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 Fan's Appreciation By Email

Note from one of our fans - Karthik Ramakrishnan

I stumbled onto your music almost three years back, when my friend suggested 'Vellai Pookkal-Vatapi' medley. A perpetual sucker for the violin, I got roped into the track fairly quickly and I raided your SoundCloud page; that is when I came across your cover of 'Nila Kaigirathu'. I have to admit that I was stumped by the track; your rendition was mesmerizing to the point of putting my mind in limbo; I am not exaggerating. I began to listen to it in the dark, in the wee hours of the day, with silence all around me, except for the notes from your violin. The track remains, till date, one of my favorites of your work.

A few months back, I listened to IndoSoul. Right of the bat, I loved 'Boundless'. The carefree creativity that sprung out from those notes was astoundingly beautiful and it hypnotized me. 'A Saranga Convergence' is a brilliant give-and-take between the band members, an escalating, intercalating ride that pulsates the musical appetite till the very end.'Rejoicing in Raghuvamsa' was beautifully rendered; like you often say, a happy song that transcends many emotions. A fantastic rendition.

I recently attended the concert of 'Karthick Iyer Live' at The Music Academy, Chennai; I have to say that the band's live performance of the album felt no different from the recorded versions; the renditions seemed so perfect, and uplifting too. Right from the beginning, with the rambunctious Boundless and to the Rahman and Raja interludes till the Saranga ConvergenceViswanathan Velai Vendum-Rum Bum Bum and Raghuvamsa, the concert was lipsmackingly good. I didn't want it to end.

What particularly caught my eye during the concert was how happy you all seemed on the stage- that radiated right through to the audience! Also, Sumesh Narayanan and Ramkumar Kanakarajan are such hyper, enthusiastic musicians- an addictive enthusiasm! 

I wanted to drop in a line- well, a rather long note- to congratulate the band on a wonderful concert and an excellent album. I have been a big fan of the way Karthick Iyer makes his violin speak and the concert underlined my awe!

Great going guys!

Cheers,

Karthik Ramakrishnan

Chennai

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.

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.

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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