A classically trained pianist, composer, and rock band frontman.
An Indian classically trained santoor player and disciple of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma.
Quite the unlikely duo!
Yet as they say, music does bring people together. A chance jam session of two COMPLETELY different instruments yielded a surprising and exciting combination! With different cultural backgrounds, tuning scales and styles of playing, it shouldn't have worked so perfectly.
As we started playing, Kunal playing variations on old Indian raga's, and me adding chords and a classical piano/orchestral sensibility to it, compositions started to quickly develop. We had this crazy idea of blending the two instruments not as fusion per say, but as featured instruments in a WORLD MUSIC ORCHESTRA -- complete with strings and film score-style textures.
Our album, "Nature Of All Things" was fully funded on Kickstarter.
We booked time in a studio to record both instruments using the best mics and pre-amps, myself on a 100 year old grand piano, and Kunal playing a very special custom santoor that he was given by Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Ji himself!
We originally aimed for three compositions in a weekend, but we got so inspired that we would go home after 12 hours of recording and write another one, only to record the next day -- a total of 7 complete pieces! We were fortunate enough to have the talents of Entcho Todorov (1st Violin), Megan Gould (2nd Violin), Julie Goodale (Viola) & Dave Eggar (Cello) to record some incendiary string parts, overdubbed several times to do the songs justice.
In addition, we have the golden ears of John Rodd to mix and master the album! John is a veteran in the industry, well-known for his work on the top-grossing film "Get Out," as well as the hit TV show, "Breaking Bad." The album is almost ready to release to our Kickstarter backers, and we look forward to a large-scale release in the coming months.
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