Yorkston/Thorne/Khan - Navarasa: Nine Emotions

  • Yorkston/Thorne/Khan - Navarasa: Nine Emotions

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan - Navarasa: Nine Emotions


FormatCD & 2LP
Released24th January 2020
Catalogue WIGCD439
Barcode 887828043927

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan are  - James Yorkston (guitar/nyckelharpa/vocals), Jon Thorne (double-bass/vocals) and Suhail Yusuf Khan (sarangi/vocals).

Navarasa : Nine Emotions is the trio’s third record. The first fruits of their fantastic expedition entitled 'Everything Sacred' appeared in 2016. The second, 'Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars', followed in 2017. Navarasa : Nine Emotions takes their journey many, many leagues on.

At the heart of Yorkston/Thorne/Khan’s transporting new album is the subcontinent’s navarasa; the nine (nava) emotions or sentiments (rasa) of the arts. This central unifying underpinning is a centuries-old organising principle. The individual artistic emotions range from Shringara (love, beauty) through Hasya (laughter, mirth, comedy), Raudra (anger), Karuna (sorrow, compassion or mercy), Bibhatsya (disgust), Bhayanaka (horror, terror), Veera (heroism, courage), Adbutha (surprise, wonder) to Shanta (peace, tranquillity). Each song on their new album is connected to one of these emotions.

'Westlin’ Winds' starts with the life-destroying Act I of Robert Burns’ poem ‘Now Westlin Winds, (And Slaught’ring Guns)’ and deliciously transplants its disjoined, nature-extolling and life-affirming Act II onto Indian soil with a composition “in Purbi, a specific dialect of old Hindi. I learnt the song,” says Suhail, “by listening to various qawwali [Muslim devotional song] singers singing at Hazrat Nizammuddin’s dargah [shrine] in Delhi. Its source is Hazrat Amir Khusrau.”  Thus YTK unite one of the key spiritual visionaries and architects of Hindustani art music, the poet-philosopher Hazrat Amir Khusrau with the key literary visionary of Scottish and Scots-language culture, Robert Burns.

This bricolage of diverse cross-cultural elements is apparent across Navarasa : Nine Emotions and all of what Yorkston/Thorne/Khan create. James Yorkston weaves in Scottish folk, sangster and literary strands. Jon Thorne is grounded in jazz and groove. What the New Delhi-based, eighth-generation hereditary musician Suhail Yusuf Khan brings to this feast of pulses and cycles is northern Indian classical, light classical (thumri, for example) and Sufi devotional musical and literary forms. What binds these diverse musical strands together is, in James’ phrase, “a dark happiness”.

Indies exclusive deluxe double Dark Green vinyl includes three exclusive tracks.   
Both vinyl formats include download.

Sukhe Phool
The Shearing’s Not For You
Thumri Bhairavi
Westlin’ Winds
Song for Oddur
The North Carr
Twa Brothers
Waliyan Da Raja

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