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BAGESHREE

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2010

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Established on Jan, 2010
Solo World Singer/Songwriter

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'Ragas, film songs: she sings 'em all'

This is the third album from Indo-Canadian dancer and singer Bageshree Vaze, following on from 'Bageshree' and 'Tarana.' All three draw on the same combination of devotional song and dance, moving between bhajans, film music and tarana (compositions associated with dance and incorporated recited syllables). It is perhaps her ability to move between genres, and Hindustani and Karnatic styles, that is so impressive, particularly when combined with a contemporary sensibility that never spills over into being bland or overly derivative; in other words, she is firmly planted in a tradition and uses this to explore from, rather than adopting a pick'n'mix approach which is so often unsatisfactory.
She puts her powerful voice to good effect in the first two tracks ('Jaya Shankara' and 'Ganesh'), both devotional songs, and continues in similar vein with 'Garjat Barsat,' a 60s film song. Immediately, it's possible to hear a little of the spirit of Hariprasad Chaurasia in the Bansuri (flute) playing of Ajay Prasanna, which dominates much of the disc.
She contributes three of her own compositions, and all pay homage to the dance music to which she feels so connected. The first of these, in particular, has some impressive tabla playing by Vineet Vyas. Ending the disc is a remix of the opening track, and here we find some of the wash of background electronics that characterised her first two releases. In general, however, in much of the disc this is not as prominent, giving the tracks a more traditional feel. - Songlines


Discography

Bageshree 
Tarana (Released as 'Khanak' in India through Times Music
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Ragas and Rhythms

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Born in India, but raised in Canada, Bageshree Vaze is a singer/dancer/choreographer who has trained with some of India's foremost masters in music and dance, such as the renowned vocalist Veena Sahasrabuddhe, and the living legend of Kathak dance, Pt. Birju Maharaj. With four CDs to her credit, Bageshree was named
ubbharta sitara (rising star) by MTV India in February 2004, and the video
for her single Deewana won the 2004 Annecy, France film festival award and
the 2006 ReelWorld film festival award for Outstanding Canadian Music video.
The track Oh Meherabaan was picked up for airplay on BBC radio, and her track
Bhakti was included on a compilation by the Japanese label Dakini records.
Songs from her first CD Bageshree
continue to
be played internationally, and in 2007, her second CD 'Tarana' was released through Times Music in India. This album featured songs used for Indian dance, and the tracks are accessed by dancers worldwide through ITunes. Bageshree has performed in major festivals in North America and India, and her latest CD 'Ragas and Rhythms' is set for release in India through Times Music in 2014.

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