WEAVING MY
ANCESTORS' VOICES

 

 

 

 

   


Sheila:

That's right. On the Monsoon album we used the same scale on a track called "Eyes" and so the medley on "Weaving My Ancestors' Voices" is "Ever So Lonely", "Eyes" and then a new track called "Ocean", which is again written on the same scale and they're all written by Steve Coe, who founded Monsoon and produced for them. And so it seemed very apt to bring people, sort of full circle and to remind them that Monsoon wasn't just about a lush production and being able to make something sound Indian by sticking a sitar on it or a tabla on it but that if you strip the song down to its barest components, which was the melody line and the drone that it would still sound Indian and so that's what the track on "Weaving" illustrates.

John:

OK, so it's a medley of three tunes all built around the same raga scale.

Sheila:

That's right.

John:

All right, well let's hear it. Sheila Chandra, from the CD "Weaving My Ancestors' Voices" on tonight's edition of New Sounds.

THE SONG IS PLAYED

John:

We've just heard a medley of three tunes from "Weaving My Ancestors' Voices" - the latest CD by Sheila Chandra who is here with me in the studio, on this edition of New Sounds, and all three of these pieces written by Steve Coe who still produces your recordings?

Sheila:

Yes, and we arranged them together for this recording but ... yes.

John:

He's not as busy as a musician this time around, since there are, as you say, this is basically, a singer's record.

Sheila:

Yes.

John:

But a lot of the production that you've employed prior to this recording was very, you know, came very much out of the western, sort of, pop school, over dubbing and things like that, mixing different traditional instruments with western synthesisers and saxophones and things like that.