WHAT IS GLOBAL JUGALBANDI?

Jugalbandi is a traditional Indian classical format that I have broadened to enable musical conversations between musicians from all over the world.  I call this performance approach global jugalbandiListen to an example track.  

Kundalika preserves many traditional jugalbandi elements, such as: 

  • Building a rasa (mood/feeling) by adhering to a specific scale for each piece (inspired by traditional ragas
  • Large amounts of space for improvisation by soloists (pieces are 20-30 minutes long) 
  • Developing pieces in multiple, increasing tempos, starting with alap (no tempo), and ending in a jhalla (very fast tempo)
  • Incorporating traditional polyrhythms, such as tihais  
  • Using the traditional drone from of the tanpura  

My approach to global jugalbandi also incorporates some innovations:  

  • Including musicians who come from a diversity of non-Indian musical traditions, such as from jazz, bluegrass, and Western classical music
  • Including a larger number of musicians than is typical traditionally
  • Selectively using some Western musical approaches in my arrangements, such as chords and countermelody
  • Utilizing vamps/ostinatos under solos 
Kundalika's global jugalbandi can include diverse instruments such as guitar, sarod, and banjo (top row);  bansuri, flute, and dumbek (bottom row)

Kundalika's global jugalbandi can include diverse instruments such as guitar, sarod, and banjo (top row); bansuri, flute, and dumbek (bottom row)