Mysterious Duality: Just Me: Jayanthi Kumaresh

Written by  January 4, 2012

Carnatic music with a modern twist, an absence of vocals allows the Veena to shine with every pick and pluck.

Mysterious Duality: Just Me: Jayanthi Kumaresh

Label: EARTHSYNC

Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh, a native of Tamil Nadu, India, is a skilled performer on the veena, a plucked stringed instrument (similar to the sitar) used in southern Indian classical music known as Carnatic music. In Mysterious Duality: Just Me, Dr. Kumaresh produces a varied and more pronounced sound on the four compositions by overlaying Veena recordings. Carnatic music with a modern twist, an absence of vocals allows the Veena to shine with every pick and pluck. A relatively short running time of 42 minutes may be a deterrent for some, but this is an example of quality winning over quantity.

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Matthew Forss

Verge magazine's music columnist, Matthew Forss holds a BA in biology, MS in exercise science, and an MFA in creative writing. Since 2000, he has been writing world music reviews for Edmonton-based Inside World Music.com, while amassing a very large collection of ethnomusicological recordings from every country in the world. Matthew continues to publish music articles and cultural book reviews in various academic journals and magazines and has an acquired taste for Central Asian linguistics (Uzbek, Kazakh, and Tajik).

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