Over the last couple of weeks the music industry here in the UK has lost two of their finest. With a pioneering collective history spanning a couple of decades, MILAN LAD from Bradford and our friend, RANVIR SINGH VERMA both were taken from us.
MILAN LAD, composer, arranger and founder of SANGAM passed away last week. During his time in the world of music, he formed SANGAM an interplanetary blend of rhythm, roots and rebellion. This collective brought together a rich and diverse ensemble of musicians to produce a project oozing with style and attitude. It was fusion at its most supreme, knowing no boundaries or limits and exploring the realms of electric jazz, hip hop, funk, street, and chic, to give a melange of world music that can sit up there with the best.
Led by composer and guitarist, SANGAM performed at high profile festivals and venues including the Jazz Cafe, Ronnie Scott’s, South Bank Centre, London Jazz Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, Birmingham International Jazz Festival and many more.
The Guardian said “A new playing a mix of Indian, soul, hip hop and electric jazz based music.w departure in fusion formed from a blend of the tabla and harmonium music of the Hindu temple with jazz and pop gifted, committed and remarkable”
Check out the music here: http://www.myspace.com/milanlad
On Friday 18th January, RANVIR SINGH VERMA of UNIVERSAL TAAL PROJECT passed away. He had cancer. Ranvir has been incredibly active on the music scene for years. Having toured all over the world in different bands like Shiva Soundsystem and as part of an outfit called Sonik Gurus alongside Ash Chandola of Swaraj Music. Ranvir first picked up bass guitar aged 16 and hasn’t put it down since . Self taught, spending 8 hours a day practicing bass led to a desire to study music in depth so Ranvir pursued a degree in Jazz at Newcastle, immersing himself in learning.
Here’s the rare Lost Interview With Sonik Gurus by Ethnotechno.Com
Bringing everything together, Universal Taal Project his medium to express himself. UTP was about experimenting with breakbeats, electronics, dubstep, dnb, bhangra, Indian classical, bollywood, jazz, funk, soul, reggae, hip-hop, experimental and much more to bring you a unique sound that features an array of artists. Always moving never static, Universal Taal Project is a sound beyond limitations and definitions a journey beyond the mind.
So many people have been paying tribute to this wonderful soul on Facebook at twitter. I remember when the Asian Network and 6Music were going to be shut down. Ranvir took it upon himself to protest against this backwards step the BBC had taken. So in protest, he walked from London to Birmingham … backwards. He also loved his Chai, Kung fu, Yoga and basslines.
You will be missed so much by so many bro … keep rocking … One Love.
Just last year Universal Taal Project released an EP called SHIVASHANKAR & PRATHNA with tracks from their forth coming album Renegades and Mystikz. This release brings you a dubstep and drum and bass revolution of alternative Asian fusion, that will ignite any soundsystem and spiritualise your mind.