Sunday September 13, 2015

Silence Is Bliss (Music review) – Naveen Kumar

Posted by Karthik

The title song is a wonderfully pleasant combination of Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt’s Mohan Veena and Naveen’s Naveen Flute. The soothing melody is ably supported by Sivamani’s drums and Ojas Adhiya’s tabla, and the four converge their craft for a heady finale! For almost 2:30 minutes, Journey of truth is Stephen Devassy’s show on acoustic piano. Naveen joins in with his flute and expands on a Shanmukapriya-based tune, bringing the raaga’s nuances beautifully towards the end. Naveen blends his flute version of A R Rahman’s Netru illaadha with Devassy’s piano and Shillong Chamber Choir to add an enjoyable new dimension. In Like a prayer, a Kitaro’ish reimagination of Vladimir Vavilov’s aria Ave Maria, Naveen’s flute is splendidly supported by Sivamani and Taku Hirano’s percussions. Song of praise‘s prayer-like sound is brought alive with Ojas’s soft tabla and Naveen’s flute. Shillong Chamber Choir’s Ibarisha Lyngdoh leads Naveen’s version of Vincenzo Bellini’s arietta, Vaga luna impeccably well, even as Naveen and Taku Hirano join her in flute and percussions, respectively, turning it into lively celtic folk. Shillong Harvest, led by Rimi Nique, blends North Eastern folk music in a captivating package, topped by Sivamani’s percussion. Four-in-a-row for the talented flautist and composer!

Keywords: Silence Is Bliss, Naveen Kumar, Flute Naveen, 200, #200

Listen to the album on Saavn.

Reviews of earlier albums by Naveen:
Fluid – Flute Grooves (2006) | Cafe Fluid (2010) | Fluteronics (2013)

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