Swimming in Bengal – Vol. 1

Vol. 1 by the Sacramento based trio Swimming in Bengal feel like lessons in both geography and musicology. Spanning the map between the Middle East and South Asia, it blends the Eastern music traditions of numerous countries for the overall hasheeshian daze of the oriental drones, traditional instruments and non-Western scales over the course of three nearly 20 minute long tracks, becoming a documentary of an imaginary trip to the East, a fascinating semi-improvisation, which the musicians themselves call “out jazz”. For the fans of Tetragrammaton, Gypsy Treasures, Sun City Girls and Sir Richard Bishop – especially since Swimming in Bengal shared the stage with the Sir Bishop, which means they really know their stuff. Also, make sure to check out their Insomnia Village on J&C TapesHighly recommended!

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