Sarathy Korwar announces ‘KAL (Real World)’

Sarathy Korwar announces ‘KAL (Real World)’

SARATHY KORWAR ANNOUNCES KAL (REAL WORLD) ALBUM, OUT THIS FRIDAY (7 APRIL) VIA THE LEAF LABEL

SHARES LEAD SINGLE ‘SONGS OR PEOPLE’

PLAYS BIGGEST SHOW TO DATE AT LONDON’S VILLAGE UNDERGROUND ON 16 APRIL, HEADLINING BRICK LANE JAZZ FESTIVAL

“A mesmerising story”
5/5 The Guardian ‚ÄėGlobal Album of the Month‚Äô

“A deft, warming album that grounds the listener while coaxing them to think bigger”
4/5 The Observer

“Not for the first time, he‚Äôs raised the bar”
4/5 Mojo

“This is rebel music as passive resistance, blissfully embodying change”
8/10 Uncut

“Colossally talented”
The Quietus

“This album manages to project an even simpler and more accessible surface with extraordinary depths of reference and feeling”
The Wire

Listen to ‘Songs Or People’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMhN8faAxL8

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Late last year Sarathy Korwar released¬†KALAK. Awarded¬†Mojo‘s¬†#4¬†‘Jazz Album of the Year‘, the album received widespread praise including a¬†5/5¬†review from¬†The Guardian¬†as their ‘Global Album of the Month‘ and an enlightening interview with¬†The Quietus¬†here.

KAL (Real World), announced today, is a companion piece to that album – a rare glimpse of that spontaneous creative spark, these live improvisations laid the groundwork for the tracks that would go on to make up¬†KALAK. Along with the announcement he has also shared lead single ‘Songs Or People’.

Korwar explains:

“This was the first time we met and played together with other human beings in the same room for almost a year, after the first lockdown. It was a hopeful time where for a brief period we believed things were getting better. There was a lot of fondness, camaraderie and kindness in the room, and playing together felt like a cathartic expression. KAL (Real World) was recorded in less than 24 hours at the incredible Real World studios. Just being present in those rooms, which had borne witness to so many great recordings, elevated our senses.”

“The only written music I had when I came into this session was the KALAK symbol. We talked in detail about the workings of the KALAK rhythm and my intention was to imprint this knowledge in the back of everyone’s head so it played out subliminally during our recordings. Apart from this, the session was fully improvised.”

Over eight sinuous tracks, keen ears will be able to pick out the rhythmic and melodic signatures that have been honed and highlighted on¬†KALAK. The energy in the room is clearly evident as the members of Korwar‚Äôs band;¬†Danalogue¬†and¬†Al MacSween¬†on synths,¬†Tamar Osborn¬†on baritone sax and flute, and percussionist¬†Magnus Mehta, enjoy each other‚Äôs company and re-discover the art of making music.KAL (Real World)¬†will be available on all digital platforms from Friday April 7th. A limited edition of 100 7‚ÄĚ square lenticular cards featuring the album artwork, signed and numbered by Korwar, will be available exclusively on Bandcamp.

With a standout show at¬†Le Guess Who?¬†festival (“he is a generationally talented drummer” –¬†The Quietus) and a show at¬†London‘s¬†Oslo¬†last year, Korwar now headlines his biggest London show to date on 16 April at¬†Village Underground, headlining¬†Brick Lane Jazz Festival, and support comes from¬†Gotts Street Park. Tickets are available¬†here¬†and more dates around the UK/EU are listed below.

Listen back to Sarathy’s wonderful Peel Acres show from earlier this year here:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001j5lw

KAL (Real World) will be available on Friday here:
https://sarathykorwar.bandcamp.com

High-res images can be found here

Photo credit: Fabrice Bourgelle

KAL (Real World) tracklist:

1. A Seed Comes From A Plant
2. A Root From A Tree
3. An Idea From A Circle
4. These Are The Originals
5. Heard After The Songs They Became
6. What Came First?
7. People Or Songs
8. Songs Or People

Live:

8 Apr –¬†Brussels, BE @ BRDCST Festival
13 Apr –¬†York¬†@ The Crescent
14 Apr –¬†Liverpool¬†@ 24 Kitchen Street
16 Apr –¬†London¬†@ Village Underground (Brick Lane Jazz Festival headliner)
29 Apr –¬†Turin, IT @ Turin Jazz Festival
30 Apr –¬†Rome, IT @ Casa del Jazz
13 May –¬†Cornwall¬†@ Mount Pleasant Eco Park
16 May –¬†Brighton¬†@ Concorde 2 (Brighton Festival)
28 May –¬†Stroud¬†@ Jazz Stroud
9 Jun –¬†Oxfordshire¬†@ Kirtlington Park (Kite Festival)

Tickets are available here:
https://www.sarathykorwar.com/live

Praise for KALAK:

“A mesmerising story”
5/5 The Guardian ‚ÄėGlobal Album of the Month‚Äô

“A deft, warming album that grounds the listener while coaxing them to think bigger”
4/5 The Observer

“Not for the first time, he‚Äôs raised the bar”
4/5 Mojo

“This is rebel music as passive resistance, blissfully embodying change”
8/10 Uncut

“Colossally talented”
The Quietus

“This album manages to project an even simpler and more accessible surface with extraordinary depths of reference and feeling”
The Wire

“Radiant and magnificent”
Electronic Sound

‘His major statement, as if everything he had previously achieved was preparation for this record”
4/5 Songlines

“You will surely be hooked”
4/5 Hi-Fi Choice

“An anthemic fever dream”
Clash

“Deeply reflective, entrancingly rhythmic”
The Evening Standard