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Upcoming - an album along with Bickram Gosh (2011)
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BICKRAM GHOSH ON HIS NEW ALBUM WITH SONU NIGAM AND WORKING LIKE A MADMAN




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An album with Sonu Nigam, a music company to call his own and a project with Hollywood percussionist Greg Ellis — Bickram Ghosh tells t2 about hitting out on a serious note.

What sparked this album with Sonu Nigam?

I met Sonubhai while recording the song Dhundo for Ashoke Viswanathan’s Gumshuda. There was a strong connection. He was looking at entering new territories and, career-wise, I find myself in the same mindspace I was seven years back when I was doing classical music and wanted to expand. After a few phone calls with Sonu, we started talking about an album. Both of us felt that the time we have as artistes has to be utilised. It’s not about success or having 12 films in the kitty but doing substantial work that’s not just for us but also for the cause of music.

What is the album about?

It’s a world music album. There are strains and ideas from almost every possible world music genre we do — Sufi, Latin, jazz. It’s ethnic sounds mingling with niche, semi-popular electronica elements. Sonu is doing the melodies and song compositions and I’m designing the rhythms. We’re trying to feature guest artistes on every track. Till now we have Greg Ellis as a guest rhythm player on his drum kit. He has been the main rhythm player for films like The Matrix series, Iron Man and The Wolfman. There’s also Viswamohan Bhatt on his Mohan Veena and Giuliano Modarelli playing Italian guitar. We’ve laid down the structure of four songs and are through with 30 per cent of the album. Most of the work is happening in parts in Mumbai.


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How is it different from other world music projects?

My previous albums have primarily been driven by Indian sounds. This time I’m bringing in sounds and ideas I’ve gathered while hanging out with other musicians. World music albums don’t always feature songs and rhythms and are more often instrumental. Here we have songs that are in Hindi, English and even Gujarati. Sonu is trying to get on board some American rappers and African vocalists, too. And then there are floating vocals, minimal words and beats that one wouldn’t expect to drive a song. It’s not about loops but raw acoustic energy.

Who’s producing it?

Manisha Dey, who has produced most of my albums, is producing the yet untitled album under the label of a new music company Veecon Music. Ours will be their second product after Amitabh Bachchan’s Hanuman Chalisa.

Weren’t you starting your own music company?

Yes, and I just registered it 10 days ago. It’s called Melting Pot Productions and should be up and running in the next few months. We’re starting off as a music label and then will move into content for television, films, events and artiste management. It started with the idea of keeping my copyright to myself. I was inspired by Shubha Mudgal, who started her online company some years ago and is doing phenomenally well. It’s allowing me to move into a different space and look at a gamut of possibilities. The way forward may not be completely clear but the instincts are strong.

What about composing for films?

I’m not looking at film music as a way forward. I don’t enjoy it half as much. I’m happier making music that is an alternative to Bollywood. I’ve not enjoyed doing music for many of the Bengali films that I have done. I got into it under pressure, gave it a shot and realised I had wasted crucial time.

So films are off at present?

I’ve said no to around three film score offers in the past month. Tomorrow if Sooni Taraporevala offers me another film, I’ll probably jump at it because I had great fun working on Little Zizou but I was never set to become a music director and never will be. I’m on a certain musical journey where I’m happy if something I identify with comes my way. I’m 40, not 22, and I’ve been going through this change over the past year.

How would you describe this transformation?

I’ve minimised my so-called social activities. I hardly go for parties. It doesn’t matter how much of a celebrity I am. If I don’t do substantial work now, I’d have missed the bus. Cutting ribbons and showing my face is not a benchmark for me as a musician. I spent three or four hours every day doing that. Now I want to move away from it. People misunderstand me but I feel I’ve found my space over the past two months. I work like a madman now. Not flippant anymore.

What about your solo projects?

I’m working on a solo experimental album called Tabla Sphere but my solo work is on the backburner at present. I need to expand as a musician and collaboration is the best way to do it. I started the process a few months ago with Remo and what I’m doing with Sonu or Greg Ellis is far deeper. Greg and I are working on a separate project called Rhythm Voyage. It has Zimbabwean musicians, Sufi and classical singers.

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Re: Upcoming - an album along with Bickram Gosh (2010)
« Reply #1 on: 21. May 2010, 06:03:57 »
I'm not flippant as a judge: Bickram
Priyanka Dasgupta, TNN, May 18, 2010, 12.00am IST
   
From turning producer to being an online music guru to doing collaborative works with Sonu Niigaam and Lisbeth Scott of Avatar fame, Bickram Ghosh is keeping a busy schedule. He tells TOI that throwing in a bunch of loops isn’t enough to make a piece of music.

