Cover art is handmade paper from India
1. Kanakangi (2009) 37.11
meruvina: piano, Indian bells, rotating drum, rainstick, synthesizer, tanpura
All music composed and programmed by Michael Robinson for performance and recording in real time without any overdubbing or added parts.
Recorded and Mastered by Catharine Wood at the Planetwood Productions studio in Eagle Rock (Los Angeles), California.
Live musicians are welcome to perform these compositions with acoustic and/or electronic instruments.
Kanakangi is the first mela of Karnatic music. It is believed to have been the primary mela at least five-hundred years ago, and that is astonishing because it is practically unknown to Western ears, and most Indian ears of our time. That may not last, however, because I found it to be utterly seductive in both a melodic sense, and the manner which it accentuates the tunings I employ. I cannot imagine creative musicians not wanting to use Kanakangi if they knew about it.