Cheb i Sabbah (7 August 1947 – 6 November 2013) was a DJ and composer/producer known for combining Asian, Arabian, and African sounds into his compositions. Sabbah was of Jewish and Berber descent. He was born in Algeria and came from a family of musicians. When he was a teenager, Sabbah moved to Paris and, in 1964, began his career DJing American soul music records. In 1984, he settled as a DJ in San Francisco. Sabbah's performances included live musicians, dancers and massive projected visuals, backing up his electronic music. He was nominated for the BBC's 2006 Award for World Music in the Club Global category. His song "Toura Toura: Nav Deep Remix" was featured in soundtrack of FIFA 08 as well as Cricket 07. Sabbah was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer in May 2011. He died on November 6, 2013 in San Francisco.
Julien Moretto
violin
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Kai Eckhardt
bass
Ziya Tabassian
zarb
Prasad Salunke
nagara
Arshad Khan
tabla
Emam
dumbak

3) Afternoon Delight
(Emam)
From the album: "In Your Eyes I See".
A fusion of jazz, rock and Indian classical, in Raag Bhimpalasi.
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Kai Eckhardt
bass
Gino Banks
drums
Julien Moretto
violin
Emam
tabla, percussion

4) All That Exists
(Mahalakshmi)
From the album: "Emam & Friends 2020".
Mahalakshmi composed this as a mellow lullaby. When I heard it, immediately I knew I would want to record it as a more upbeat and jazzy piece. So, here it is!
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Robert Szydło
bass
Łukasz Sobołak
drums
Arshad Khan
tabla
Mahalakshmi
vocals, piano
Ahsan Ali
sarangi
Emam
dumbak

5) 7 Year Cycle
(Emam)
From the album: "In Your Eyes I See".
An awesome violin soundscape and a meeting of Eastern European music
and Indian Classical music in a fast seven rhythm cycle!
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Julien Moretto
violin
Emam
tabla
Lewis Patzner
cello

6) Durge Jai Jai Ma
(Trad Adap/Emam)
From the album: "Instruments of Devotion Vol II".
A devotional song dedicated to the divine mother deity "Durga".
This is an what we call:
Instrumental Indo-Jazz-Fusion-Kirtan improvisations!
Prateek Chaudhuri
sitar
Sławek Dudar
saxophone
Ahsan Ali
sarangi
Marcin Spera
acoustic bass
Arshad Khan
tabla
Emam
dumbak

7) Goa Groove
(Emam)
From the album: "Emam & Friends 2020".
Originally the title of this song was Goa Chill, then Mahalakshmi told me it's too groovy to chill out with. So, now it's called Goa Groove! Composed and created in Goa with a bass and drum tracks added by our friends in Poland.
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Julien Moretto
violin
Robert Szydło
bass
Mahalakshmi
piano, keyboard
Emam
dumbak
Łukasz Sobołak
drums

8) Another Life
(Emam)
From the album: "Emam & Friends 2020".
Another song in my favorite rhythm cycle: medium tempo seven. A fusion of Indian classical, Jazz & Eastern European music.
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Matthew Montfort
guitar
Julien Moretto
violin
Lewis Patzner
cello
Emam
ghatam, bayan
Jim Dooley
drums
Ambika Prasad
dholak

9) Shri Guru Sharanam
(Trad Adap/Emam)
From the album: "Instruments of Devotion Vol II".
A devotional song dedicated to the divine mother deity "Durga".
This is an what we call:
Instrumental Indo-Jazz-Fusion-Kirtan improvisations!
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Daniel Berkman
kora
Ahsan Ali
sarangi
Emam
dumbak
Arshad Khan
tabla
Marcin Spera
acoustic bass

All compositions by Emam except
#4 by Mahalakshmi,
#6 & #9 Trad./Adapt. by Emam.
Produced by Emam for Eternal Music.
Published by Emam & Friends - (BMI).
© Emam
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