Brattleboro local, Joel Veena, recently released a new album entitled “Chintan.” Have a listen!
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A jugalbandi between Indian slide guitar and Bansuri. Joel and Amit met in 2016 by chance at a sarod concert in Delhi. After several missed connections, they finally sat down to play together in the winter of 2018 in Amit’s home in Chadni Chowk, Delhi. They quickly found a brilliant chemistry while playing together, held three days of practice sessions and then headed to Satish Babbar Studios in Delhi to record this album before Joel returned to Mumbai.
What has emerged is an exciting, fresh rendition of Raga Bhimpalasi by two young artists exploring their collaborative potential. Also, a recording of Joel Veena’s original song, ‘Jai Love’, often performed at his concerts and now for the first time available on recording.
Despite the quickness with which this album came together, a good many hours were spent in planning their improvisations and how to make an effective recording even without tabla accompaniment. Hence Amit came up with the title ‘Chintan’ or ‘thought and meditation.’