Business Class Refugees K&G
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Business Class Refugees K&G

Chennai, Tamil Nādu, India | INDIE

Chennai, Tamil Nādu, India | INDIE
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"Fusion of ragas and strings"

"A captivating performance integrating samples of music from around Asia and the Middle East with contemporary sound. People were twirling and dancing to the tunes of Kartick and Gotam" - The Hindu


"Shalom, Salaam, Namaste"

"An electro-folk performance by Kartick and Gotam. Under the canopy of a banyan tree, the duo blended classical notes, Rajasthani folk music, fisherfolk music, temple music and south Indian devotional music with contemporary electronic music." - Business Line - The Hindu


"Fusion extravaganza"

"Left the audience spellbound with consummate ease. An exuberant mix of electronica and Indian folk rendered by popular EarthSync artists."


- Expresso - The New Indian Express


"Sync' in the music"

"The moment the first strains of music filled the air, it was ecstasy all around. The band enthralled the audience with one good number after another, and were cheered on with loud screams for more." - The Times of India


"A musical evening"

"Patrick and Yotam took the crowd by storm" - The New Indian Express


"Delicious Global Blend"

“Delicious global blend.

A musical roadtrip with plenty of slyly placed diversions along the way.

Summoning up a dishy Southern Asian base, sprinkled with electronic, folk and funk, Kartick and Gotam ply the listener with a sleek, global sound that dips and soars with a freshness not often found with studio bound projects.

Typical of an EarthSync production, the bag of musical tricks found on this latest CD lends a depth to the compositions.

Kartick and Gotam cleverly graft their sound to the countless collaborations they encounter along their journeys to make a truly global musical tapestry.

Business Class Refugees is astonishingly good, but then we'd expect nothing less from EarthSync.

Propelling a listener around the world from the comfort of a pair of headphones, Business Class Refugees strikes out on a musical journey that is utterly captivating.”
- www.worldmusiccentral.org


"Visa Power"

"A beautiful album" - Time Out Mumbai


Discography

The debut album "Kartick & Gotam - Business Class Refugees" (EarthSync) was released internationally to critical acclaim in July/Aug 2009. The band has started working on a follow-up album scheduled for release in early 2011.

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Business Class Refugees

Patrick Sebag and Yotam Agam, an “Israeli duo with unchecked enthusiasm for Indian sounds” (New Indian Express) has been performing successfully as Kartick & Gotam (also known as K&G), over the past 12 months across India, Australia, Israel and in the US. The energetic and captivating live show hosts on stage a range of excellent live musicians from India and Israel, and a beautiful dancer, backed by stunning visuals.

"This is not only heavenly, it's beautiful" (BBC)

“K&G swept the crowd away, a scintillating performance” (The Hindu)

“Outstanding electronic world music” (Rolling Stone)

“Fresh and innovative electro-folk fusion, beautiful” (Time Out)

“A mélange of Indian and Western styles of music, left the crowd awestruck” (Times of India)

Music producer Patrick (“Kartick”) Sebag and sound designer Yotam (“Gotam”) Agam have collaborated on several EarthSync projects over the past years. Most notably on Laya Project, the award-winning audio-visual documentary and live show celebrating the music and cultural traditions of six countries affected by the 2004 Asian tsunami. They also worked together on the recent EarthSync releases Voice Over The Bridge and Nagore Sessions.

The K&G live show features unique talents such as the flute virtuoso Navin Iyer (recently featured on the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack), vocalist Mahesh Vinayakram (winner of the UNESCO Millenium Award, has performed with artists such as Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin and Talvin Singh, and son of famous Ghatam player Vikku Vinayakram), composer and bass player Eyal Mazig, multi-percussionist Balakrishnan K.V. and an exquisite dancer. The show also pioneers innovative projected visuals.

A unique ear for blending the intriguing local music from around the world that they encounter on their constant travels to remote cultures, with up-and-coming electronic beats distinguishes Kartick & Gotam from the musical mainstream, and propels their exceptional downtempo grooves into a league with such renowned artists as Midival Punditz, Talvin Singh, Thievery Corporation, Nitin Sawhney, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Fila Brazilia, Karsh Kale, Massive Attack and Cheb i Sabbah.

Three years in the making, debut album Kartick & Gotam - Business Class Refugees fuses traditional music samples from around the world with exceptional live musicians and a hefty dose of Western electro-folk-funk. The album released on EarthSync in the summer of 2009, and is available worldwide through EarthSync’s various distribution partners as well as online at www.earthsync.com

Business Class Refugees is a global, collaborative project which mixes local music from around the world with electronica… electro - folk without borders; global flavours, and a cross-cultural mixture of emotions, realities, styles, languages - and irresistible grooves.

“A delectable aural treat, enticing music” (Times of India)

“A musical journey that is utterly captivating, truly a global musical tapestry” (World Music Central)

“Global in form and spirit, transcendental. The album boasts of indomitable energy, its core is Indian but with an unmistakable electro-funk influence, there’s an earnestness and ebullience that is admirable” (Economic Times)