Sarathy Korwar Day To Day on LP
The extraordinary debut album from percussionist and producer Sarathy Korwar – Day To Day – fuses traditional folk music of the Sidi community in India with jazz and electronics. It's a collaborative release by Ninja Tune with The Steve Reid Foundation – a charitable trust established by Brownswood / Gilles Peterson with the dual objective of helping musicians in crisis and also supporting emerging talent. Sarathy is an alumnus of the Foundation's development program, mentored by Four Tet, Emanative, Floating Points, Koreless and Gilles Peterson – all trustees of the foundation.
Four Tet notes, "Sarathy instantly caught my attention when he said he wanted to make an album that embraced both Indian folk music and jazz - two worlds that have had a big influence on me. His album succeeds in bringing these things together in an elegant way, but it's his own style and ideas that come through the most in the music. Refreshingly different, this is a deep and powerful listening experience."
Conceived on an extended trip to rural Gujarat, followed by sessions at Dawn Studios in Pune, Sarathy made field recordings of The Sidi Troupe of Ratanpur whose vocals and percussion form the backbone of Day To Day. The troupe features five drummers – their polyrhythms reflect their African heritage, in contrast to traditional Indian drummers who play in unison. Likewise, the Malunga bows (there are only 4 or 5 players in India) bear a striking resemblance to those found in Africa.
"The record is about how we individually and collectively live from day to day. The everyday rituals and tasks that bind us together, it's a celebration of the trivial and mundane," explains Sarathy. The colorful handmade rag quilts that the Sidis make using everyday fabrics serve as a perfect metaphor for the record: "The Sidi women make these amazing collages of color using everyday rags," he says. "That's how I see this album."
Gilles Peterson adds, "Day To Day is an exceptional debut by this multi-percussive artist fusing jazz, electronic and Indian harmonics."