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MoonArra - Sampler
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Release Date: 31/12/2010
Language: English
Publish Date: 27/10/2011

Genre: World / Fusion, Jazz, Light Music / Easy Listening

Previously Released
MoonArra meaning three streams, is a 5 member world fusion jazz band and has performed at major international festivals such as the Delhi Jazz Festival 2012, Bengaluru Habba 2011, The Bangkok Jazz Festival in 2010 and in October 2010 we were privileged to have performed at the re-opening of Little India at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, (which was specially inaugurated by our Prime Minister Manmohan Singh) and Java Jazz festival 2009, Indonesia, In India we have performed at the Bengaluru Habba, Fete De La Musique, Fireflies Festival, Indigo & Blues Jazz Festival to name a few. MoonArra has just launched its album "Indian Accent" and is available at select stores in India.
Madhuri Jagadeesh - Vocals
Jagadeesh M.R. - Acoustic and Electric guitars, Oud
Prakash Sontakke - Hindustani slide guitar, Indian classical vocals
Karthik Mani - South Indian Percussion
( Ghatam, Khanjira) drums and Konnakol
Wilson Kenneth - Electric Bass
Photographer: Karunakaran | Album Cover
Press Release
... The next band was Moonarra from Bengaluru, comprising of Jagadeesh M.R (Guitars, Oud, composer), Madhuri (singer/songwriter), Prakash Sontakke (slide guitar, Hindustani vocals), Karthik Mani (Percussionist/ Drummer) and Wilson Kenneth (Electric bass). Their music was a rich fusion of jazz, Carnatic and Indian classical music, which was a never-heard-before experimental music which they have developed into smooth flowing sound over the years. Prakash Sontakke, who has a rich Hindustani music background, played out melodies from his Hindustani hawain slide guitar that wove into a fine tapestry of sound. Their rendition of the 'Vande Mataram' was totally out of the world! - Jazz just got bigger in Delhi!
Jonathan Vikram Pradhan, HT.com
New Delhi, March 18, 2012

June 15, 2010
One world, many sounds


THE HINDU BRINGING HOME THE WORLD Moonarra at the concert. Photo: R. Shivaji Rao
World fusion band MoonArra draws its influence from many cultures to make a music all its own

A June rain showered the trees lining Le Royal Meridien. Below the graciously curving staircase, at the Grand Madras Ballroom, MoonArra, the world fusion band readied to take centre-stage as the opening act in Alliance Française's Fete de la Musique. MoonArra, meaning three streams, draws its inspiration from “sounds that have travelled from North India to Andalusian Spain to their collective upbringing in Carnatic and Hindustani classical.” The music by Madhuri (vocals), Jagadeesh (acoustic guitar, oud) Prakash Sontakke (Hindustani slide guitar, Indian classical vocals), Karthik Mani (South Indian percussion, drums and konnakol) and Wilson Kenneth (bass) was alchemical, a pause between wakefulness and dreams.

Their first two pieces — an invocation to Ganesha and ‘Lament of McCrimmon', an 18th Century dirge were turbulent, much like the meeting place of the three streams that is their leitmotif. But the band honed their sound as their evening wore on, and when they peaked nine pieces later, it was truly a calm ‘sangam' of cultures. However, only a few from the audience waited long enough to witness this.

Madhuri's strong contralto is quiet, dark and deep as if emerging from a haze with tender, forlorn lyrics that spoke of women, familiar stances of childhood, and love and longing. She sang nothing bombastic and glitzy, which is the voice of much of jazz; instead, she sang melodies without profound displays of vocal agility. ‘If I could sing your blues', a Sarah K original, was performed with plenty of world elements, ‘Blue Fuse' had a wonderful display of scat, while ‘Melody Man', an original composition and ‘Don't conceal the way you feel' were like a crackling fire in the hearth.

Jagadeesh, who first strummed the oud and later the guitar in slow, meditative minor keys played notes, that mused about lost love and uncertain journeys. Prakash, Wilson and Jagadeesh were proficient without being showy, and even the elaborate pieces such as the beautiful instrumental ‘Eastern Song', the award-winning ‘Heart's Guide', and the melodious ‘Dance of Kalyani' with a Hindustani interlude by Prakash, were modest with military precision, impulsive zaps and solemn strings.

MoonArra's lush, soulful world music did not underline much innovation, but had a rich texture in which voice and instrument breathed together to create a harmony that gave the audience an air of being caught up in a musical spell. The notes emerged and faded determined only by the mood of the moment. The band, although influenced by Afro-Cuban rhythms, Arabic strains and Spanish ballads, dissolved them all into one sound with conventional notions of authenticity. Every influence was in its place and the many rudiments were not encouraged to go anywhere they ought not to have been. And, anchoring this tradition was the percussionist, Karthik Mani. With the drums, the kanjira and the konnakol, he secured the band's music with powerful beats and dramatic double time.

