Primary Instrument: Band/ensemble/orchestra
The ragas of North India are the musical 'fossil fuel' for this cutting edge Toronto-based instrumental project. This ancient fuel has been injected into the modern 'engine' of psychedelic laptop rock, and the group's extended improvisations and ambient excursions are constantly pushing the music's miles-per-gallon potential. This blend of Indian Classical music with modern sounds and production certainly evokes the experimental spirit of '60s and '70s psychedelic culture, as do the oil-based liquid light projections that frame the band's performances....
lightsweetcrude's Listen To The Colour began as a studio project helmed by Toronto producer/engineer Jason Steidman (Canadian Brass, Sarah Slean, Brubeck and Braid), whose first significant encounter with Indian music began a journey and quest for knowledge that has lasted many years, and is ongoing. This release took many years to come together, and boasts a great lineup of players including former Blue Note artist and Garaj Mahal founder, Fareed Haque, and a dream team of players Steidman worked with during his years working in the big rooms, such as Rez Abbasi, Ravi Naimpally, Ian De Souza, recent collaborator, Amir Amiri, and many others.
Awards:2x Winner of "Best World" category at the Barrie New Music Awards (2010 + 2011)
- Errol Nazareth, Toronto Sun Oct 14th, 2011
Listen To The Colour (unsigned, 2011)
Tracks: "Kaafi Funk"; "Ahir/Now"; "Bhang Lassitude"; "Yaman Skyline"; "Tilang On The V"; "A Call To You, Piloo".
Personnel: Rez Abbasi: electric sitar; Fareed Haque: Guitsar/Moog guitar; Ravi Naimpally: tabla; Amir Amiri: Persian santur; Myk Freedman: lap steel; Ernie Tollar: bansuri; Brian Okamoto: guitar; Ian DeSouza: bass; Mark Mariash: drums; Ram Vakkalanka: sitar; Alexei Orechin: guitar; Michael Kaler: bass; Mark Segger: drums; Jason Steidman: organ, laptop, keyboards, production.
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