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Is This Real? (1995)

by Emam & Friends

Monsoon 05:09
Artichoke 05:17
Tarang In 5 02:09
Malkino 05:23
Jai Ambe 03:09
Brothers 04:18
Bali High 05:58
Tarang In 4 01:41
One Too Many 02:29
PDX - Part I 01:27


"Is This Real?" is a World Fusion Music album featuring the world renowned tabla master Zakir Hussain and his brother Taufiq Qureshi. This is a result of many years of recordings in various parts of the world.


"Is This Real is a masterful tapestry of musical traditions woven together into an uplifting new sound. It creates a musical experience that transcends boundaries. The wide variety of musicians as well as musical styles highlights this CD as an outstanding example of world fusion music." India Currents - Dec/Jan 1995


released March 1, 1995

1) Monsoon (Emam) 5:08
Maha Avatar Babaji: Reciting Mantras by the river Gautam Ganga (1979 N. India)
Zoltan Lantos: violin; Naushad Ahmed: tabla; Emam: dumbak, tabla, nylon string guitar

2) Artichoke (Emam) 5:17
Gary Haggerty: oud; Emam: tabla; Geoff Johns: dumbak

3) Tarang in Five (Emam) 2:06
Emam: tabla tarang

4) Malkino (Emam) 5:25
Zakir Hussain: tabla; Gary Haggerty: violin; Gareth Lewis: sitar
Mindia Klein: bansuri; Emam: nylon string guitar, dumbak; Doug Miller: bass
Matthew Montfort: scalloped fretboard guitar; Farhad: keyboards

5) Jai Ambe (Trad./Adap. Emam) 3:08
Mindia Klein: flute; Matthew Montfort: electric guitar
Gary Haggerty: violin; Emam: nylon string guitar

6) Brothers (Emam) 4:18
Zakir Hussain: tabla (high); Taufiq Qureshi: tabla (low), percussion
Nishikant: tabla (basic track); Emam: dumbak

7) Bali High (Emam) 5:57
Zakir Hussain: tabla; Gary Haggerty: violin; Gareth Lewis: sitar
Doug Miller: bass; Taufiq Qureshi: tabla (solo); Mindia Klein: flute, gangsa
Matthew Montfort: scalloped fretboard guitar; Emam: nylon string guitar, dumbak

8) Tarang in Four (Emam) 1:42 - Emam: tabla tarang

9) One Too Many 2:27
Taufiq Qureshi: percussion; Emam: tabla, dumbak

10) Maha Maya - Part I (Emam) 5:08
Paul Grant: santur; Leroy Critcher: electric guitar; Rik Masterson: tanpura
Matthew Montfort: scalloped fretboard guitar; Emam: nylon string guitar

11) Maha Maya - Part II (Emam) 5:57
Gareth Lewis: sitar; Mindia Klein: flute; Paul Grant: santur
Rik Masterson: tanpura; Emam: tabla, orchestral string sequences
Matthew Montfort: scalloped fretboard guitar; Habib Khan: sitar

12) PDX - Part I 1:27 - 13) PDX - Part II 2:05
Emam: tabla, dumbak; Romy Benton: flute; Mylinda: marimba

Engineers & Studios:
Mike Demmers - Desitrek Studios (Portland, OR)
Adam Kasper - DNA Studios (Seattle, WA)
Dave Wellhausen - Wellhausen Studios (San Fran., CA)
Lydia Holly - Dancing Dog Studios (Emeryville, CA)
Farhad Dadyburjor - The Digital Domain (Bombay, India)
Mehrdad Azadi - World Rhythm Studios (Seattle, WA)
Emam - S. Kalyani Studios (Delhi, India)


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We have joined forces to bring you music that is unique and uplifting. We are dedicated to performing and producing exciting original World Fusion Music composed by Mahalakshmi and Emam. Our music has a wide range of styles with influences from Indian classical, Middle Eastern and Eastern European music to rock and jazz. ... more

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