Emam & Friends

Jai Ganesha
2009
"What a breath of fresh air. Just when music seems to be following a general protocol, Jai Ganesha appears and reminds us that music is in its essence unique and always uplifting. An inspirational album, Jai Ganesha has bolted the windows open for sacred creativity. Emam and these artists have confirmed once again while bringing cultures together to celebrate that Spirit has no borders." by Josh Massad
Music is a force which crosses all artificial political, cultural and racial boundaries, unifying us all as human beings. My interest has always been in bringing together different styles to create original, fresh and uplifting music. This album combines Indian classical and devotional music with Jazz, Eastern European and Middle Eastern music and was recorded in Delhi, Mumbai, Wrocław (Poland), Budapest (Hungary), San Francisco and Los Angeles. It features an outstanding cast of artists who through their talent bring the music to life. My deepest gratitude and thanks to all the musicians who made this project possible.

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1) Jai Ganesha
(Emam)
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Asif Ali Khan
sarangi
Moses Sedler
cello
Taufiq Qureshi
dumbak
Emam
dumbak, percussion
Dave Lewis
drums

2) Desert Moon
(Emam)
Geetika Varde
lead vocals
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Moses Sedler
cello
Gari Hegedus
oud
Dave Lewis
drums
Emam
ghatam, percussion
Kai Eckhardt
bass

3) Come to Poland - Polish Mix
(Emam)
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Yashoda
vocals
Asif Ali Khan
sarangi
Dave Lewis
drums
Robert Szydło
bass
Emam
tabla

4) Come to Poland Part 2
(Emam)
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Asif Ali Khan
sarangi
Indu Prakash
vocals
Robert Szydło
bass
Emam
tabla
Taufiq Qureshi
cajon
Dave Lewis
drums

5) Kripa Karo
(Emam)
Geetika Varde
lead vocals
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Yashoda
vocals
Asif Ali Khan
sarangi
Dave Lewis
drums
Robert Szydło
bass
Emam
tabla

6) Step into Your Future - Part 1
(Emam)
Zoltán Lantos
violin
Deepak Ram
bansuri
Kai Eckhardt
bass
Artur Dutkiewicz
keyboards
Emam
tabla, percussion
Dave Lewis
drums

7) Step into Your Future - Part 2
(Emam)
Zoltán Lantos
violin
Deepak Ram
bansuri
Kai Eckhardt
bass
Artur Dutkiewicz
keyboards
Emam
tabla, percussion
Dave Lewis
drums

8) Carpe Diem
(Emam)
Deepak Ram
bansuri
Yashoda
vocals
Indu Prakash
vocals
Kai Eckhardt
bass
Taufiq Qureshi
vocal recitation
Dave Lewis
drums
Moses Sedler
cello
Emam
tabla, percussion

9) Om Namah Shivay Alap
(Emam)
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Indu Prakash
vocals

10) Om Namah Shivay
(Emam)
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Asif Ali Khan
sarangi
Yashoda
vocals
Indu Prakash
lead vocals
Emam
dumbak
Naushad Ahmed
tabla
Robert Szydło
bass
Dave Lewis
drums

11) Come to Poland Part 1 - Bansuri Mix
(Emam)
A slow romantic World Fusion song combining Indian Classical music with Jazz & Rock. Written for my ex-wife Yashoda who is from Poland.
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Deepak Ram
bansuri
Asif Ali Khan
sarangi
Indu Prakash
vocals
Robert Szydło
bass
Dave Lewis
drums
Emam
tabla

12) Come to Poland Part 2 - Bansuri Mix
(Emam)
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Deepak Ram
bansuri
Asif Ali Khan
sarangi
Indu Prakash
vocals
Emam
tabla
Robert Szydło
bass
Dave Lewis
drums

13) Lucky 13
(Emam)
A fusion of Indian Classical Music and a Jazz drums in an unusual rhythm cycle of 13 beats.
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Dave Lewis
drums
Emam
tabla
Chand Khan
sitar

14) Whisper In My Ear
(Emam)
Mukesh Sharma
sarod
Gari Hegedus
oud
Indu Prakash
vocals
Kai Eckhardt
bass
Moses Sedler
cello
Taufiq Qureshi
dumbak, vocal recitation
Dave Lewis
drums
Emam
tabla, percussion, harmonium

Dave's drum tracks recorded by Benjamin Tierney
at Bomb Shelter Studios (LA, CA)
Geetika's vocal tracks recorded by
Taufiq Qureshi (Mumbai, India)
Sarod, Sarangi and Sitar recorded at
S. Kalyani Studios by Gandhiji (Delhi, India)
All other tracks recorded by
Emam (Poland, Hungry, USA)
#14 & instrumental versions of #1, 2, 3, 11, 12
mixed by Benjamin Tierney & Emam
at Bomb Shelter Studios (LA, CA - USA)
all other tracks mixed by Emam
All compositions Copyright Emam
Published by: Emam & Friends - BMI
Cover painting by: Yashoda
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