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~ India's finest flautist, Naveen Kumar launches new album, Café Fluid~
Café Fluid is a convergence of global sounds featuring celebrated musicians including L.A cellist, Matt Cooper, Chennai veena player Rajesh Vaidya along with stalwarts Louis Banks, Selva Ganesh, Sanjay Divecha and Keith Peters.
Colleague and friend, A.R Rahman says, "Naveen's exceptional talent and prowess as a musician has always impressed me. When I travel globally, people often listen to my compositions and ask who the flute player is because the quality of his performance is so superlative that it leaves them zapped."
"This new album is yet just like scratching the surface and I sincerely want that music lovers worldwide get more of him." adds Rahman.
"All the tracks in this album have been created with a different approach, unlike most flute themes; the tracks in Café Fluid are up-tempo yet soulful. The inspiration for this album comes from the tones of life itself, where anything takes on a sudden importance in a special situation. And that is what continually draws me to create music" States Kumar.
For the album, Naveen enlisted the help of Reeg Deb, a brilliant music programmer. There are nine tracks on the album as well as two bonus tracks. The tracks include Ullienn Pipes Song, a song about a caterpillar growing out into a butterfly, Sindbad vs. Kerala featuring a veena and key flute melody and Indofusion. Christy Samuels has been credited with arrangement on two songs and drum legend, Dennis Chambers features on the track Bombay Doves. The album culminates into being dynamic, emotional and with the use of Bansuri, Indian classical blended with western music, it is truly fluid.
The album will be available in stores nationally from today and is priced at Rs.245.
ABOUT NAVEEN KUMAR
An integral part of Bollywood’s sound, Naveen is also well known for his flute collection; many are rare and exotic and heard in popular tunes such as Love Aaj Kal and Dhoom. He recently completed work on the Hollywood feature film Couple’s Retreat & Raavan both with Rahman. In addition to film tracks Naveen has offered his expertise to popular Ad jingles such as Airtel and Reliance Mobile.
Naveen Kumar is best known for his seminal session work with A.R Rahman especially in the music of Roja and Bombay. His association spans the gamut of music directors in Mumbai as well as many in the South; he was formally inducted into film music early on in his career but left a grueling schedule to focus on playing the flute. He has performed worldwide and collaborated with international artists such as John McLaughlin.
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