Karsh Kale & MIDIval Punditz

    Genre : Electronic Jazz

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About This Act :

Onstage, the assembly of turntables, tabla, laptops, trap drums, Indian bansuri flute, keyboards, and perhaps a sitar, harmonium and guitars sometimes perplexes audiences unacquainted with South Asian underground and Asian Massive music. But once the music begins, preconceptions fly out the window for the soundscape that emerges is so seamless, organic and ecstatic that attempts to pin it down suddenly seem absurd.

Karsh Kale
Like his music, Karsh Kale is impossible to pigeonhole. Born in London and raised in New York by Indian immigrant parents, the star producer, singer-songwriter, tabla player, drummer, guitarist, keyboardist, composer, DJ and remix artist grew up steeped in Indian classical and film music even as he developed profound interest in other music including rock, pop, jazz and electronica.

It was while studying music production and performance at New York University that Kale began his career playing the tabla and drumming with local bands. Armed with self-made "electric tabla" and amazing creative energy, it wasn't long before he became a hotly-demanded all-round music-maker, known for creating genre-busting music that inventively fused styles from the different places he calls home – London, Delhi, Los Angeles, Mumbai,New York.

Since then, Kale – in addition to collaborating with longtime labelmates MIDIval PunditZ –has worked with such diverse, top artists as Paul Oakenfold, tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, Ryuichi Sakamoto, P-Funk bassist Bootsy Collins, AR Rahman’s flautist Naveen Kumar, Hollywood film scorer Richard Horowitz, bansuri legend Hariprasad Chaurasia and his nephew Rakesh Chaurasia, Jane's Addiction's Steve Perkins, Lenny Kravitz, DJ Spooky, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Amel Larouix, super producer Bill Laswell, Anoushka Shankar, The Cure, Afrika Bambata and more. He has recorded over 50 collaborative releases and released his own albums such as Realize (2001), Liberation (2003) and Broken English (2005) to tremendous acclaim.

MIDIval PunditZ
New Delhi beatmasters MIDIval PunditZ – childhood friends Gaurav Raina and Tapan Raj – are pioneers of India’s rising electronica scene and have brought to international audiences some of the freshest global music from India.

The duo takes melodies and rhythms from Indian classical and folk music and works them into varied soundscapes with dance grooves, drum 'n' bass programming, high energy trance, jungle, spoken word, vocoderised vocals, synthesised and programmed sounds, Indian classical vocals, and traditional Indian and acoustic western instrumentation. And their music is no exotic hodgepodge. Instead, theirs is an impeccable and intelligent approach that has resulted in tracks described as "masterfully produced, each sound meticulously placed with heart and soul, for maximum impact" (BBC).

So far, their albums and collaborations with top Indian artists like Anoushka Shankar, Kailash Kher, Thaarey Rahiyo, Ustad Sultan Khan, Vishal Vaid and Kale have gotten dance music lovers in raptures. The latest to garner rave reviews is 2009's Hello Hello, their third album (after two acclaimed full-length releases and countless remixes). Also featuring Kale as co-producer/co-songwriter/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist, Hello Hello is a collection of songs influenced by diverse genres that, when performed at Geneva's 2009 The Paleo Festival, had audiences screaming for an encore.