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GRAMMY-nominated world music artist Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon will release her third album, Soul March, on April 16. Ahead of the album's release, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first listen to the improvisational genre-crossing track "Jog."
"The upbeat bossa nova song, with plenty of room for improvisation, features saxophone, piano and mandolin and channels a jazz-meets-Indian classical vibe, with a little Bollywood thrown into the mix," says Tandon. "The style of the song lends itself to improvisation and was intended to personify the coming together of many cultures and rhythms. It exemplifies the crossing over of boundaries, and the bringing of harmony, representing the essence of Soul March."
Though she had a successful career as chairman of her own financial advisory firm, Tandon Capital Associates, New York native Tandon followed her lifelong dream in 2004 to record an album as a gift to her father-in-law. Tandon, who sings and plays several instruments, including guitar, veena and the tanpura, released her debut, Om Namah Shivaya: Soul Mantra, in 2005. Her sophomore effort, 2010's Om Namo Narayanaya: Soul Call, reached No. 11 on Billboard's World Albums chart and earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary World Music Album. Tandon's performances throughout the album drew praise from The New York Times, which cited her "limpid, serene voice."
Recorded in India and the United States, Soul March features nine songs composed solely by Tandon and based on the traditional Indian song "Raghupathi Raghava Raja Ram," which was sung during Mahatma Gandhi's historic Salt March in 1930. More than 75 musicians are featured on the album, which combines ancient traditional instruments such as the ektara, dugdugi, and esraj with saxophone, banjo and piano while mixing styles such as bossa nova, jazz, calypso, and rumba.
Tandon's albums are produced under Soul Chants Music, a nonprofit label dedicated to building bridges between cultures and creating harmony through music.
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