Deepak Ram - Flute For Thought
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Flute For Thought (BW104)

These tunes were all written during the past ten years. Some of them are extracts and themes from larger compositions written for Western Classical and Jazz ensembles. They all use elements of Indian music in varying degrees.
Deepak Ram

 


Track Listing (30 Second Samples)

1.
SPACE TIME (1997)

2.
KITU (FOR MY WIFE, 1993)

3.
FATHER OF FLUTE (DEDICATED TO MY TEACHER, PT. HARIPRASAD CHAURASIA)

4.
GLIMPSED MIDDLE REALITY

5. CABBAGE AND ROTI (FOR MY MOTHER, 1987)
It was a cold and rainy day in 1967. We had to stay in class during the first lunch break at First Primary School in Lenasia. It was too cold to play outside. I opened my lunch box and found cabbage and roti, so lovingly prepared by my mother. Hungrily, I relished the cabbage and roti while watching the rain through the classroom window. I still remember the taste. Thanks, Mom.

6.
UPASANA - BETWEEN NOTES
Upasana, a discipline of observing silence in word and thought while trying to gaze within, where bliss awaits. Like the silence between musical notes, where music awaits.

7.
A NIGHT IN LENASIA

8. VRINDAVAN LULLABY (1994)

9.
PRINCE DOWN GERTY STREET (FOR MY FATHER, 1996)
Trotting down the streets of Sophiatown, Prince a horse that pulled a cart, from where vegetables were sold. This was one of the many tasks my father undertook, to provide opportunities for me that seemed so far removed, against the odds and constraints of apartheid. Thanks, Dad.
10.
BETWEEN THOUGHTS (1987)

The Flute, a seer sits in deep meditation chanting the various shades of that primordial sound, Aum, trying to reach that silent space between thoughts. That all-pervading silence of which he is a part. An angel, in the form of a piano, beckons him while the strings in the form of three chords (Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh) cradles him. He dances in the bliss.
Suddenly! Body-mind consciousness re-emerges and he finds himself in the chaos once again, struggling to re-enter that blissful place between thoughts. The angel (piano) re-appears; he dances again in that bliss.
All compositions by Deepak Ram except 'Glimpsed Middle Reality', by Tunde Jegede.
Arrangements by Deepak Ram
Produced by Russell Herman
Recorded and mixed at Livingstone Studios, London - May/June, 1997
Deepak Ram plays on Indian flutes that were made by the late Shri Suryakant V. Limaye of Mumbai, India.