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ARTIST
TITLE
Wings
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
IDA 019CD IDA 019CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
10/25/2004

"The name Raaja is not yet a household world in the west, but the 61 year-old East Indian composer, multi-instrumentalist, and group leader is ever gaining popularity, especially in Europe. A life-long harmonium, piano and classical guitar player from the Tamil district, Raaja has composed more than 4000 songs, scored the music for upwards of 800 Indian movies. Wings is a fascinating blend of Eastern and Western styles which, while seemingly adhering to a curriculum of modern classical ethics, transgresses the idiom by staying true to the mystical aspects of Eastern music. The implementation of Indian instruments in a modern context makes for a rich pallet of tone colors, creating a wide range of expressive possibilities. This is an excellent combination of stylings -- one which will both please those already familiar with the tonalities and sublime aspects of Eastern music, and pleasantly surprise the less initiated."