While physical sales of albums are taking a dip, why are you coming up with quite a few albums including a world music project with Sonu Niigaam, Terra Groove with Greg Ellis featuring Lisbeth Scott, Tablasphere and Tagore Lounge?
While the physical sales have gone down, the Internet is so potent especially in the context of products like mine. That’s where the main sales come from as well as events. If I come up with an album, people call me up for shows that have music from that album. Besides, there are still so many companies coming out of albums. If each one of them was facing huge losses, they wouldn’t have been taking them out. Some of my old albums are still in demand at music stores. Moreover, ringtones of alternative music are also in demand. For my world music album with Sonu, he is scoring the melody while I am doing the rhythms. There are songs in every rhythmic cycles between three and nine beats. Lisbeth Scott is one of the most popular vocalists in Hollywood and has been featured in the soundtrack of Avatar, Sherlock Holmes, Breaking Point and Angels & Demons. Terra Groove will feature her and Greg Ellis. Though I am open to experimentation, I must say that throwing in a bunch of loops isn’t enough to make a piece of music. While Tablasphere is an electronica driven tabla album that can be happily played at a night club, Tagore Lounge is experimental in soundscaping without relying on stunts.

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There are reports of you joining a faculty of an online music university with Suresh Wadkar and Sonu Niigaam. Are you as good a guru as your father?

This is the first time that I’ll be teaching music online. A tabla course will be uploaded along with videos. There will be chances of personalised interaction with the gurus. I started my career as a guru. I used to teach at the Rabindra Bharati University and Visva Bharati University. Later, I taught in three different music schools. I stopped teaching because of my performing career. Now that I’m getting back to teaching, I’ll try to be as good as my father.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Entertainment/Music/Im-not-flippant-as-a-judge-Bickram/articleshow/5940930.cms

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Re: Upcoming - an album along with Bickram Gosh (2010)
« Reply #2 on: 06. June 2010, 13:45:07 »


Sonu Niigaam, Bickram Ghosh team up:



One of the great things about music, what infuses life into sounds and gives birth to endless possibilities, is the whole aspect of collaboration. And here is the latest. Veecon has launched a mega project with two big names from the world of music: A singer who needs no introduction, Sonu Niigaam and percussionist Bickram Ghosh, to create a world music project which boasts of some of the biggest international names as guest artists. And theirs will be a symbiotic relationship, freewheeling and embodying all that is positive and should make a musical prioject stand out. While Sonu Niigaam is composing melodies, Bickram Ghosh will weave in world music sounds and rhythms to create their own aural tapestry.

Bickram, how did this collaboration come about?

l I met Sonubhai for the first time when I requested him to sing a song for an upcoming film Gumshuda, for which I scored the music. I had always admired his powerhouse talent and having met and interacted with him, I found him to be a lovely person as well. We found (sic) we had a connection. The interaction that followed resulted in our feeling that we could take our connection to the next level. We were both looking at breaking new ground and felt that being musicians from two diverse genres, we could bring something substantial to the table. With what we have already created, I think we are onto an amazing sound .

Sonu, what attracted you to this venture?
l Bickram has been introduced to me by my longtime friend and colleague Manisha Dey and I found him to be a person who is not just a great artiste but also free from insecurities and negativity, an essential characteristic requirement for any one I’d collaborate with because I believe if the process is not fulfilling, the product is not worth it. Four years back, I was a musical wholeseller like most Indian musicians are, but due to the partial hiatus I took from playback singing, having stayed in America a lot lately, bonding with musicians there and having upgraded my music sensibilities manyfold, I realized that composing comes too naturally to me. I found this collaboration as an opportunity to create and sing music that is far more classy and deep than what we hear usually. I suggested Jackie Vanjari from India and Bickrambhai brought the famous American drummer Greg Ellis (Iron Man, Matrix, 300) on board. Its like magic and the process of recording is like a divine fusion of various perspectives of music.

So what kind of sound are you two creating Bickram?

l The idea is to bring an eclectic mix of artists from across the globe who will help to create a premise of virtuosity and variety. We are also looking at achieving a comfortable mix of acoustic and electronic sounds. We want people to move with us into a musical zone where the brilliance of performance combines with the excitement of composition which is free from the dictat of film.

And Sonu, is your trip into world music a lasting one or one-off?

l Just like interracial sex results in creating an altogether new race of mix breeds, so is the music today. Music lovers and musicians consciously thrive upon different sounds and wish to rediscover music, stretch its boundaries. So all music is world music today. I only thrive to be associated with good music.



http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/music/Sonu-Niigaam-Bickram-Ghosh-team-up/articleshow/6017274.cms


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Re: Upcoming - an album along with Bickram Gosh (2010)
« Reply #3 on: 23. June 2010, 00:19:35 »

People thought I was a loony: Bickram






Guess what Bickram Ghosh and Sonu Niigaam were doing recently? Well, the musicians were penning lyrics for their forthcoming album! Bickram, who returned home from Mumbai on Sunday, is only too happy to have finished penning seven songs with Sonu.

