EP review: Tarana – utilizing Indian and East-Asian rhythms as the foundation for a new creative musical experience

Artist: Tarana
Title: After The Disquiet EP
Label: self-release
Release date: October 4, 2011
Genre: elctronica

Review by Jim Hoey

Drummer, improviser, and experimenter Ravish Momin is the guiding force behind Tarana, and on his latest EP, After The Disquiet, his jazz, world, Indian, and electronica roots are mixed with violinist Trina Basu’s plaintive strains and pulsing lines. This collaboration leads into melodic territory and beyond for over 35 minutes, with both instrumentalists leading and building off of eachother in fluid improvisations in real time.

Photo Credit: Carlo Dainese

In fact, what is recorded here feels live and has the urgency of the live performance, of music created in the moment, yet when you fine tune your ears, you realize that there are a lot of subtle loops starting and fading away, glitches and bass-like lines that don’t match a simple rhythm, and you realize it’s Momin working double on drums and electronics, messing with tempos, adding textures into the space that’s been initially laid out. If at moments it feels like the improvisations are stretching and reaching too far, just wait, because the payoff comes in subtle moments throughout each song when the seemingly different styles merge to create a better whole. These are the sounds that it seems Momin and Basu are working for.

Upcoming show: Friday, September 23, 2011, 7pm at Baruch Performing Arts Center – Baruch College: 25th St. (bet. 3rd and Lexington Aves.), NYC

Ravish Momin’s interview