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Nitish Kulkarni — Listen.

Apr. 13, 2018

(World music)

When you seek those quiet moments in your life, this World music project simply titled Listen. from composer/producer Nitish Kulkarni is a satisfyingly beautiful bouquet of melodic bliss – one that will prove to be just what a tired, troubled, or overworked soul needs. This is one of those albums where you must settle back and let the multiple moments engulf you from beginning to end.

A Canadian-born American citizen of Indian descent, Kulkarni embraced the nuances and wonders of World music at any extremely early age, staging his own imaginary concerts at age 2. From the time he was in 12th grade, he was actively recording in his home studio, producing dozens of his original compositions which he posted online.

His early musical influence being Yanni, Kulkarni studied Yanni’s approach to melodies, rhythms, and production. A lot of that melodic influence can certainly be found here on such tracks as the beautiful “When I Go” and “Wordless” while tunes like “Mapmaker,” the three versions of the short title track, “All Around You,” and “Sense of Touch” show the artist’s own signature creativity and approaches.

There is not only exoticism and mystique in this music, there is soul-deep quality and breadth. As he says, “With Listen., my idea was to marry elements of my studies in ethnomusicology with modern music sensibilities from all the musical styles I enjoy listening to. I wanted to create an album that makes world music accessible to people who don’t normally listen to as much world music as I do, and show just how similar all of us around this tiny planet really are.” Simply profound and so well-stated. The music here bears him out as will your own musical sensibilities.
There is so much warmth and so many opportunities to mentally and emotionally connect with Listen. One would be hard-pressed to deny its attractiveness and engaging charm. Do yourself a much-needed favor, grab this one and melt away with it to a place of peace and release. – Ronald Jackson