FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JINGO Media – Jitin Hingorani
Release Date: September 15, 2010
BRINGING THE MODERN INDIAN DIASPORA TO LIFE THROUGH SONG
New York, NY – October 26, 2010 — With his code-breaking debut album Greasy Rails, Mumbai born-and-raised, South Asian singer/songwriter/musician Ameet Kamath breaks new ground in bridging the East-West divide of popular music.
“From its first cut, the finely-crafted lyrics reveal a gifted storyteller with personal tales of the contemporary Indian diaspora set to sinuous pop-rock rhythms, sans the clichéd sitar and tabla,” says novelist and writer Bruce Stutz. Stutz goes on to describe Kamath’s recording as “pleasure-pumped global rock that gets up-close and personal.”
Originally, Kamath arrived in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1995 as a “techie,” but after moving to New York City in 1997, Kamath immersed himself in jazz and began performing the American songbook whenever and wherever he could — at weddings, street corners, parks, cafes, and bars. His persistence paid off with a jazz-pop residency at the notorious Marion’s Continental on the Bowery, where the patrons and fans encouraged him to set his own story to song.
Needing to find inspiration for his original material, he set off on a creative quest across the country that landed him in San Francisco, where he found the beauty of the natural landscape and the exceptional music scene revelatory. It was there that he conceived Greasy Rails; the ensuing material was written and composed over the next two years.
With the help of musical arranger Art Khu, Kamath recorded the album in two days on a shoestring budget at Dirty Soap Studios in New York City and San Pablo Recorders in Berkeley, California.
“Greasy Rails is about coming to terms with what matters in life… it’s about refusing to take anything less than what you’ve been seeking,” says Kamath. “In it, I’m telling stories so that the listeners can understand life as I do – constantly negotiating spaces as an immigrant in the 21st century.”
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