I WAS THERE . . . Karsh Kale & MIDIval Punditz @ (Le) Poisson Rouge, 8/13/09


In the belly of (Le) Poisson Rouge, hypnotic techno beats suckled on the traditions of the tabla. Mixing old with new, Karsh Kale and MIDIval Punditz unfurled a night of music made for the time-traveler inside all of us.

Karsh Kale, a New York native, showed great promise as a drummer and tabla player during his childhood. With astute technicality, the breadth of Kale’s talent emerged when he began to meld the traditions of his Indian heritage with the edge of his electronica upbringing. The results created an opportunity to hone in on each genre as separate styles as well as one cohesive musical entity. This bold fusion propelled Karsh Kale to the forefront of creativity.

To kick off their short NYC-run, Kale teamed up with Guarav Raina and Tapan Raj, the two Delhi-based wunderkinds that comprise MIDIval Punditz. Together these craftsmen made music by bringing together seemingly disparate items like the tabla, a synthesizer, a drum machine, a drum set, and two Macbooks. On stage stood a guitarist and a singer whose voice cradled the crowd and lulled our eyelids to half-mast only to be awakened by the heady gush of electronic beats.

Nicole Velasco

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