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“Manose, the champion bamboo flutist of Nepal, is … giving concerts at the Asian Festival in Switzerland, the Nepali Embassy in Germany and touring France with his soft instrument.  His skill is not open to question and his lightness of touch on the 3 tracks on this particular release make it a pleasure to keep the beauteous work on Repeat Play.”

-Ben Ohmart, The Muse's Muse

Suskera: Profound, Unique, Beautiful
Manose is an extraordinary Nepalese musician.  He started playing the bamboo flute at age eight when he heard someone playing outside his window and fell in love with the sound.  Now, seventeen years later, he is recognized as Nepal’s premiere bamboo flautist.  

Since 1995, Manose has been teaching for the University of Wisconsin’s College Year in Nepal and Naropa Institute’s Nepal programs, as well as performing in Switzerland, Germany, California, and France.  

This disc offers three traditional raags (the Nepalese spelling of raga) played on solo flute.  The first and longest, Raag Yaman, is a deeply devotional piece that encourages the listener “to relinquish themselves to the compassionate force of the universe.”  The second, Raag Bhageshri, is gentle and sensual music with a potency that is said to increase toward midnight.  Finally, Raag Jog is fairly recent in origin, again imbued with a sense of evening and exoticism.  

While the roots of these ragas lie in the classical North Indian/South Asian tradition, this playing does not adhere to any specific gharana (school) or aesthetic.  Manose plays each piece according to what is in his heart.  His experience in a variety of genres, such as jazz, and bluegrass, has also colored his understanding and expression.  The results are profound, unique and very beautiful—quite different than the traditional blend of sitar, tabla, and tamboura.  Highly recommended.  

- Massage Magazine

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