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BHATTACHARYA, DEBEN - Paris to Calcutta, Men and Music on the Desert Road

Format: BOOK + 4 CDs
Label & Cat.Number: Sublime Frequencies SF 112
Release Year: 2018
Note: beautiful art book and ethno music document with photos and field recordings of traditional music from Bedouin camps, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Pakistan and Greece, all recorded 1955 (!), first time published! - DEBEN BHATTACHARYA (1921-2001) was a field recordist, poet, filmmaker, musicologist from India....- 4 CDs with 43 tracks, four hours of music, 160 pages cloth bound cover
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €52.50


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Deben Bhattacharya (1921-2001) was a field recordist, poet, filmmaker, musicologist, and amateur ethnomusicologist, based in Calcutta and Paris. Highly influential, it would not be too bold a stretch to say that his work shaped how we listen to the world: he produced a vast number of LPs, CDs, videos, and radio shows of traditional music from India, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe from 1953 until his death in 2001. Never before published, Paris to Calcutta: Men and Music on the Desert Road features over four hours of music and is Deben\'s impressionistic account of a 1955 journey overland, in a converted milk delivery van, from France to India collecting and exploring music along the Desert Road from Europe into India. With four CDs of recordings, photographs, Deben\'s original recording notes, musical transcriptions, and more. An amazing glimpse into a time long gone and essential listening for anyone interested in folk and world music traditions. Produced and edited by Robert Millis (Indian Talking Machine (2015) and Victrola Favorites (DTD 011CD, 2009). \"Actually, I think my playing is probably more derived from the folk music records that I heard; Middle Eastern music, Indian music... for years I had something called Music On The Desert Road, which was an album with all kinds of different ethnic music. I used to listen to that all the time.\" --Frank Zappa, 1993 (from an interview in Guitarist Magazine, talking about an LP released by Deben in 1956 using a few edited versions of the music included on this compilation.) 160 pages, cloth bound cover with four CDs: 45 pages of photographs and 50 pages of detailed recording notes. Introductions by Jharna Bose Bhattacharya, Robert Millis and WG Archer.

