The Melody Of Rhythm – Triple Concerto & Music For Trio, is the name of a new collaboration CD released today (9/25) on E1 Music (formerly Koch Records). It features B?©la Fleck on banjo, Edgar Meyer on bass and Zakir Hussain on the tabla.
The are seven pieces of new music, but the album is centered around a triple concerto for their three instruments composed by Fleck and Meyer. Entitled The Melody Of Rhythm, it consists of three movements, and was recorded live for this project with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin.
The goal of the composers was to blend the sound of Indian classical music with American roots and traditional string music. Given the stunning level of virtuosity these three musicians bring to the table, the results are remarkable, though the music truly defies an easy description.
Audio samples can be found on the sites of a number of online resellers, and in iTunes.
This unlikely trio will be on tour throughout September and October, including dates with a number of symphony orchestras.