Click set down his traveling bags and his mobile studio in the heart of the Pink City. He steeped himself in traditional Rajasthani chants, passed down from father to son since the dawn of time. He digitized and carried on the art of the ancient music of Lord Rama, doing so in collaboration with Parveen Khan, Amrat Hussain, Sanjay Khan (Dhoad family), Valentina Casula, and Mohamed Bundu, to bring us that which the Hindu tradition would have us experience: happiness and peace.
La tempête - The storm...Chudla Su Falkittu – Pyaro
The clash between the Romanian ensemble Tziganiada and the Rajasthan gypsies of Dhoad, both venerable musician families. They are brethren, separated more than a thousand years ago, with ties reaching far beyond their differences of culture, language, and generation. They share both words and notes, and their rhythmic flow, musical styles, and lifestyles are, at times, astonishingly alike.
L’âme rom - The Roma soul...Sapera Dance - Sajan O – Ajamal
Here, the Roma art of popular festivals, culturally very rich in Rajasthan, meets digital sounds, dub, and even club, all in a whirl of colorful tempos.
Le souffle de Dieu - The breath of God ... Ventilator 2AM Prayer - Araj Sun Lijo Hosted in the middle of the night at the Sufi shrine, sitting Oriental-style under the fans covering the chant of the Imam, the psalmody of peace heralds the boiling of the blood of a follower in a trance state, recorded on the spot.
La brise - The breeze...Aaba Dijo - Araj Sun Lijo
At the tender age of 19, Parveen, daughter of Hameed Khan Kawa, came to a Paris studio, star-like, to breathe new life into two ancient songs handed down through the generations.
Soupirs - Sighs…Tuning
The tuning of tablas, balancing the skins, leather straps and gatta (small wooden blocks), enjoyed here as an interlude.
Atmosphère - Atmosphere...Gazal - In Su Monte e Gonare – Ganegaur
Sanjay Khan, young prodigy of the Rajasthan gypsies of Dhoad, plays the Prince across melancholy, barren landscapes. Click is at the controls of the machines on these pieces with three, six, seven beats to the bar, tempo changes, a passage in a fourteen-beat meter...to traditional rhythms.
Le calme après la tempête - The calm after the storm
In India, where the live performance scene is in its infancy, a creation such as this one is wholly atypical. Initially, we might have feared negative reactions, for Indians are not accustomed to blends of electronic and traditional rhythms; there, too, folk music is intimately associated with religion. Click took the risk, and the brotherhood of man won out.
He drives crazy the customs officers. One day, he’s exploring Indian rhythms with tablas players from the fringes of
Rajasthan. Next day, he’s hitting the road around Bucharest with gypsy musicians. He can vanish in Essaouira during a Gnawa lila's night and reappear in Sevilla as part of a fiesta gitana....more