In these two tracks, which will be part of his upcoming CD, The Melodies of Sri Chinmoy, Part 2, Pavaka Ritchot gives us once again a sample of his flowing musicality. Here are some of his notes about these two arrangements of Sri Chinmoy‘s melodies:

“Both Amar Jibane and Ami Habo are melodies by Sri Chinmoy to which I added chords and improvisation sections. They were recorded in Manitoba, Montreal and NY with good friends, trying to keep everything as live as possible. Sri Chinmoy writes music following his pure inspiration and with what seems like complete disregard for meter as we’re used to in the West. I find it interesting to use the music with the exact time value of each note. The result is odd sounding meter and time signatures. What is important for me is keeping the consciousness and flow as nice as possible.”

“Both songs were recorded with a friend of mine Daniel Roy, who is a professional percussionist, and with Premik Russell Tubbs and Saral Opera. The four of us were never in the same room together but that’s what the magic of recording studios can do. On Amar Jibane, the percussions are Udu, Rebolo and Cymbals and Saral Opera is playing trumpet. Ami Habo is more of a regular drum kit. I try to keep to Sri Chinmoy’s melodies exactly as they were transcribed so the pieces end up having very strange time signatures. It’s a challenge to count them out from a percussion point of view. Premik plays soprano saxophone on both tracks.”

“These pieces will likely be on a CD that should come out sometime in 2009. At the time of writing this, I am still searching for the best approach. I really want to do the best I can because I feel that Sri Chinmoy’s songs are extremely precious.”
– Pavaka

Artist: Pavaka Ritchot
Release year: 2007
Duration: 6:34
Acknowledgements: Sri Chinmoy, Pavaka Ritchot
Format: Advanced Audio Coding