KARTICK & GOTAM
Business Class Refugees
Released on EarthSync
Business Class Refugees is a fine album that transcends the normal barriers between classic and modern or electronic and acoustic. Kartick & Gotam record in Chennai in India utilising violin, duduk, flute, saxophone, tabla, sarod, bass and drums alongside programming and, as well as their original tunes, they also re-work a couple of traditional Indian pieces and one from Tajikistan. But this story has unusual beginnings.
Nowhere near home, Kartick & Gotam were travelling from South India to a remote village in Indonesia, in a journey through Asia recording indigenous music forms. An overbooked flight and unexpected luck landed them in business class luxury. In transit in Singapore, they applied for the visa to Indonesia, and the Special Permit to Aceh. It was to take 3 hours. 6 hours later, the flight left without them. 3 days later, they were still waiting – Business Class Refugees without passports, identity, and stateless – sipping free champagne in the airline lounge or aimlessly roaming Singapore Airport… sometimes homesick, sometimes worried, but mostly, making music on their laptops.
Business Class Refugees is now a global, collaborative project by music producer Kartick (Patrick Sebag) and sound designer Gotam (Yotam Agam), who mix local music from around the world with electronica… electro – folk without borders, global flavours, and a cross-cultural mixture of emotions, realities, styles, languages and irresistible grooves. Taking their basic tracks around the world, Kartick & Gotam collaborate with local musicians to overlay local artistic interpretation and signatures. This album is where Kartick & Gotam’s journey began: India.
Patrick and Yotam have collaborated on many successful world music albums, films and shows, most notably Laya Project (www.layaproject.com), the award-winning audio-visual documentary celebrating the music and cultural traditions of 6 countries affected by the 2004 Asian Tsunami. They also worked together on the recent EarthSync releases Voice Over The Bridge and Nagore Sessions, which Rolling Stone magazine called “fantastic world music”.
Patrick Sebag is an acclaimed producer & musician, he recorded the Gold-selling album “Shirat Rabim” (“Songs of the People”) with international singer David D’Or and a band of Israel’s finest musicians.
Business Class Refugees is evocative, funky and experimental and coming your way – its Indian release brought forth the following quotes:
“Classy, enchanting music; a mélange of Indian and Western styles of music” The Times of India (June 2009)
“Israeli duo with unchecked enthusiasm for Indian sounds, a fusion extravaganza” The New Indian Express (June 2009)
“Global in form and spirit, the album boasts of indomitable energy. There’s an earnestness and ebullience that is admirable” Economic Times (May 2009)
“Business Class Refugees strikes out on a musical journey that is utterly captivating, truly a global musical tapestry” WorldMusicCentral (June 2009)
“This is not only heavenly, it’s beautiful” DJ Pathaan – BBC Asian Network (June 2009)