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(Nearly) everything so far: 2016-present


 

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I cover topics loosely related to jazz, rhythm, and global improvisation, drawing on my experiences playing guitar, tabla, and santoor. Above all I aim to enthuse fellow musical searchers, connecting new textures and abstract sonic interrelations to the human voices, cultures, and passions behind them.

 

In the past couple of years I’ve written for The Wire, Jazzwise, Jazzed, MusicRadar, and Música Macondo, with subjects ranging from Coltrane and Hendrix to Carnatic microtonality and West African polyrhythm. Currently I’m an Indian classical musicologist for Darbar, alongside teaching for Guitar World. Below is a list of (nearly) everything so far. Get in touch!

 

 

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DARBAR

Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music – in-depth collection for Darbar, exploring how music with ancient roots is adapting to a fast-paced, interconnected modern world (2019)

 

—Interviews: Subcontinental stars in their own words

—Explorations: Indian classical from different perspectives

Other Darbar writing: articles, events, projects, etc (from 2018)

  • Artist Database: 150+ multimedia bios of our past performers
  • YouTube channel: 300+ video descriptions on musical context
  • Darbar VR360: covering the world’s first fully VR music festival
  • Community pieces: e.g. obituary of Pandit Ramakant Gundecha
  • Concert programmes for Barbican, Southbank, & Sadler’s Wells
  • Editing 80+ shorter articles by author & critic Jameela Siddiqi
  • Social media, press releases, engagement with academia, etc


GUITAR RESOURCES

‘Beyond the Repertoire’: ongoing lesson series for Guitar World – fresh fretboard perspectives through absorbing global musical ideas, and reappraising a few familiar guitaristic concepts along the way (from 2018)

  • West African rhythm: Saharan kora harps & Ewe polyrhythms
  • Jazz walking basslines: capturing melody, harmony, and swing
  • Zero-th fret awareness: incorporating the open string tones
  • Odd-time songwriting: building groove and a versatile ‘feel’
  • Alankar ‘decoration’: India’s incredible melodic ornaments
  • North Indian basics: two raga snapshots, and the tintal cycle
  • Spinal Tap – up to 11: their ‘hidden’ roots in jazz, Bach, & raga
  • Tendonitis guide: how to avoid it…from someone who didn’t
  • Guitarless learning: practicing without your instrument around
  • Joni Mitchell’s visual imagination: fresh tunings & cluster chords
  • Creative wah pedal use: vowels, circuitry, & classic Hendrix
  • Percussive acoustic guitar: techniques & animal rhythms
  • FlyLo’s looping psychedelia: bliss, disgust, and free jazz
  • The ‘hidden notes’: improvise using only natural harmonics


WORLD OF TUNING

Everything you didn’t realise you wanted to know about guitar tuning…from ancient myths to modern psychoacoustics. Guitar World collaboration (2020)


REVIEWS

Various events from 2016, mostly jazz & global concerts in London (…the spectre of free press tickets helped get me into music writing in the first place)


RAGATIP

Ongoing series of quick articles for Ragatip, spanning various topics related to South Asian music and culture – folk & classical roots, modern fusions, historical & spiritual foundations, geographical oddities, etc (launched 2020)

 

—Profiles: quick bios of fascinating South Asian artists

—Instruments: short intros and sonic samples

—Cultural: assorted snapshots, primers, & oddball tales


COLTRANEOLOGY

John Coltrane left behind some cryptic, handwritten notes entitled ‘Scales of India’. I’ve been trying to work out which ragas they are, where he found them, and what he might have been doing with them [in progress]


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RAGA INDEX

Ongoing project in collaboration with Darbar: 40 fascinating North Indian ragas in sonic, geometric, and cultural depth – new sources, fresh explanatory techniques, and lots of direct input from the masters (2020-21)


ODDS & ENDS

Musical breakdowns, interviews, speculations, early writings, etc (from 2016)


OUTSIDE MUSIC

Before music I worked in systemic global dev activism, and also dragged myself through 5 years in corporate consulting (see ‘Bullshit Jobs’ above)

  • ‘Workplace Activism Handbook’: how to push for ethical change from within the private sector (v2 draft on request)
  • Assorted global dev projects with GiveDirectly and GWWC, including speeches given at Harvard, UC Berkeley, & UCL
  • Urbexing Bristol’s Railway Hotel: looking inside a long-derelict local landmark (photos & writeup for 28 Days Later forum)
  • (…sadly, the student magazine I did some terrible teenage travel writing for has long vanished from the web)

 

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