Bickram Ghosh's Rhythmscape

Bickram Ghosh's Rhythmscape

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Bickram Ghosh's Rhythmscape is the fresh new sound emerging from India. A rhythm-driven high-energy act that is also well-known for the soulful quality of it's melodic premise. Here Indian Classical meets Rock, Jazz and Folk. An amazing line-up of virtuosos who leave audiences awe-struck everywhere

Biography

Bickram Ghosh, world famous tabla player who performed with Ravi Shankar as his tabla accompanist for over a decade created Rhythmscape and leads the band. Bickram played on the Grammy awarded album "Full-Circle" with Ravi Shankar. He worked with Anoushka Shankar on two albums which received grammy nominations. Bickram also collaborated with the late Beatle George Harrison on the latter's posthumously released "Brainwashed."
Bickram has over 60 releases as soloist, collaborator and composer released worldwide today. For more information please visit www.bickramghosh.com.

Six years back Bickram created Rhythmscape (and released the album of the same name)which, as he puts it, "was the culmination of my musical energies that I had imbibed through all my collaborations worldwide". What makes Rhythmscape truly amazing is the fact that while it serves up an amazing repertoire of rhythm, it achieves a melodic soulfullness that is quite unparralleled. The cd released five years back in India (through Sony music) and two years back in the rest of the world has become an enormous success and is considered to be one of the major works in the new-age arena of world music in recent times.

Having performed through the length and breadth of India, Rhythmscape debuted in London's Queen Elizabth Hall to a packed to capacity house. It subsequently performed at the Barcelona Forum in 2004 where it was presented on the same stage as Lenny cravitz, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys and Bob Dylan, and was acknowledged by the Forum as the "best show on the Haima stage". Tours followed in the UK and USA . Last years performance in New York's Joe's Pub was followed by amazing reviews. The group performed at NABC 2007 before a 10,000 strong crowd and was heralded as the best act of the festival. The first cd was followed up by an equally successfull cd called "Beyond Rhythmscape"released in 2007.

What sets Rhythmscape apart from other bands is the lethal combination of brilliance and soulfulness. Some of the world's best known percussionists inhabit Rhythmscape's stage. Besides Bickram, there is V.Suresh on the traditional clay pot, who is the best known player of his generation in India today. Suresh has recently collaborated with Paul Simon. The team also includes the mridangam powerhouse S. Sekhar who played on a number of films directed by the great Satyajit Ray. On the melodic front ,the great Indian electric guitar maestro Amyt Datta and the amazing vocalist Suprotik Das stir up some of the most beautiful melodic moments.

Some comments from India's top musicians serve to describe Rhythmscape well.

"I do feel that Bickram’s Rhythmscape has got a fresh new voice of exuberance…it is indeed very exciting."

-Ravi Shankar, sitar maestro

Rhythmscape has that unique quality of being at once wildly exciting and also deeply moving. Bickram's uncanny tabla skills and love for intricate rhythmic patterns inject a fire and pulse which are impossible to resist. Delicious flashes of Latin or Middle-Eastern flavours blend seamlessly into his concoction, a fusion which stands above many of today's stale attempts at musical integration which are happening in India. Yet through all the frantic travels among rhythms and cultures runs a wistful, haunting pull that is inherently, timelessly Indian. With mellifluous vocals and achingly beautiful instrumental interludes, Rhythmscape transports me to an India which is often hard to find.

-Anoushka Shankar, sitar player

"I have heard many experimental albums, but Bickram Ghosh has definitely given a different dimension to the concept of fusion. I really enjoyed listening to them"

-Amjad Ali Khan, sarod maestro

Bickram Ghosh’s Rhythmscape has "captured the imagination of musicians and listeners alike."

-Shubha Mudgal, singer

"Bickram’s Rhythmscape is simply brilliant. I love performing with him and his group."

-A. Sivamani, percussionist

Discography

Rhythmscape , Sony Music 2002
Beyond rhythmscape, Sagarika Music, 2007
Other prominent albums of Bickram Ghosh:
Interface , A Tabla Odyssey, Talking Tabla, Folktail, Samaa(with Shankar mahadevan, singer in the famed band Shakti), One(with the French band Mezcal Jazz Unit), Drumscape, Full Circle(with Ravi Shankar ), Rise(with Anoushka Shankar), Drum Invasion etc.
Bickram is regularly scoring music for films as well. He has recently completed scoring for a Mira nair production.

Set List

All numbers are original and composed by Bickram ghosh.
typically a one hour set would involve performances of any four numbers from the following:

The Dance of Shiva
Zinc
Little Krishna
Gangotri
The Homecoming
Grasshopper
Sajna
Sawariya
Rhythm Speaks
Rings of saturn
The Awakening

There is always a drum jam towards the end of the performance . This is intensely exciting and Bickram tends to involve the audience in a rhythmic question answer. He also performs an unbelievable act on his own cheeks and then does his famous "bol scat" performance. An impromptu "bol rap" with Suresh is another exciting feature.