Prasanna - Electric Ganesha Land

2/24/2009 02:37:00 PM / Comments (1) / by Punda Jazz@u

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Prasanna plays guitar, quite simply like nobody on the planet. --Phil DiPietro,

...(Prasanna) effortlessly makes his guitar wai, trill, and scream in a way that would've made Hendrix proud. --Victor Wooten, liner notes for EGL

I've never heard an electric guitar sound like that. --Matt Wright, Utah Statesman

About the Artist
'How can you play Carnatic music on a guitar'? is a question that was on everyone's mind when Prasanna daringly took to one of the world's most ancient musical forms on one of the world's most modern instruments - the electric guitar! 20 years on, the question is still asked by everyone but now in disbelief at how Prasanna brings out the subtlest of microtones on a standard electric guitar and goes even further by extending his signature style to Jazz, Blues, Rock, Classical music and everything that he feeds in as a contemporary musician of today. In a world studded with brilliant guitarists, 'Prasanna plays like nobody on the planet' according to one Jazz critic. As a guitarist and composer, Prasanna's prolific body or work is as diverse as it is integrated. This includes over eleven Carnatic albums, the just released Carnatic/Rock Jimi Hendrix tribute album ‘Electric Ganesha Land’, a highly acclaimed Jazz Fusion album 'Be the Change' featuring several Grammy Award winning artists from the Jazz world, an eclectic solo guitar album 'Peaceful', a special triple guitar project 'Guitars' with the Belgian band Aka Moon, an original score for contemporary dance theater adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Tempest' with a premiere in Sydney, Australia, a work for Contemporary and Fusion dance 'Sanaatana' premiered at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, yet another work for contemporary dance 'Soliloquy', numerous sessions work on multi-platinum Indian film soundtracks for such top composers as A.R. Rahman, Illayaraja and many more. His! orchestration and arranging credits include the title score for the Oscar nominated Bollywood film 'Lagaan'. Prasanna's acclaimed guitar instructional DVD 'Ragamorphism', gives an in-depth look at how he stretches the boundaries of improvisation. The North Sea Jazz Festival, Middelheim Jazz Festival, Festival Guitares Du Monde, La Fete de la Musique, Les Orientales De St. Florent Le Vieil, Festival Jazz En Artois, PanaFest, Lotus world music festival are some of the top international festivals Prasanna has performed at. He has performed/recorded with legendary names in the Jazz/ Fusion world including Joe Lovano, Larry Coryell, Victor Wooten, Airto Moreira, Alphonso Johnson, Steve Smith, Kenwood Dennard, Jeff Coffin, David Gilmore, Aka Moon, Kai Eckhardt and from the Indian music world such as A.R.Rahman, Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Illayaraja, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Umayalpuram Sivaraman, Trichy Sankaran and several others. Prasanna holds an engineering degree in Naval Architecture from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and graduated Magna-Cum-Laude with a degree from the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston. His multi-faceted musical personality has been recognized with such diverse awards as the 'Lifetime Achievement Award for Carnatic music for 2003' from H.H. Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, India's most revered spiritual leader and 'Acharya' of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, 'The Berklee College of Music Guitar Achievement Award' (for outstanding work as a Student Jazz guitarist'), 'The Berklee College of Music-Composition Achievement Award' (for outstanding work as a Student Classical composer) and many others. Prasanna is both a traditionalist and modernist and everything in between.

Product Description
Indian guitarist Prasanna delivers an album that clearly shows why he is considered by many to be one of the world's most extraordinary and explosive guitarists. In 'Electric Ganesha Land', Prasanna pays tribute to the great Jimi Hendrix in a way only he can do. With a burning rhythm section of traditional South Indian Classical Carnatic percussion instruments like mridangam, ghatam, thavil, kanjira, morsing and konnakol, Prasanna lets loose on a wild guitar ride that blends classic rock, blues, grunge, metal, pyschedelia and occasional bebop influenced Jazz forays with his distinctive use of traditional microtonal Carnatic music vocabulary. Clothing more than 27 traditional South Indian ragas in an arena rock sound, Prasanna creates compositions that are whacky and profoundly spiritual at the same time. Listen to 'Electric Ganesha Land' and hear yourself going 'I have never heard and will never hear anything like this'. The legendary bassist Victor Wooten says in his liner notes to EGL - 'the music on this CD can only be the work of a great musician'

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