Nitin Sawhney

For a long time, Nitin Sawhney has occupied a prime slot on my very short bucket list of people to interview. I first encountered his music in the early 1990s, and to a great extent, he has provided the soundtrack to my adult life. Perhaps that was inevitable. After all, we are part of the … Continue reading Nitin Sawhney

I am enjoying this forthcoming track, The Sound of Someone Leaving (with Aaron Martin) by Phil Tomsett, a UK-based musician who is known for his organic sounding, lush and layered soundscapes. “Absence is powerful. When someone isn’t there anymore, the empty space is charged with emotional power. As if the act of vanishing leaves behind an ethereal, supernatural signature,” Tomsett notes. The song is a perfect soundtrack for our pandemic isolation and the changes it has wrought. I can’t wait for the full album to drop in early September.

August 25, 2020, San Francisco

Why we need to rethink how to support music (and creativity)

A recent random email turned me on to the work by Berlin-based pianist and ambient music impresario Nils Frahm. Through him, I stumbled upon Anne Muller, a cellist with highly minimal compositions. I ended up listening to both of their work on YouTube Music (which comes free with my ad-less premium YouTube subscription.)  Frahm’s work … Continue reading Why we need to rethink how to support music (and creativity)

Sade, Sixty & still a Smooth Operator

Sade, has been part of the soundtrack of my grownup life and at every significant moment, there has been a song of hers in the background. She turned sixty today, but she is timeless, and so is her music. The Nigerian-born songstress is one of five artists that will make me go to live performance. Two of the other four are dead.

I also love her ethos about creativity — something that we forget in our times of fractional attention, multi-tasking and engagement as marketing. I wish more creatives would take a cue from her! I am waiting for her next album — very patiently.