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Straight outta Calcutta, Rajib Karmakar is one of the brightest stars in World Music. Not just for his dexterity and speed along the frets, but also thanks to his creativity and willingness to experiment by blending different modern styles with traditional ones.
When he’s not touring the world performing solo, he can be heard in several groups including WAHH, which blends India’s classic sounds with jazz, funk and rock.
Who better to lay down a variety of sitar sounds and riffs for the Sunrise in Manali kit in Passport, than a man so inventive that he even created the world’s first double-necked Electric Sitar, the Mayur Tantri?
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Passport is what you reach for when you want 30 different ways to circle the globe. Fluttering Arabian cane flutes, peppy European accordions, Asian tapping cups, bone dry bouzoukis, or otherworldly didgeridoos.
Hopefully you will quickly fall in love with it as hard as Karmakar says he fell for his go-to sitar.
“Sometimes you find things… and you really get a nice connection with it from the first get-go, and that’s what your instrument is,” he said.
Karmakar was in the Output studio recording a sweet collection of sitar melodies that corresponded with different parts of the day when we asked him to describe his unique sounds.
Meet some of the different melodies
The Morning Melody is, “when you wake up, you have that energy but you’re like, ‘let me sleep five more minutes,” he says, “but it has that burst of energy because we’re starting the day.”
The Afternoon Melody is in a different key and has a different vibe. “You feel like there’s that energy, but you need a siesta,” Karmakar explains, playing the exotic sounds of someone who had a full, heavy lunch and now wants a quick power nap.
There’s also Midnight Rock which is energetic, but feels like you’re losing a bit of steam from the long day. “We’re still partying,” he said with a knowing smile, “but let’s get it done and go to sleep.”