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Hamburg, Hamburg City, Germany | INDIE

Hamburg, Hamburg City, Germany | INDIE
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... ausgetüftelte Unisono-Melodien bei aberwitzigem Tempo mit einer Leichtigkeit,
die jede Progressiv-Metalband erblassen ließe ...Weltmusik auf Weltklasseniveau.
Hildesheimer Allgemeine, Juli 2003

Virtuose Klangmeister, intensive Tonmuster, dichte, phrasenverschobene rhythmische Strukturen ...
FLZ, 31.Mai 2003

... wahre Meister ... Temperamentvoll, leicht und unglaublich kraftvoll bewegte seine Musik
die erfurchtsvoll lauschende Menge. ... herausragende Musikalität ...
Hildesheimer Zeitung, 30.9.03


Das Sanskrit Wort 'Ahimsa'steht für Gewaltlosigkeit, Mitgefühl, Liebe und Ehrfurcht gegenüber
allen Wesen und Lebensarten....... - german newspapers


“... elaborated unisono melodies and insane tempo with
an easiness ... any progressive-metal band would go pale
... world music on world class level.”
(Hildesheimer Allgemeine, July 2003
“virtuous sound masters, intensive soundscapes, tight,
‘phase shifted’ rhythmical structures ... “
FLZ, May 2003
“true masters ... very lively, light and unbelievable powerful
... ther music moved the devotedly listening crowd. ...
extraordinary musical impetus ... “
Süddeutsche Zeitung, October 2002
- english version


Discography

7 Steps to Liberty-Step 1
earslovemusic.de
What is the Spirit of nature ?
acoustic-music.de

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Ahimsa is a four-piece world music ensemble, based in India, Switzerland and Germany.Seamlessly weaving guitar, violin and both North & South Indian percussion, their music is a stunning fusion, masterfully blending traditional Indian Carnatic music with elements of western classical music and jazz.

The group grew out of a chance meeting between German jazz guitarist Matthias Muller and South Indian violinist S. Radhakrishna in 1999, which blossomed into friendship, mutual admiration, and eventually this musical partnership. With the addition of a bassist and two ace Indian percussionists, the original line-up of Ahimsa was born, and their debut album What is the nature of Spirit? garnered broad critical acclaim. They chose as their name the Sanskrit word which denotes non-violence, reverence and compassion for all beings and forms of life. Today Ahimsa tours as a quartet Matthias on guitar, Radha on the rare Indian double-necked violin, and ace percussionists Udai and Yoga, from North and South India, respectively.

In Ahimsas superb musicianship and fiery compositions, the complex rhythmic structures and raga improvisations are extemporaneous, yet meticulously balanced with the harmonic diversity of western classical music and the unlimited expression of jazz. The band creates daring and compelling explorations, played with a virtuosity reminiscent of the legendary Shakti --yet at the same time innovative, fresh and uniquely their own.

Attesting to their dazzling virtuosity in live performance, the bands individual members have collaborated with a veritable whos who of modern music, from maestro Yehudi Menuhin, Pandit Ravi Shankar, and Stephane Grappelli to Dr. L. Subramaniam, V.M. Bhatt, Debashish Bhattacharya, Bickram Gosh,Tanmoy Bose and Zakir Hussain.

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