VANESSA MAE bows to Rahman
VANESSA MAE'S latest album, Choreography, is also Mae's first recording for the Sony Classical label.
Backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the breakthrough artist holder of over 40 international platinum awards introduces a collection of outstanding new dance-inspired tracks by international composers. And one of them is our very own A.R. Rahman, who has composed music for "Raga's Dance".
"It was interesting to work on `Raga's Dance' because A.R. has lots of projects on the go, the process was very organic. We would meet up, he would show me a patchwork of a few bars that we would then add onto the previous few bars and the track would grow. There are some virtuosic violin flourishes that A.R. had written literally seconds before I entered the recording booth and this made the song all the more enjoyable to record as the whole experience just flowed. He adopts the persona of the instrument that he's writing for and writes notes from the violinist's point of view."
And Rahman says: "It was cool to work with her because even though she is such a big star, she is simple and receptive to musical challenges. I first heard about this project when Rob Dickens (Instant Karma) contacted me through the recommendation of Sony Classical and asked me if I would be interested. It was also a high for me to work along with Vangelis and other reputed composers for this project."
Other composers on the album include Oscar winner Vangelis (Chariots of Fire), Irish composer/producer Bill Whelan ("Riverdance") and Tolga Kashif (The Queen Symphony).
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