IndoSoul

BY KARTHICK IYER

Karthick Iyer is a musician, an accomplished violinist who is taking Indian music to global audiences.

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A melody that just did not work!

It's been quite a different experience for me to work as a composer for a movie when compared to making music with my band to create ‪#‎IndoSoul‬. Apart from the obvious contrast in terms of the stylization of the song, one has to work to meet the requirements of the particular mood of the scene as well as the ultimate vision of the director. Here's a scratch that I made for a sad song that was liked by the team but ultimately did not work for the particular scene. The stage in the movie necessitated a much more intense and emotionally charged number for which I ended up making a totally different song.

However the good news is that these exercises lead to melodies that might come to use for other projects and go right into my song bank, stored for possible future use! Sharing a rough clipping of the melody in question - a song that talks about love lost. It has me singing the melody without any lyrics and my good friend Dondieu Divin arranging it.

Composed by Karthick Iyer

Vocals, Violin - Karthick Iyer
Arrangement/programming - Dondieu Divin


Nagumomo by Karthick Iyer Live

carnatic fusion music | Live concert 

This video is a 9-part video series from our Music Album launch performance at Museum theatre, Chennai, in June 2015. 

Performed by
Karthick Iyer (Violin & vocals)
Vikram Vivekanand (Guitars)
Sumesh Narayanan (Mridangam, Konnakol, Percussion)
Naveen Napier (Bass)
Ramkumar Kanakarajan (Drums)

Mixed by Bob Phukan(Aura studio)
Video by Shivaram(Shutter 24) 
Edited by Madhanagopal

Costume - Swathy(Bhaang store)
Sound - DJ bala(Soundgear)
Lights - Timmy Vanderputt(Audio Sciences) 

Boundless - IndoSoul by Karthick Iyer Live

‘Korappu’ is a compositional format in carnatic music where two musicians exchange questions and answers through their instruments. ‘Boundless’ grew out of this structure, it is a juxtaposition of Raga Shanmugapriya on the violin with heavy metal riffs on the guitar, against the backdrop of tribal rhythms. On its own, Shanmugapriya is a calm raga. But in this unlikely set up, it takes on a dark, powerful, gritty voice that rises above the individual elements. In the end, ‘Boundless’ will leave you on a high - energetic and powerful.

Madras Cover Album feat. Karthick Iyer

A MUSIC VIDEO WITH SUN TV

I landed up in Marina beach (behind Napier bridge) along with popular Sun Music director Karthik Charan to shoot for the channel's upcoming video Madras Cover Album. I played over my existing version of A.R.Rahman's Nila Kaigirathu juxtaposed between a crowd of curious onlookers one one side and the raging waves on the other. I had to look serious and pensive for the video and I quickly found that this came quite naturally to me considering that I was holding my acoustic violin just a few feet from the wave spray. With the camera person, Karthikeyan also being referred to as "Karthik", there were three namesakes in the group, leading to quite a few amusing moments of turning to answer something only to find one wasn't spoken to! I love beaches and quite enjoyed my time there. We spent about an hour there, wrapped up various shots and left back to our respective offices and homes.  

The video released today on Sun Music and I got to catch the youtube version just a couple of hours ago. I really love the way it has come out! Karthik (director) has a nice knack of conveying varied emotions with his shots of Chennai. He has also managed to make me look good on video which is laudable! Nila Kaigirathu has always been a special song and I thank him and Sun Music for having this song and myself as part of this video. The shoot gave me the opportunity to also throwback to the good times I had composing with my good friend Ramprasad Sundar some years ago, who did the music programming and arrangement for this track. He's in the Los Angeles working on many projects there and is going to tie the knot very soon. Wishing him all the best in what life has to give!

Click on the image to WATCH the VIDEO. 

Rejoicing in Raghuvamsa

ABOUT THE SONG:

As a grand finale to this album, IndoSoul, Karthick Iyer Live presents ‘Rejoicing in Raghuvamsa’, ending it where it all started. Composed by Patnam Subramania Iyer, Raghuvamsa Sudha is one of the happiest carnatic songs. This is a classic violin piece in Raga Kadhanakudhukalam, and serves as a conclusion in carnatic concerts. This high energy piece is as much fun to perform for the musicians in the band, as it is for the listeners in the audience.

 

Performed by Karthick Iyer Live
Violins/Vocals/Lyrics - Karthick Iyer
Guitars - Vikram Vivekanand
Bass guitar - Naveen Napier
Mridangam/percussion - Sumesh Narayanan
Drums - Ramkumar Kanakarajan
Percussion(At the Theatres) - Allwyn Paul

Mixed by Biju James, Bob Phukan
Mastered by Andy Bartow
Recorded at VGP studios, Aura Studios


Boxed Out by Karthick Iyer Live

LIVE CONCERT VIDEO

Performed by
Karthick Iyer (Violin & vocals)
Vikram Vivekanand (Guitars)
Sumesh Narayanan (Mridangam, Percussion)
Naveen Napier (Bass)
Ramkumar Kanakarajan (Drums)

Mixed by Bob Phukan(Aura studio)
Video by Shivaram(Shutter 24) 
Edited by Madhanagopal
Costume - Swathy (Bhang)
Sound - DJ bala (Soundgear)
Lights - Timmy Vanderputt (Audio Sciences)


Manavyala in our Mind (Studio Version) by Karthick Iyer Live

Manavyala in our Mind, one of our early Carnatic adaptations, became synonymous with our sonic character and theme. Our live version on YouTube that we had played three years ago at my sister's wedding was the first time we had ever performed it. While recording our album IndoSoul we decided to make a studio version of this song as well. There's something about this Thyagaraja krithi in raga Nalinakanthi that continues to fascinate through decades and centuries. Vibrant and positive it can never grow old! Here's our humble tribute to the great composer.