MoonArra's music was as chatty as the band, honest without hype and distilled over the evening. It was a bridge to music from across the world with a geography all its own.

It was a pity that most of the audience never ventured to cross it.
Streams of India and Blues Essence
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MoonArra - Indian Accent
Indian Accent (Rock and Raaga WMC21, 2010)

Indian Accent is the debut album by Bangalore-based world fusion band MoonArra. The musicians make a fascinating mix of Indian music, jazz and blues. Their sound is characterized by engaging vocals that include three styles: poetic English language vocals with jazz and blues inflections, Hindustani vocals and konakkol (vocal percussion).

On the instrumental side, MoonArra presents superb musicianship, where the slide guitar morphs from blues style to Hindustani style and interacts with other guitars and oud. The finely-calibrated rhythm section features drum kit and Indian percussion, and electric bass.

MoonArra means three streams. It is a 5 member ensemble that has performed at major international festivals throughout Asia. Band members include Madhuri Jagadeesh on vocals; Jagadeesh M.R. on acoustic and electric guitars, and oud; Prakash Sontakke on Hindustani slide guitar, Indian classical vocals; Karthik Mani on South Indian percussion (ghatam, khanjira) drums and konnakol; and Wilson Kenneth on electric bass.

Indian Accent is an impressive debut album by one of the emerging talents in the Indian world fusion scene.

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January 12, 2011
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Indian Accent; MoonArra

Rock and Raaga; Rs. 350

Q uintessentially fusion, MoonArra fulfils their claim of playing world music. The band has a sound that connects you to a whole new realm of music that cannot be labelled. It is impossible to classify them as Carnatic, Jazz, Pop or any other genre. With lyrics that are arbitrary and poetic, and music that is erudite and classical fusion, the band gives to the world their new album, “Indian Accent”.

The band has been together since the early 2000's and “Indian Accent” is their first ever album. The line up of the band includes Madhuri Jagadeesh on vocals and Jagadeesh M.R along with Wilson Kenneth, Prakash Sontakke and Karthik Mani.

The band collectively has a background in Hindustani and Carnatic music coupled with the harmony of jazz, a brush of folk and a tint of pop, you have ten songs that have been fused with brilliance.

MoonArra's music draws from different cultures and influences and comes together to create a new and individualistic sound, independent of all else. The album opens with “Indian Summer”, a song that lyrically captures the essence of a simple India, an ethnically diverse India, and an archaic India that has been forgotten. “Children brown and happy as the sun, Can you smell the fragrant jasmine,” the song could be a jingle for an Incredible India advertisement. But with Madhuri's voice that changes texture on demand, the song is the highlight of “Indian Accent”.

“Melody Man” has the most striking lyrics among all. With words like crimson and rhythm, and references to mango leaves and turmeric weaves, this song is poetry written and composed by Madhuri and Jagadeesh.

“Blue Fuse” is another song that you continue humming, long after you have heard it several times on loop. Keeping with the title of the song, the arrangement has a very significant blues and jazz sound.

“Eastern Sun” begins with some very intricate strumming, pleasing and you want it to continue without stopping, and it does for the rest of the track. The song expresses the sunrise over the Eastern hemisphere.

The “Dance of Kalyani – Prelude” which has been composed by Madhuri and Jagadeesh is another instrumental which has a strong classical flavour. This is followed by “Dance Of Kalyani” which takes the pure prelude and adulterates it with some smooth jazz and intermittent drumming.

The album concludes with “Theme For Chitti - Prelude” and “Theme For Chitti”. The instrumental pieces are a tribute to Chittibabu, a veena player from Karnataka who experimented with fusion in the later 70s.

Band Members: Madhuri Jagadeesh,Jagadeesh M.R,Prakash Sontakke,Karthik Mani,Wilson Kenneth
Music Producer: MoonArra
Arrangement: Moonarra
Recording Studio: The Music Mint, bangalore
Mix: Soundtech Media, Chennai
Mastering: Soundtech Media, Chennai
Cover Design: MoonArra and Rock and Raaga
Photography: Karunakaran
Disc Production: Rock and Raaga
Marketing: Rock and Raaga
Distibution Company: Rock and Raaga
External Link / URL: http://www.reverbnation.com/moonarra
External Link / URL: http://www.moonarra.com/music.php
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