This is a storytelling album with a twist:you can choose your own journey through it or alternatively, put it on shuffle. After all, it is about Time which is in essence, non-linear. Told in parables, these are human stories about how Time affects us, its illusions, deceptions and myths.
The album is also a journey of the adventures,tales,loves,losses and ultimately hopes, of a single character at different stages of her life.
Look in all the hidden places and you'll find the key to explore these facets inside all of us.
The clues lie in the hand-drawn Album Artwork itself. To find these and follow the journey of this character, there are 8 short films in a series that continue on from each other which will be released on Youtube in the coming months on www.youtube.com/TheShamaRahman
You can also buy these as a DVD package.
"Love It All. Brilliant!"-Gilles Peterson
Tweet about Reflections:
"Love this song and video by Shama Rahman"-Gilles Peterson
"Beautiful and Intoxicating. I've completely fallen for this lady. I love it", Michelle Hussey, BBC Introducing.
This project uses sitar in the context of storytelling, musically arranged to sit within layered harmonies and complex grooves of a 6-piece band ranging within keys, sax, violin, guitar, double bass and percussion.
From jazz to dubstep, punk to folk (bulgarian, bengali and english!), spoken word, trip hop to hip hop, swing to bosa nova, Shama writes and arranges all music and lyrics from her poems and the focus is cross-genre storytelling. Poetic Music or Musical Poetry if you will-with a whole heap of energy!!
Having been born in UAE to Bangladeshi parents, widely travelled and living at least a triple life of a scientist, neurophilosopher and actor, her songs dont fail to deliver on originality, startling insightfulness and an over-riding sense of playfulness.
The album features musicians from Bengal, Britain and around the world, and Shama herself is in the tutelage lineage of Pt Ravi Shankar. It was recorded in support from Gabriel Prokofiev's Non-Classical studios. There are electronic/dubstep remixes from Hit by A Rock and BasTheProducer.
This band has debuted to acclaim at The Alchemy Festival, Southbank, 2011:
"..impressively inventive debut of Shama Rahman’s band performing quirky, intelligent tunes",-theartsdesk