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Delving again into the world of raga, this time a humble attempt at using the old raga named Bhairavi as inspiration. A deep and complex raga, I can only assume a superficial knowledge of it and tried as best I could to stay true to its form.

I wrote this piece especially for this album, as I wanted something that was more legato in feel and also used some different phrasing in a 7 beat cycle. Again, the main theme was discovered while practicing mridangam. I’m trying to straddle the line between monophony and polyphony with these types of compositions. I try not to introduce any foreign notes with the harmony and try as much as possible to serve the melody. But with this instrumentation it is hard not to have some counter-lines in there somewhere. Mostly, I use harmony (in the Western sense) as an ornament to melody.

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from The Offering of Curtis Andrews, released December 18, 2008
Curtis Andrews: mrdangam, ankle bells
Bill Brennan: vibraphone
Janis Dawson: violin
Chris Harnett: tenor saxophone
Brad Jefford: electric guitar
Josh Ward: electric bass

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