PERFORMED BY KARTHICK IYER LIVE:

Karthick Iyer (Violin)
Vikram Vivekanand (Guitars)
Sumesh Narayanan (Mridangam, Konnakol)
Naveen Napier (Bass)
Ramkumar Kanakarajan (Drums)

Recorded by Bjiu James at VGP Studios, Chennai
Mixed by Bob Phukan at Aura Studios, Chennai

VIDEO

Cinematography by David Weston
Edited by Selva

Clown's Junket by Karthick Iyer Live

ABOUT THE SONG:

The song that started it all! Our first single started with Naveen and myself jamming together on the acoustic guitar and violin almost three years ago. A happy go lucky tune that marks the many milestones that we have and the happiness that we get from reaching them despite the hurdles in the path.

Performed by
Karthick Iyer (Violin)
Vikram Vivekanand (Guitars)
Sumesh Narayanan (Mridangam)
Naveen Napier (Bass)
Ramkumar Kanakarajan (Drums)

Mixed by Bob Phukan (Aura studio)
Video by Shivaram (Shutter 24) 
Edited by Madhanagopal

Costume - Swathy (Bhang)
Sound - DJ bala (Soundgear)
Lights - Timmy Vanderputt (Audio Sciences)

 

Boundless by Karthick Iyer Live

LIVE CONCERT VIDEO

how did the song evolve?

As soon as we played this song in the jam room, we knew we had landed on something extremely powerful, and very different from our usual sound at that. IndoSoul is a journey of discover for us and it was amazing to see how the raga Shanmugapriya transformed magically with powerful guitar riff. Along with the tribal drums and bass grooves, the song gets a distinctive metal feeling!

 

Performed by
Karthick Iyer (Violin & vocals)

Vikram Vivekanand (Guitars)

Sumesh Narayanan (Mridangam, Konnakol, Percussion)

Naveen Napier (Bass)

Ramkumar Kanakarajan (Drums)

Mixed by Bob Phukan (Aura studio)
Video by Shivaram (Shutter 24
Edited by Madhanagopal

Costume - Swathy (Bhaang store)
Sound - DJ bala (Soundgear)
Lights - Timmy Vanderputt (Audio Sciences)

A Saranga Convergence by Karthick Iyer Live

A Saranga Convergence started out from a quest initially to make a psychedelic song. However what came about was a song that had strong influences of progressive rock and time signature experiments along with a carnatic 'thillana like' melody . This whole song came about within a few hours of jamming with the musicians and remains one of our favourites. Happy to share with you a video of our studio recording at VGP studios a couple of months ago.

Mid Air by Karthick Iyer Live

LIVE CONCERT VIDEO

About The Song:

Mid- Air started off as a random tune in raga Harikambodhi in my head while on a flight from Auckland to Queenstown during my honeymoon. I recorded this tune onto my iphone and sent to the band. When we met a month later in Chennai, the song started to take shape. The song features an interesting interchange between the guitar and violin supported by a powerful groove reminiscent of a 60s or 70s classic rock song with a carnatic twist.

This is the first video in a 9-part video series from our album launch performance at Museum theatre last month. This video features audio elements from both live and recorded versions of Mid - Air.

 
Performed by
Karthick Iyer (Violin & vocals)

Vikram Vivekanand (Guitars)

Sumesh Narayanan (Mridangam, Konnakol, Percussion)

Naveen Napier (Bass)

Ramkumar Kanakarajan (Drums)

Mixed by Bob Phukan (Aura studio)
Recorded by Biju James (VGP studio), Sumesh Narayanan
Mastered by Andy Bartow
Video by Shivaram (Shutter 24) 
Edited by Madhanagopal

Costume - Swathy (Bhaang store)
Lights - Timmy Vanderputt (Audio Sciences)


IndoSoul - Looking Within To Look Beyond | Launch of 1st Music Album

ABOUT INDOSOUL

Chennai-based Karthick Iyer, composer, violinist and singer, and at the helm of the 

music band, Karthick Iyer Live, has pioneered the album, and genre, IndoSoul. 

IndoSoul is deep, soulful, and has its roots in Indian music, but attempts to 

transcend cultural and national boundaries and horizons, and has been specifically 

composed and designed to suit the taste of the modern-day, multi-cultural, global 

listener.

 To literally explain the genre, as the name suggests, Soul depicts deep, and Indo 

represents a relation to Indian civilisation and the country’s traditional music. 

IndoSoul is open-minded in a sense that it absorbs and is influenced by different 

cultures, geographies, and genres from across the world. The brand has gone that 

extra mile to ensure that the sound/album is not mistaken for fusion music, as the 

sound has been definitively defined and targeted. 

IndoSoul has been developed by Karthick Iyer Live comprising a group of musicians, 

experts in their own space, who work together to create new sounds, and more 

importantly, to learn from each other. IndoSoul is fresh, accessible, and is a sound 

that will satiate listeners who are rooted in their culture, and are yet seeking a slice of 

newness, and innovation.

Launch of 1st Music Album - "IndoSoul - Looking Within To Look Beyond"

Event Details: 13 June 2015 at Museum Theatre, Egmore

 

Karthick Iyer Launching IndoSoul 1st Music Album


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