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.
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)
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
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)
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)
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
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.