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Gregg, J.J.: Re-cycling (IntangibleCat)

A suite based on raag todi from sitar player J.J. Gregg with Pavan Kanekal on tabla; five tracks revised in the studio to create compositions of both sitar music and more experimental forms, the music tying together concepts of water's effect on geologic formation, as illustrated and contemplated in a description from the albums's liner notes.
 

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J.J. Gregg-sitar

Pavan Kanekal-tabla


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Label: IntangibleCat
Catalog ID: cat-24
Squidco Product Code: 33090

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
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"A sitar and tabla album that ties the music to concepts about water cycles and rock cycles and the malleable nature of our understanding of what is 'alive.' Music concept is that this is a sort of cut-up of some aspects of a more traditional Sitar music presentation. It's reassembly (with some experimental inputs, esp track 3) intended as a soundtrack to the story written inside CD cover."-Intangiblecat /p>


Artist Biographies

"A dynamic yet meditative sitar player, J.J. Gregg performs improvised and pre-composed music. With over a decade of hands-on training in India, J.J. immerses western experimental and jazz music into the traditional world of the sitar. He has performed on the sitar in India, Japan, Thailand, and throughout the U.S.

Born and raised in rural Illinois, J.J. spent his teenage years performing and recording experimental rock music. In the year 2000, J.J. moved to Pune, Maharashtra, India to attend a study abroad program and met internationally renowned sitar player Ustad Usman Khan. For the past twenty-one years, J.J. has studied sitar and South Asian Classical Music under Khan's guidance at Naad Mandir in Pune, India. He returned to India seven more times to study with Khan, most recently in December 2018.

In 2016 J.J. Gregg teamed up with dancer Peter de Grasse to create 'Malkauns Meditation,' a collaborative performance based on improvisation in contemporary dance and South Asian Classical Music. The piece premiered at Whitman College in 2017, and they performed together in 2018 at both the Seattle International Dance Festival's 'Art on the Fly' and the UNESCO affiliated World Dance Congress in Mumbai, India.

Just released in August 2022, JJ teams up with tabla player Pavan Kanekal on the concept album 're-cycling'. Recent solo sitar albums include, 'in delicate balance,' in 2020 and 'opening up,' released in April 2018. In December 2021, J.J. Gregg and poet Sherman released their collaboration 'Hell might be a place,' which combines poetry, sitar, and improvisational percussion and hearkens back to J.J.'s many years as an experimental rocker and recording artist.

J.J. Gregg lives in Salem, Oregon where he teaches private and group sitar lessons. In addition to his years of study at Naad Mandir in India, J.J. Gregg holds a BA in Mathematical Economics from Colorado College and a Masters of Education from University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to performing and teaching, J.J. continues to increase productivity in his organic garlic patch and front yard garden with the help of his curious (and hungry) toddler."

-J.J. Gregg Website (https://jjgregg.com/portfolio/about/)
6/17/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Underground Networks 5:50

2. The Logan Formation 17:10

3. External Electron Transfer 3:33

4. Surface Tension 3:32

5. Lightning Struck My Giant Sequoia 9:35

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