Korwar was born in the US and grew up in Ahmedabad and Chennai in India and the record is seen by the label as a part sufi-like fusion of Indian Sidi/East African folk, jazz and electronics, which must make it pretty much unique. On the face of it and repeated listens suggest no fear of exaggeration this contributes to what may well be one of the most significant creative new open-eared world/jazz-soaked releases of the year let alone the summer by a fine new talent we’ll all be hearing a lot more of with any luck.
The track sounds amazing. According to the label Sarathy in India made field recordings of the Sidi Troupe of Ratanpur whose vocals and percussion “form the backbone” of Day To Day. Korwar, the label say, began playing tabla aged 10 and still in his teens moved to Pune to study for a degree in environmental science but instead dedicated his time to music practising tabla, playing drums and doing sessions. Moving to London he trained as a classical tabla player and graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) with a masters in performance later hooking up with some of the most advanced new generation of breakthrough Britjazz scene musicians including Sons of Kemet’s saxist/leader Shabaka Hutchings, and the charismatic Indo-fusion clarinettist Arun Ghosh. Backed by the Steve Reid Foundation Korwar has been mentored in his musical journey so far by electronic music pioneer Kieren Hebden aka Four Tet and DJ Gilles Peterson among others under the auspices of the Foundation named after the much loved and inspirational US drummer who died in 2010. SG