During this time of protest and unrest in the USA, composer/drummer Sunny Jain releases his timely 8th Quarantet music video today titled Rhodes to Punjab.
One of the leading figures in North America’s burgeoning Asian music scene. A global musical alchemist and cultural agent provocateur.– Songlines (UK)
“Celebrating the ancestors, people, and culture of Punjab on the 73rd anniversary of India and Pakistan’s independence. We are one,” says Jain. Jain began the Quartet series at the start of the pandemic in an effort to find a meaningful way to be creative and stay connected with other artists. The idea was based on full collaboration with 4 artists and a video director.
They remotely recorded and sent tracks back and forth to each other with no agenda except in the moment creativity and quality audio and video production. Today is the release of the 8th Quartet, produced by Sunny Jain, called “Rhodes To Punjab.”
Jain manages to find a work that in some way demands the listener and in that interaction he is able to give notions of truly novel music and soundscapes.– Mondos Sonoros (Spain)
This collaboration includes bassist Bubby Lewis (Snoop Dog, Dr. Dre), pianist Rachel Eckroth (Rufus Wainwright, KT Tunstall), violinist Raaginder, director Vishesh Sharma and Jain (Red Baraat) handling drum set, dhol.
Sunny Jain released his debut album, Wild Wild East, this year on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. He is the founder, bandleader and dhol player for the pioneering global band, Red Baraat, and has also performed with Vijay Iyer, Karsh Kale, Ali Sethi, Peter Gabriel, Junoon, Heems (Das Racist / Swet Shop Boys) and many more.
Jain makes everything fire and flow, roll and combust. His drumming is never static or simply ‘in the pocket’; it’s in constant go mode: rolls rattling, beats careening, grooves always pressing, pushing for ecstatic release.– Modern Drummer
Find more information at www.sunnyjain.com
Photo credit: 1) Sunny Jain. 2) Youtube video courtesy of Murad Khan on archive.org.