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Ravi Iyer Born and brought up in Mumbai (India), Ravi Iyer has been actively involved with the music scene in India since mid 80's. He's been the driving force behind some of India’s biggest Rock Acts like Witchhammer (1980's), Vayu (2000 - 2008), and Para Vayu (2009 -2012). As a Guitar player he has been at the forefront of the Indian Rock Scene and has also performed with some of the greatest maestros in India like Ustad Fazal Qureshi (Ustad Zakir Hussain's Brother) and Sivamani. His is one of the most versatile guitar players who believe that there are no boundaries in music and genres.
Vravi Guitar Fusion Started in the September of 2011, VRAVI - GUITAR FUSION was an idea whose time had come. The solo project is an honest attempt at extracting a completely pure and traditional sound out of the guitar while making it the protagonist of the act.
The Vravi Guitar Fusion Project allows Ravi to fuse elements of various genres with Indian Classical Compositions. This project also allows him to collaborate with musicians from different countries who have travelled to India. The Music is based mainly on Indian Classical Ragas and blended beautifully with western and other Indian instruments. The sound is Indian yet reaches out to an international audience.
The Albums Ravi’s First album Rocking Raagas was released in 2003. Coming from a family with a Strong background in Classical music and his formal Training in Tabla in a very young age this album was an idea waiting to be executed. The sound of this album is a blend of Indian Classical Raags, Rock, Blues and Electronica.
“Bends” Bends is Ravi Iyer’s second Solo album after Rocking Ragas (2003). Trading complex chordal harmonies for more Indian bends, this album is all about sound straight from the soul - just the way traditional music has been. The tabla/percussion and bass guitar for constant companions, the project will also see some of the finest artistes being thrown into the blend to make a sound that is, well, as pure as it can get.The Album was recorded as a part of three different performances at the Blue Frog, Mumbai (India) and features a number of artists from India and abroad like Clio Karabelias from Greece on the Harp, Jake Bloch From LA on the Drums, Sridar Parthasarathy on Mridangam, Rahul Phophali on Tabla, Pelle Kruse on the Blues harp, Rupak Dhamankar on Tabla, Crosby Fernandes on Bass, Sonu Sangameswaran on Bass.
TRACK LIST FOR “BENDS”
1. OM (RAGA YAMAN) - RAVI IYER, CLIO KARABELIAS, CROSBY FERNANDES, RUPAK DHAMANKAR, SRIDAR PARTHASARATHY 2. GREENSLEEVES (ADAPTED VERSION) - RAVI IYER, CLIO KARABELIAS, CROSBY FERNANDES, RUPAK DHAMANKAR, SRIDAR PARTHASARATHY 3. HAMSADHWANI (RAGA HAMSADHWANI) - RAVI IYER, CLIO KARABELIAS, CROSBY FERNANDES, RUPAK DHAMANKAR, SRIDAR PARTHASARATHY 4.TODI JALDI (RAGA TODI) - RAVI IYER, CLIO KARABELIAS, CROSBY FERNANDES, RUPAK DHAMANKAR, SRIDAR PARTHASARATHY 5. RAIN SONG (RAGA BRINDAWANI SARANG) - RAVI IYER, CLIO KARABELIAS, CROSBY FERNANDES, RUPAK DHAMANKAR, SRIDAR PARTHASARATHY 6. DURGANAAD (RAGA DURGA) - RAVI IYER, SONU SANGAMESWARAN, RUPAK DHAMANKAR, JAKE BLOCH 7. TODI JALDI (REPRISE) - RAVI IYER, SONU SANGAMESWARAN, RUPAK DHAMANKAR, JAKE BLOCH 8. PERC IT - SRIDAR PARTHASARATHY, RUPAK DHAMANKAR 9. RAIN SONG (REPRISE) - RAVI IYER, CROSBY FERNANDES, RAHUL POPHALI, PELLE KRUSE
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