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Two strong personalities stand face to face in the recordings on “Om Keshav”: one individual is convinced that music stands on its own; the other believes that the soul determines the quality and beauty of the music. Despite these differences of opinion, and thanks to intensive rehearsal work at the Karnataka College of Percussion, each of the pieces could be recorded perfectly on its first take so that a harmonious and mellifluous album could be created in just four days of concentrated studio work. With the exception of one composition by Charlie Mariano, all of the pieces were composed by Ramamani, whose scores set to music traditional texts from South India. Her music is solemn and sublime, yet thoroughly relaxed. Her voice floats above the plexus of percussion with rich vibrato in the sung lines. And she leaves the virtuosic Mariano all the space he needs to unfurl his gentle and unmistakable playing.
MARIANO, CHARLIE & R.A. RAMAMANI