Includes recordings of: Students of the Salonica Quaker Girl\'s School Dance of Jerissos,Saban Akdao, Hasan Sayin, Reza Argin, Jumma Ali, Vakkas Kaplan, Feizi Kaplan, Hseyin Eroğlu, Raif Karsligil, Imam and congregation of the mosque at Kilis, Dervish worshippers in the house of Sheikh Saud Mawlawi, Nour Hanbali, Antone Noweh, Doureid Laham, Bashraf Sama\'i Taatyus, Andalusi Muwashshah, Hazim, Suleiman and friends, Al-Haj Hashim Mohammad, Shu\'aib Ibrahim, Abdul-KArim Al Azawi, Shu\'aib Ibrahim, Khalil Akrawi, Ostad Zareen Panje Bel, Gulfa-e-Ghani and Zareef, Ostad Abol-Hassan Saba, Sher Khoda, Darioosh Sefvat, Hamedanian, Shapoore Delshadi, Eskandare Ebrahimi and Orchestra, Eskandare Ebrahimi , Muhammad Hussein, Dost Muhammad, Abdul Kader, Saroj Narang, Jyotish CH. Choudhury, Kalipada Das, Bhona, Mangal Mukerjee, and Jai Chand Bhagat and Babu.
Track Listing:
Disc 1
01. Students of the Salonica Quaker Girl\'s School - Dance of Jerissos (Ierissos) 02:50 listen
02. Saban Akdao, cmbs - iftetelli (gazel) 09:39 listen
03. Hasan Sayin, singer; Reza Argin, zurna; Jumma Ali, dhavul - Untitled 02:45 listen
04. Vakkas Kaplan, zurna; Feizi Kaplan, dhavul - Mahlo: Song of the Highway Men 02:44 listen
05. Hseyin Eroglu, vocals, cura saz - Karacaoglan 05:16 listen
06. Raif Karsligil, unaccompanied vocals - Karayilan (Black Snake) 05:01 listen
07. Imam and congregation of the mosque at Kilis - Mevludin Nebevi (the prophet\'s birth) 05:36 listen
08. Performer unknown - Folksong from Outebeh, vocals and rababa (one stringed fiddle) 04:28 listen
09. Performer unknown - Bedouin Melody, Shebbabeh (flute) and darabuka (drum) 03:38 listen
10. Performer unknown - Bedouin dance from Katana 02:30 listen
11. Dervish worshippers in the house of Sheikh Saud Mawlawi - Maqam rasd (In praise of the prophet) 02:06 listen
12. Performer unknown - Sabah, played on the Ney (flute) 02:20 listen
13. Nour Hanbali, qanun; Antone Noweh, oud; Doureid Laham, darabuka - Suite in maqam rasd featuring Bashraf Sama\'i Taatyus and Andalusi Muwashshah 13:49 listen
Disc 2
01. Performer unknown - Taqsim (improvisation) on violin 03:19 listen
02. Hazim, rebab (bowed spike fiddle) - Ballad of the Shahlaan Family 10:16 listen
03. Unidentified coffee grinders (two different grinders, switching hands halfway through) - Bedouin coffee grinding beats 06:24 listen
04. Suleiman and friends, accompanied by rebab - Hijeni (a love song often sung while riding away on a horse) 06:16 listen
05. Al-Haj Hashim Mohammad, santoor (hammered dulcimer); Shu\'aib Ibrahim, joza (Iranian rebab); Abdul-Karim Al Azawi, dumbuk - Sharqi Dokah (love song) 08:40 listen
06. Shu\'aib Ibrahim, joza - Taqsim in maqam ajam 03:50 listen
07. Al-haj Hashim Mohammad Al-rejab, santoor; Shu\'aib Ibrahim, joza; Abdul-Karim Al-Azawi, dumbuk - Maqam hadidi 03:45 listen
08. Khalil Akrawi, vocals, spoons - Kasam-e-Meru (excerpt from a 25-minute piece) 01:49 listen
09. Ostad Zareen Panje Bel - Tar solo in humayun dastgah 10:45 listen
Disc 3
01. Gulfa-e-Ghani and Zareef, zarb - Train rhythm imitation 02:03 listen
02. Ostad Abol-Hassan Saba - Setar improvisation in mahour dastgah 02:40 listen
03. Sher Khoda, zarb - Shahnama 13:38 listen
04. Darioosh Sefvat - Santoor solo in isfahan dastgah 10:20 listen
05. Hamedanian, zarb - Baba Karam 12:36 listen
06. Shapoore Delshadi, tar - Tar solo in isfahan dastgah 06:36 listen
07. Eskandare Ebrahimi and Orchestra - Humayun 16:06 listen
Disc 4
01. Eskandare Ebrahimi - Setar improvisation in mahour dastgah 08:06 listen
02. Muhammad Hussein, zurna (horn); Dost Muhammad, dhol (kettle drum) - Atan (dance song) 04:01 listen
03. Dost Muhammad, dhol - Battle rhythm 01:29 listen
04. Abdul Kader, solo voice - Love song from Herat 02:52 listen
05. Performer unknown - Nose flute improvisation 02:34 listen
06. Performers unknown, harmonium, tabla - Sikh song on Hindu/Moslem unity 11:45 listen
07. Saroj Narang - Simla folk song 02:37 listen
08. Jyotish CH. Choudhury, sitar - Raga zila 07:04 listen
09. Kalipada Das, flute; unknown, anandalahari (friction drum) - Methosur (rural folk song) 04:02 listen
10. Unknown performers, clarinet and drum - Improvisation on film tune 02:34 listen
11. Bhona, sitar; Mangal Mukerjee, ghara (claypot drum) - Raga kafi 06:50 listen
12. Jai Chand Bhagat and Babu, vocals, cymbals, ektara - Bhajan (devotional song) 04:15 listen
13. Jai Chand Bhagat and Babu - Bhajan (devotional song) 04:48 listen
14. Temple bells and drums 02:34 listen
- Deben Bhattacharya\'s impressionistic, poetic travelogue written on the road from Paris to Calcutta in 1955, never before published.
- Deben Bhattacharya (1921-2001) was a field recordist, poet, filmmaker, musicologist, and amateur ethnomusicologist, based in Calcutta and Paris.
- Introductions by Jharna Bose Bhattacharya, Robert Millis and WG Archer.
- 43 tracks, over four hours of music, all recorded in 1955 featuring music from Bedouin camps, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Pakistan and Greece.
- 160 pages, cloth bound cover with four CDs.
- 45 pages of photographs; 50 pages of detailed recording notes.


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