“Our untitled album is a very challenging project, both in terms of rhythm and sound. Sonu and I decided that it would be easier for us to pen appropriate lyrics for the songs since both of us are so much into the project. Sonu’s Hindi is exceptionally good and English is my forté,” says Bickram, who has earlier penned a Hindi song (zara si yeh dhoop hai) for his album titled Samaa and a portion of an English song for the music of Dulal Lahiri’s forthcoming film titled Brishtir Chhayachhobi.

While the idea of spending hours on end at Sonu’s gym to write the lyrics was fun, Bickram insists that the decision to turn lyricist was, by no means, governed by any dearth of good lyricists for basic albums. “We’ve such great lyricists in Gulzar, Javed Akhtar and Prasoon Joshi in Mumbai. In Kolkata, we have the likes of Sanjiv Tiwari and Rakesh Tripathi. But Sonu and I felt that we needed to pen the lyrics ourselves because we were talking about issues that have been important to us,” says Bickram about the album that might have a song by American singer-songwriter Chaka Khan.

While on Sonu, is Bickram aware about the debate over the former’s new ponytail look? “Oh! I don’t see that as a problem at all. I didn’t even bother to ask him anything about it even though he was flaunting his new look when I met him in Mumbai. In India, people do raise a lot of hue and cry about the changing looks of men, but hardly bat an eyelid when women experiment with their looks. I’ve spent too many years in the West to not appreciate any radical ideas,” he says. Does he see himself ever flaunting two ponytails? “I might not,” he says, as a parting shot, adding, “It all depends on the comfort zone of the individual who will have the attitude to carry it off. Twelve years ago when I sported a goatee and wore my Gandhi glasses while performing, even Pt Ravi Shankar had his reservations. But I thought it was funky. When I started wearing accessories that I’d got from Africa, people thought I was a loony since it was hugely experimental for any classical musician to do such a thing then. Today, all this has become too commonplace to even merit any discussion.”


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Entertainment/Music/People-thought-I-was-a-loony-Bickram/articleshow/6075418.cms


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Re: Upcoming - an album along with Bickram Gosh (2010)
« Reply #4 on: 26. July 2010, 13:05:13 »
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BHUMIKA K.

Bickram Ghosh talks about his tribute to Tagore with a lounge album

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Your world music album with Sonu Nigam comes as a real surprise. How did the collaboration come about?

Sonubhai and I met for the first time through our mutual friend who facilitated the recording of the song “Dhoondo” for my upcoming score for the Hindi film “Gumshuda”, which Sonu sang. We kept in touch thereafter and found a connection. In a sense we were both looking to expand our horizons. We realised we both wanted to create music which was not dictated by film.

We are about 60 per cent through with the album and I think we are onto a unique sound. We have written the lyrics together. The melodies are by Sonu Nigam and I have created rhythms in cycles ranging from 3.5 beats to nine beats! Heavily experimental, the album still has a strong commercial appeal. International stars like Chaka Khan, Greg Ellis (rhythm scorer for over 70 Hollywood films including the “Matrix” trilogy etc), Lisbeth Scott (singer “Avatar”, “Iron Man” etc) and others are guests on the album.


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Re: Upcoming - an album along with Bickram Gosh (2010)
« Reply #5 on: 09. August 2010, 03:48:52 »
Sounds on TAGORE
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Another album, Tablasphere, will have his trademark bolscat (mouth percussion) style and tabla played in nine different styles. Ghosh is also excited about his as yet-untitled project with Sonu Niigaam, Greg Ellis and Grammy winner Chaka Khan.
The album will feature taals that musicians have not experimented with before.
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Re: Upcoming - an album along with Bickram Gosh (2010)
« Reply #6 on: 06. September 2010, 11:35:42 »
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Suanshu Khurana Tags : talk, music Posted: Sat Sep 04 2010, 04:11 hrs

Currently he is working on a project with Sonu Nigam on a world music album in which he has collaborated with the US-based popular percussionist Greg Ellis, who has worked in projects like The Matrix Reloaded and Fight Club among 75 Hollywood films.

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Re: Upcoming - an album along with Bickram Gosh (2011)
« Reply #7 on: 07. April 2011, 10:31:05 »
Sonu Nigam turns Bollywood composer

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The rapport between the two apparently goes back to the film 'Gumshuda' for which Bickram had composed the song ‘Dhundo’, sung by Sonu. The bond was strengthened further when the two decided to work on a music album, tentatively titled Heart and Beat. The album, however, still remains incomplete, thanks to the busy schedules of the two top artists. “While working on Gumshuda’s song, Sonu and I exchanged our ideas and felt that we shared the same wavelength. We had a unique chemistry. So we decided to create this album together. And that is what brought us even closer as professionals,” Bickram says. Our current association is the coming together of rhythm and melody,” he adds poetically.
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Re: Upcoming - an album along with Bickram Gosh (2011)
« Reply #8 on: 26. April 2013, 14:24:44 »

Changing tunes

Bickram Ghosh interview:
 "The albums that are in the pipeline are Untabla, Drumrasa, Mortal and Heart and Beat with Sonu Nigam."

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Entertainment/Music/Changing-tunes/Article1-1049548.aspx