COMPOSITION & PRODUCTION
Flute & “Micro” - Composer: Balbir Kumar
Producer & “Macro” - Composer: Gunnar Muhlmann
Balbir Kumar - India
You can meet Balbir Kumar as I met him in 1998:
In the subway near Wimpy on Connaught Place in New Delhi.
He will play a catchy tune on his flute and then try to sell a flute to
Balbir is a poor man not having his own bed to sleep on when night
His flute is the pulsing heart blood on ZENTIMENTAL LOVESONGS.
& GUEST STARS - PICKED BY THE GREAT PLAY
Tribals from bastar - Unknown Instuments
Tribals from Shilla, Himalaya - Vocals
Ghazal Gypsies from Punjab - Vocals
Train Stuart from New Delhi - Vocal
Birbal Singh from Rajastan - Ravanatha
Cow Heard Bhim Singh from Jhari, Himalaya - Shennai
Small boy from karnataka, South India - Castagnettes
Shop owner Chandrakant Govekar from Pernem, Goa - Vocal
Sam Harley from England - Botleneck on Indian Instruments
Bo Stief from Denmark - Freetless Bass
Ms. X from Greece - Vocal
Attila from Germany - Vocal
All the Indian musicians on this CD are from the lower strata of
No one from the established music-scene can play as heartfelt as a
This CD is dedicated to these deprived artists who indicate the huge
unused or exploited
potential of the masses of India. As long as I manage to stay in contact
musicians they will get a share of the profit made on this music.
HOW THE MUSIC WAS MADE -
PEOPLE MEET AND SWEET MUSIC ARISES
But the only place where the musicians on this CD ever meet is at
the electronic crossroads
of a computer. And when they hear their own tunes in electronic and
they smile and say: Is this me playing?
And actually it is no longer their tune. The themes have been cut into
small motives and
put together as new post modern melodies including both modal and
Thus a stronger feeling of the western classical concept of cadenza has
in the sense that the theme will find a home on a tonic chord followed
by an energetic release.
The Indian musician tends to play his tune without the dynamic force
a melody from A to B (and back to “home” to A again). He will play his
tune in a way
that does not have any particular longing to go anywhere.
The movement is from A to A1, ever deeper in the A-moment. The Indian
tune does not lead to
the Promised Land in the next bar like in Beethoven's Fifth Symphony
with its great sense of drive
and longing for future notes to release and dissolve the energy–tension
of the moment. This cd
seeks to unite the eastern timeless vertical and the western time bound
This is of course not the first project of its kind but it is a
contribution to a digital multi-ethnic
platform where one can sit in peace and ease. Anywhere in the tune you
can stop and relax.
You are free from the search of a future paradise - and yet there is a
movement in time,
celebrating the fact that you don't have to go anywhere. This is for me
time free “innerstanding” in joyous ease. Gunnar Mühlmann
The destitute people of India
are for me most talented. This is not to glorify poverty but
to point at diamonds in Indian soil polished by bare feet for
more than 5000 years. This has made dust to DNA,
and thus entering as a divine blueprint through the
lungs of backpackers complaining about
pollution in New Delhi.
rickshawallah is coming out of his plastic hut.
He is not looking at his middleclass neighbour nearly
running him down in his new Suzuki Maruti car.
Instead he lifts a singing face to the sky,
a praise to the Lord - thanks to the creator
In spite of his crippled wife and to many
children with dripping noses.
As a musician I
A man who can sing like
this has everything...
Then the wallah drives me to my
destination, trying his level best to cheat God
in the form of his first customer.
The young poor
MC taxi driver in Goa
takes me to Baga Beach.
He speakes of "Nirvikalpa Samadhi."
In my country this is University level philosophy.
I hope you will enjoy the music!
I is a reflection of my life long love for INDIA.
Kind regards from
Gunnar Mühlmann - Denmark