Emam & Friends

Is This Real?
1995
"Is This Real is a masterful tapestry of musical traditions woven together into an uplifting new sound. It creates a musical experience that transcends boundaries. The wide variety of musicians as well as musical styles highlights this album as an outstanding example of world fusion music." India Currents - Dec/Jan 1995

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"... a masterful tapestry of musical traditions woven together into an uplifting new sound. It creates a musical experience that transcends boundaries.
The wide variety of musicians as well as musical styles highlights this CD as an outstanding example of world fusion music.
"

India Currents - Dec/1995

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1) Monsoon
(Emam)
Voice of Maha Avatar Babaji was recorded by the river Gautami Ganga in the Himalayan Foothills - 1979.
Zoltán Lantos
violin
Naushad Ahmed
tabla
Emam
dumbak, nylon string guitar
Maha Avatar Babaji
reciting mantras

2) Artichoke
(Emam)
Wrote this song for my friend Gari who actually introduced me to fast odd rhythms from the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
Emam
tabla
Geoff Johns
dumbak
Gari Hegedus
oud

3) Tarang in Five
(Emam)
Various tuned tablas (tabla tarang) are used to create a fast rhythm in a five beat cycle.
Emam
tabla tarang

4) Malkino
(Emam)
Zakir Hussain
tabla
Matthew Montfort
guitar
Mindia Klein
bansuri
Gari Hegedus
violin
Doug Miller
bass
Farhad Dadyburjor
keyboards
Gareth Lewis
sitar
Emam
nylon string guitar, dumbak

5) Jai Ambe
(Trad./Adap. Emam)
Gari Hegedus
violin
Matthew Montfort
electric guitar
Mindia Klein
flute
Emam
nylon string guitar

6) Brothers
(Emam)
Emam
dumbak
Taufiq Qureshi
tabla
Zakir Hussain
tabla
Nishikant Barodekar
tabla

7) Bali High
(Emam)
Taufiq Qureshi
tabla
Gari Hegedus
violin
Zakir Hussain
tabla
Matthew Montfort
guitar
Emam
nylon string guitar, dumbak
Doug Miller
bass
Mindia Klein
flute, gangsa
Gareth Lewis
sitar

8) Tarang in Four
(Emam)
Various tuned tablas (tabla tarang) are used to create a fast rhythm in a four beat cycle.
Emam
tabla tarang

9) One Too Many
(Emam)
It's a fast rhythm cycle of 10 beats + 1 (5 + 6) created using various tablas, dumbaks and other percussion.
Taufiq Qureshi
percussion
Emam
tabla, dumbak

10) Maha Maya - Part I
(Emam)
A peaceful & meditative piece with improvisations on various string instruments - acoustic steel string, nylon string & electric guitars as well as santur.
Matthew Montfort
guitar
Leroy Critcher
electric guitar
Paul Grant
santur
Emam
nylon string guitar

11) Maha Maya - Part II
(Emam)
An epic, slow moving Indian Classical style World Fusion piece featuring various string instruments, flute and tabla.
Matthew Montfort
guitar
Habib Khan
sitar
Paul Grant
santur
Mindia Klein
flute
Gareth Lewis
sitar
Emam
tabla

12) PDX - Part I
(Emam)
A fast 7 rhythm cycle of all hand percussion - tabla djembe & dumbak - with a melody line added by marimba.
Emam
tabla, dumbak
Mylinda
marimba

13) PDX - Part II
(Emam)
Romy Benton
flute
Mylinda
marimba
Emam
tabla, dumbak

Engineers & Studios:
Mike Demmers
Desitrek Studios
(Portland, OR)
Adam Kasper
DNA Studios
(Seattle, WA)
Dave Wellhausen
Wellhausen Studios
(San Fran., CA)
Lydia Holly
Dancing Dog Studios
(Emeryville, CA)
Farhad Dadyburjor
The Digital Domain
(Bombay, India)
Mehrdad Azadi
World Rhythm Studios
(Seattle, WA)
Emam
S. Kalyani Studios
(Delhi, India)
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