Richard bennett - ragas on piano

" On the piano, the simple ragas are harder to play in a lot of ways, because you can just sound like you're playing a nursery rhyme," Bennett said recently. "I once went to a raga concert and I swear it sounded like someone playing 'The Bear Went Over the Mountain' for an hour. So you have to watch for the associations of these notes.'"

“exceptionally gifted pianist” Simon Redley Music Republic Magazine “hypnotic..That’s what makes it so interesting when those cascading Indian patterns known as ragas are played on a very Western instrument: the piano. Pianist Richard X Bennett has been doing this for years, and to striking effect” John Schaefer, WNYC ”adds a jazzy harmonic dimension to Indian ragas' horizontally inclined structure. It often evokes the focused ferocity of the singers of Hindustani music, as on his latest solo album, Pure” Richard Gehr, Village Voice “The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend” ”there is a flawless musicianship running through everything, especially in the melodic department; matched in intensity by deeply-felt emotions.” JazzdaGama ”The music hangs together with a kind of brilliance Read more

Richard Bennett - Ragas On Piano