Is This Real? (1995)

by Emam & Friends

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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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Emam & Friends is a World Fusion Music ensemble dedicated to performing exciting and uplifting original music composed by Emam & other members of the band. We bring your audience a unique and unforgettable musical experience. Our music brings together Jazz & Rock with Indian Classical music, Middle Eastern music and African music. ... more

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