Charukeshi by Michael Robinson

- Amanda MacBlane, NewMusicBox

Michael Robinson: Charukeshi (Azure Miles Records)

Michael Robinson's exploration of Charukeshi, a raga that blends a major modality in the lower tetrachord with a minor modality in the upper tetrachord, begins with a wash of sound created by a menagerie of percussion. It then opens up into an extended cadenza-like piano melody, which oscillates between regular and irregular patterns. Making use of alternative tunings and blending tradition with technology, Robinson is able to transcend cultural and spiritual boundaries.

- Amanda MacBlane, August 2002, NewMusicBox