Suryodaya: The Coming of Light

Yarlung Records: YAR44638

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Suryodaya: The Coming of Light

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3rd March 2014




76 minutes


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Suryodaya: The Coming of Light

Calcutta Sunrise Badal Roy

Raga Jaunpuri Robert Vijay Gupta

Istanpitta (Choniciamento di gioa) anonymous

The Guardian Angel (Passacaglia) Heinrich Biber

Four Songs of Solitude John Harbison

Partita for solo violin Joseph Pereira

Raga Redux Robert Vijay Gupta

Badal Roy (tabla) & Robert Vijay Gupta (violin)



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Badal Roy, famous for his many recordings on Indian drums for Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman, returns in this audiophile recording made in Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. He joins his cousin, the charismatic Robert Gupta, playing the Nathan Milstein Stradivarius violin from 1716. Not only is Robert superbly talented and the youngest member of the LA Philharmonic, but he is also a Senior TED fellow, executive director of Street Symphony (which brings music to homeless mentally ill people, and the real-life violin teacher of Nathaniel Ayers, the person so sensitively portrayed in the major motion picture The Soloist). This recording traverses time and several continents, from the opening Indian raga for violin in tabla (Raga Jaunpuri), through Medieval Europe with Biber’s famous Pasaccaglia through John Harbison’s Four Songs of Solitude and the Pereira suite written for Robert himself. Badal Roy premiers Calcutta Sunrise for tabla solo on the opening track. Roy still wears the same sunglasses and channels the same energy he did in the sixties and seventies. Even before the album’s release, Calcutta Sunrise won the Audio Oasis Award at the 2012 THE SHOW in Newport.

Badal Roy: Calcutta Sunrise

Calcutta Sunrise

Robert Vijay Gupta: Raga Jaunpuri

Raga Jaunpuri

Anonymous: Istanpitta, "Chominciamento di gioia" [14th Century] (arr. R.V. Gupta)

Istanpitta, "Chominciamento di gioia" [14th Century] (arr. R.V. Gupta)

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Passagalia, "The Guardian Angel"

Passacaglia, "The Guardian Angel"

John Harbison: 4 Songs of Solitude

No. 1.

No. 2.

No. 3.

No. 4.

Joseph Pereira: Partita for Solo Violin

Partita for Solo Violin

Robert Vijay Gupta: Raga Redux

Raga Redux

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