Mike Block & Sandeep Das, Where the Soul Never Dies Review
Cellist Mike Block and tablaist Sandeep Das have teamed up to create a stirring album of fourteen songs called Where the Soul Never Dies. Block is a pioneering cello player, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st-Century.” With a passion for cross-cultural collaboration, Block is committed to stimulating individuals and uniting people. His many talents cover a wide range of musical styles that can be heard in his multi-genre approach to composition, performance, and education; he seeks to inspire audiences and empower musicians to find joy in the whole world of music. His solo performances offer a rich mixture of core classical repertoire with original compositions. Block is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble (SRE) and has extensively toured throughout the world with SRE. He has been featured as cello and vocal soloist, contributed arrangements and compositions, and earned a Grammy Award in 2017 for their album, Sing Me Home. As an innovator, Block is among the first wave of cellists to adopt a strap to stand and move while playing. With The Block Strap, he was the first standing cellist to perform at Carnegie Hall.
Sandeep Das is a 2019-2020 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and one of the leading Tabla players in the world today with a prolific international reputation that spans over three decades. Beginning with his debut concert at the age of 17 with legendary Sitarist Pt. Ravi Shankar, Das has performed at major Indian music festivals with renowned musicians such as Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, and Ust. Amjad Ali Khan, among others, and is one of the unique Indian Classical musicians to expand beyond his traditional roots and collaborate with musicians from across the globe. His collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (SRE) for Sing Me Home won the 2017 Grammy Award for the Best World Music album. He has had two previous Grammy nominations in 2005 and 2009. In 2017, Das received the prestigious Brother Thomas Fellowship and New England Choice Artist of the Year award, and in 2018, he received a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation.
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Where the Soul Never Dies
Dance from the Black Sea
Glory in the Meeting House
Where the Soul Never Dies / Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram
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Fight or Flight
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