Lehera & Sarah Buechi

Lehera & Sarah Buechi

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Award winning Swiss singer, SARAH brings her unlimited vocal prowess to IMA Vox Populi and JPF Award winning trio LEHERA - genre-tripping and energetic acoustic world music - slide guitar, violin, bamboo flutes, funky, bluesy guitar driven by ghatam, percussion and exciting vocal drum syllables.

Biography

LEHERA brings together their roots in Indian music and Western musical forms to create a compelling cross-genre experience. SARAH BUECHI is a highly skilled Swiss vocalist who has made her mark as an exciting and diverse singer in the European jazz and world music scene. Sarah was awarded the Friedel-Wald Foundation Prize in Jazz Performance and at the age of 28 is head of the Jazz vocal department at Newpark Music Centre in Dublin.
She has studied Karnatic classical music and Konnakkol extensively at the Karnataka College of Percussion (Bangalore) and has performed in prestigious Indian venues and ensembles. She brings to IMA Vox Populi, ISC and JPF Award winning trio LEHERA her truly virtuosic vocal prowess to compliment the trio's genre-tripping and energetic acoustic world music sound. Vocals in English and Classical Indian styles intertwine with Hindustani slide guitar, violin, funky and bluesy guitaring and bamboo flutes and are driven by exciting Ghatam (Clay pot drum), Konnakol (Carnatic drum language) and world percussion.

LEHERA
LEHERA brings together their roots in North and South Indian classical music and Western musical forms to create a genre – tripping vibe both energetic and contemplative. Vocals in English and Classical Indian styles intertwine with Hindustani slide guitar, violin, bamboo flutes and vocal harmonics and are driven by exciting Ghatam (Clay pot drum), Konnakol(Carnatic drum language) and world percussion peppered with funky and bluesy guitaring.

“The music has the rigorous qualities of classical music and is also marked with the liberties that make up funk, folk and modern music.”
Joyce Janvier-Gagnon, Radio Canada

“I firmly believe in the Lehera project. It has a lot of energy and is well played!”
– Dave King, bassist ( Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Laurie Anderson, Jimmy Smith, Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner Billy Cobham, Elton John etc)

“WOW! I love it!!I played it three times in a row.”
Diana Stewart-Imbert, Artistic Director, Vancouver World Music Collectives

“Though the artists are from different traditions, their performance was unique and outstanding”
- Ms. Ramamani, Karnataka College of Percussion.

“The band has expertly blended everything from konnakol to blues and jazz guitaring to vocal harmonics”
- The Hindu, Bangalore.

Lyrics

Collateral Damage

Written By: Prashant John

Life is getting stranger everyday
crisis beamed directly into our brains
blind leaders lead the blind
into the darknesses of their own minds
corporate media tell us nothing
nothing real of our crazy world
children growing up in death and destruction
no fields of daisies in their war - torn world
we are citizens of a dying earth
we are the same in death and birth
together we will have to stand and face
the danger threatening ourr human race

Collateral Damage is driving me insane
Collateral Damage, it's only my brain
driver please stop, I want off this train
driver won't you stop, why can't I get off this train

We have to think on our feet, on the move, on the run
dying rivers, shrinking forests, heating sun
aching broken world so full of pain
paranoia, power, ruthless gain
ancient civlizations decimated
escorted into desperate anarchy
flags are bits of cloth used to shrink wrap our minds
dividing us into countries with chalk lines

Chorus
Collateral Damage...

Tat Tvam Asi

Written By: Prashant John

this world is unreal / it is mere appearance
soul is identical with satchitananda bhramma
equip yourself with the four means / meditate on om with bhava
and realize the self

Tat Tvam Asi /you are That

Self is hidden in all beings like butter in milk
it is seen by seers with sharp and subtle intellect
who practise constant deep meditation

Tat Tvam Asi /you are That

mind is is just a play of magic
it’s the son of a barren woman
opening the doors to let the light in
abiding without concepts in the freedom sky

Discography

EP
Lehera with Sarah Buechi