Bickram Ghosh's collaboration with violinist Kala Ramnath is the next international sensation
When a maestro like Bickram Ghosh reveals his newest outing is perhaps his finest, it behoves us to explore further. The acclaimed percussionist's latest album 'Paper Boats' is a collaboration with celebrated violinist, and features some of the most accomplished artistes from across the globe, from Greg Ellis to George Brooks. Ghosh has scored the music for the 7-track album; Paper Boats will release in the States soon and will see an India release this October. Moreover, Ghosh tells us that he intends to send the album over for the Grammys.
"I have known Kala for many years now, we played together for the first time in the late '80s; the idea for the project came from Kala, she said we could create a really unique album, and we brainstormed and we figured we could make it into a big international project. We have incredible names from like 15 countries, including some Grammy winners, and it's releasing in the States soon. The idea always revolved around innocence and childhood and paper boats are a concept, associated with our younger days. The album addresses the loss of that innocence and eventually talks about the return to that stage. I personally feel it's my best album so far," Ghosh tells us.
The 7-track album brings together artists from across the USA, UK, Italy, France, Morocco, Afghanistan, Egypt, Madagascar, Armenia, Bangladesh and, of course, India. We are also told that the album breaks down the musical barriers to create a vision that allows Indian classical, jazz, western classical, Afro- Cuban and other forms to blend with uniformity.