Emam & Friends

2020
Being locked in during the Coronavirus pandemic in Goa gave me a good chance to create another album which I think is my best so far. I reached out to some great musicians in Poland and added them to tracks that we had recorded earlier and never released. Also went over some old recordings and found tracks that had not been released.
The result is, in my opinion, a wonderful collection of music for your listening pleasures!

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1) All That Exists
(Mahalakshmi)
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

2) Goa Groove
(Emam)
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

3) Another Life
(Emam)
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

4) Dance of the Hermit - Vocal Mix
(Emam)
About eight years ago, we went into the studio with Michał Rudaś, in Warsaw (Poland), and recorded his voice on a couple of my songs. Then I forgot about the tracks and didn't do anything with them until now!
A completely different version of this song was released on the album Sacred Insanity. In this version we feature the great vocals of Michał.
Emam
tabla
Michał Rudaś
vocals
Mahalakshmi
piano
Moses Sedler
cello

5) Outside Of Time
(Mahalakshmi)
Note from Mahalakshmi (song's composer):
This piece arrived in my ear in a moment "Outside of Time" after having come to India for the first time. I lived in a western culture my entire life and the experience of India shook my mental constructs apart. I found myself in an unfamiliar land that was also somehow distantly familiar, jostling unknown memories that seemed to arise from a thick haze beyond time. I was suddenly out of space, out of mind and thrust into an experience I could not have predicted... India embracing me as the churning ocean itself.
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Robert Szydło
bass
Mahalakshmi
vocals, piano
Łukasz Sobołak
drums
Emam
tabla

6) Desert Moon
(Emam)
About eight years ago, we went into the studio with Michał Rudaś, in Warsaw (Poland), and recorded his voice on a couple of my songs. Then I forgot about the tracks and didn't do anything with them until now!
This is the third version of this song that is being released. It features all the musicians from the previous mixes as well as the additional tracks from Michał.
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Michał Rudaś
vocals
Geetika Varde
vocals
Kai Eckhardt
bass
Gari Hegedus
oud
Irina Mikhailova
vocals
Moses Sedler
cello
Dave Lewis
drums
Emam
ghatam, vocal recitation

7) Dance of the Hermit - Bansuri Mix
(Emam)
I was listening to the original tracks from this song, that was released on the album Sacred Insanity, and discovered a fantastic bansuri track from Manose that was only partially used. Here we present the entire bansuri track because it is just wonderful to listen to!
Manose
bansuri
Gari Hegedus
oud, mandocello
Matthew Montfort
guitar
Moses Sedler
cello
Emam
tabla

8) Vrindaban
(Emam)
Years back, while visiting Vrindaban, city of Lord Krishna in North India, I was inspired to compose a melody for chanting "Om Namah Shivay" and here it is.
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Matthew Montfort
guitar
Kai Eckhardt
bass
Łukasz Sobołak
drums
Mahalakshmi
Piano
Emam
dumbak
Arshad Khan
tabla
Ambika Prasad
dholak

9) Whisper In My Ear
(Emam)
This is another piece which has already been released in four different versions (with different musicians), two of which were on the album Jai Ganesha. In this version we have brought together all the musicians and created a mix with everyone.
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Irina Mikhailova
vocals
Kai Eckhardt
bass
Gari Hegedus
oud
Deepak Ram
bansuri
Moses Sedler
cello
Indu Prakash
vocals
Dave Lewis
drums
Emam
tabla, harmonium, vocals

Łukasz Sobołak's drum tracks
recorded by Łukasz Damrych
Wrocław (Poland)
Michał Rudaś vocal tracks
recorded by Emam at Studio 100
Warszawa (Warsaw, Poland)
Robert Szydło's bass tracks
recorded by Robert Szydło
Wrocław (Poland)
Dave Lewis drum tracks
recorded by Benjamin Tierny
Los Angeles, California
All other tracks recorded by
Emam at various locations

Arranged, mixed, edited and mastered by Emam.
Special thanks to Mahalakshmi for her assistance in editing.
Produced by Emam for
Eternal Music.
Published by Emam & Friends - (BMI).
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