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Filter Coffee

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Mumbai’s finest fusion ethnotronic outfit, FILTER COFFEE have arrived for their tour of UK which runs throughout July, including the Sangita Sounds & Inspiral Lounge event on 20th July 2013.  Untill now, most producers of electroacoustic indofusion music were not classically trained, but in Filter Coffe we hear the true fusion of two schools or traditions, the ancient North Indian Classical and the modern Electronic Technological.  Exciting music for exciting times!





Put together some guitar riffs, the sound of a bamboo flute, a tabla and throw in a funky electronic groove, brew it with some earthly vocals and you get ‘FILTER COFFEE’.

Filter Coffee is an Indian Folk – Electronic collaborative project brought to life by tabla player/percussionist Swarupa Ananth & flautist Shriram Sampath both who also double up as music producers. Their live performances include a unique blend of Indian Classical/Folk, instruments and voices with electronic grooves.

About Swarupa: – One half of “Filter Coffee”- Swarupa, a powerhouse performer, is one of the finest female tabla players in India. A disciple of Late Ustad Allarakha & Ustad Zakir Husain, a multitalented artiste, she plays the tabla, drums, djembe, bagalbaccha and a variety of percussion instruments from around the world.

About Shriram: – The other half of “Filter Coffee”, Shriram is a disciple of the World-renowned Flute Maestro Pundit Ronu Majumdar; Shriram specializes in playing the Indian Bansuri. Apart from the Bansuri, he’s also well versed with playing woodwinds like the Chinese Dizi, Bamboo Saxophone, Metal Flutes, Penny whistle, Didgeridoo, Ney – Egyptian flutes.

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The Morchang is the name of the Indian variety of the ancient and beautiful instrument known around the globe as the Mouth Harp.  There are at least 50 different varieties of Mouth harp found worldwide, each with their own tone and timbre but there is a Universal sound of Mouth harp that is distinguishable by its other-worldliness.  Here are some examples of different styles and sounds of Indian Morchang.

Chidanand Ananda

Chidananda is a talented young Morchang player from Bangalore, India.  He started playing 6 years ago and his Morchang Gurus (teachers) are Vidwan G.Guruprasanna a verstile Khanjira(frame drum) Artist and Vidwan Anoor R.Ananthakrishna Sharma, (renowned Mridangam Artist).  Here is a video of his playing and an article he for wrote us about Morchang and his perspectives on the instrument:-

Morching is a South Indian classical music instrument which is world renowned as Jews Harp (Mouth Harp) and called by different names at different places all over the world.

In India its called as Morching,morchang,morsing etc…

Its an ancient and tiny Instrument which is played with read more »

Kabir Festival 2012

The wonderful folks at THE KABIR PROJECT have informed us of advent of their excellent Kabir Festival in Mumbai.  From  17th – 19th February 2012, the festival plays host to a full spectrum of musicians from across India who sing Kabir Songs in a variety of regional dialects and musical moods.  The most gracious Padma Shree awardee, Prahlad Tipanya and party will be there once again as will the ever exuberant Mukhtiyar Ali and party.  If you are in Mumbai it is highly recommended you attend!

 Kabir Festival is focused to introduce the audiences of Mumbai to the message of Kabir which is perhaps even more relevant today than it was in his time. A confluence of films as well as live folk music by folk artist from different parts of India including Rajasthan, Kutch, Malwa. The three days of the festival will have multiple events at different locations, all completely free and open to the public on first-come-first-served basis.

For more info on Kabir Project :- www.kabirproject.org

Click “READ MORE” to see the official listing for the events taking place on 17th – 19th February 2012…

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The All-India Sufi & Mystic Music Festival takes place in multiple cities across India each year.  November & December 2011 will see 3 weekends of performances at Purana Qila, Delhi, the Horniman Circle Gardens , Mumbai  and Tollygunge Club, Kolkata featuring a broad spectrum of International musicians.

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We’ll be posting a review of the Mumbai shows later this month, but here is something to whet your mystic appetite in the form of the complete list of performances featured :-


19th November 2011, Purana Quila, Delhi
Zikr-e-Rifayi – Fakirs (Andhra Pradesh)
Jikir-Jari – Hafiza Begum Choudhury & Group (Assam)
Baul Songs – Parvathy Baul (West Bengal)
Sema – Whirling Dervishes (Turkey)
Kabirbani – Mukhtiyar Ali & Group (Rajasthan)
Sufi Qawwali – Fareed Ayaz & Group (Pakistan)

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