BEYOND CLASSICAL WORLD(s), du Prélude au Raga

World Music, West meets East
Night and Day, Believe Digital distribution

Ariane Gray Hubert is all bound to surprise her audience with this new album of her music. Together with a south Indian ‘ghatam’ she has in a pioneering way created a new niche for western music. Playing the piano and accompanied by her rich mezzo voice, this is a world premiere duet between the ‘king instrument’ of the West i.e. the piano and one of the oldest percussions of India, the ‘ghatam’ or clay pot.

‘Beyond Classical World(s), Du Prélude au Raga’ is a musical masterpiece, inspired by the fusion of music, songs & rhythms in the day and night cycle, composed by an artist who offers the audience another vision of East and West.

“Composing for the first time was a great experience and every piece emerged in a natural manner though with an aura of mystery. The piece ‘Incantation‘ is a tribute to both ancient Indian and Western sacred music. I did not think twice: it had to be played and sung both in Sanskrit and Latin, without losing the ‘touch’ of modernity. This is why I used only the sound of piano while singing and I played it with new harmonies and rhythms. ‘Tamil Nadu‘ is another tribute to a great master of South India, Tyagaraja, and since I was enamored by his kritis, his songs, I wanted to create a musical new game on piano using an innovative vocal rap, similar to ‘konnakol’ in Carnatic tradition. Using the ghatam along with my piano and voice was as natural as playing Chopin or Debussy. Playing with the wonderful percussionist, S.Karthick, enhanced the blending experience between the two traditions.

I will never play Indian music on my piano. My aim is to open new doors in cross-cultural adventures, while remaining myself along this creative process.” Chennai, 2003

1. MOODS
2. TERRE ET FEU
3. GNOSSIENNE – Erik Satie
4. TAMIL NADU
5. INCANTATION inspired by Vedic Chant
6. INDIAN TALE
7. A CELESTIAL ELEPHANT
8. OU SONT PASSES NOS REVES ?
9. MASQUES – Claude Debussy
10. KHILONA…TILLANA