Music from the Tea Lands
An unusual collection of musical styles and sounds, all bound by their respective culture’s relation to tea. Chinese, Indian, Turkish, Japanese and other musicians play tracks that transcend the disparate sources. Is it all music for drinking tea? Yes, there’s that, but it will work just as well for any introspective activity. Sanjay Mishra’s “For Julia” is a complex guitar composition that blends Indian influences on a Western acoustic guitar. “Kang Mandor,” from Indonesia’s Ujang Suryana, is a typically hypnotic gamelan piece, sounding like a wind-chime factory scant minutes after a hurricane has passed. Very unique and engrossing.