Vira CD by Rakesh Chaurasia and Talvin Singh offers spontaneous, improvised Classical Indian Music and Yoga Music.
Vira means 'Brotherhood', and on this disc it represents a sort of fraternity between two outstanding soloists, the flute player Rakesh Chaurasia and the inimitable tabla player Talvin Singh.
Both musicians have, in the past, taken their respective instruments into uncharted territory, so it was only natural that they should play for a duet album like Vira. Talvin Singh has long experimented with sound and despite his training as a classical Indian musician has sought to find a texture of sound, that while remaining true to the classical tradition, also reflects the latest sound technology.
Rakesh Chaurasia, one of the foremost flute players of his generation, has already worked on numerous projects with Talvin Singh and has also performed with him. But the opportunity of doing this kind of one-to-one recital with Talvin Singh was one that he welcomed eagerly. There were no rehearsals, and once the Ragas were chosen, the recording was done in a spontaneous, improvised way in a London studio.
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