Fusion project, Mah-Ze-Tar, has dropped ‘Liquid Lotus’ ahead of his forthcoming album. It’s a breathtaking piece where world music meets electronica. The accompanying music video seen down below features Mah-Ze-Tar strumming the sitar as he chants and hums to sounds of ‘Liquid Lotus’.
Mah-Ze-Tar will drop his self-titled LP October 19. Containing nine tracks, each track focuses on a specific Indian Raga, sung in Farsi, Hindi, and English, with surface colors from the Indian Dhrupad tradition. Mah-Ze-Tar reflects a musical/spiritual journey rather than being simply a series of songs. The album floats through ambient textures to full-blown rhythmic trance movements. Mah-Ze-Tar’s unique style of expression balances on world instruments producing a lush soundscape of dazzling textures and stylistic resonance.
Mah-Ze-Tar (Maz Karandish) is a true student and devotee of music. Allow me to share his impressive background before I touch on his newest piece of music, Liquid Lotus. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Maz has been studying music since a very young age with extensive periods of time learning various styles of within the context of their respective traditions.
EDM meets the world in Liquid Lotus, the new single from Mah-Ze-Tar. What is so-called world music, anyways? Projects like Mah-Ze-Tar and Liquid Lotus, the latest single in advance of a full length album, push the boundaries of that definition with a mash-up of styles and influences that defies categorization. Mah-Ze-Tar is the fusion project that Maz has been working on since 2015. His ultimate vision is to fuse traditional music of the East with modern electronic composition as a form of cultural preservation.
Mah-Ze-Tar will soon release his first album, Liquid Lotus. Originally scheduled to drop September 1, its release has been postponed and re-scheduled. However, the title track is available for streaming and download. Initiated in 2015, Mah-Ze-Tar is the fusion project of Maz Karandish, whose vision comprehends the melding of Eastern music with contemporary electronic sounds as a form of cultural preservation. His goal is to introduce listeners to the past through the present.
When I think about the Sitar I immediately think of Ravi Shankar. Don't we all? I think we all do. So when I saw this come through the inbox, I thought "Whoa! This dude plays the Sitar just like Ravi Shankar!!!" Then I started to read the one-sheet and it appears that Mah-Ze-Tar isn't aiming to be just another Sitar player. He's got a diverse pallet to choose from, including flamenco and trance music. I'm game to give it a run. Let's check out the first track released from the full-length LP by the same name and then I'll give my thoughts on it. Ok? Ok.
A lot of world music has been making its way to the ol’ inbox! This weekend, we took a look and listen to “Liquid Lotus,” the title track from Mah-Ze-Tar’s upcoming debut album. This Santa Barbara-based artist sings in Hindi, Farsi, and English and incorporates exotic instruments like sitar, oud, Turkish saz, dilruba, and bansuri into his unique electronic music.
The self-titled debut album from multi-instrumentalist solo artist Mah-Ze-Tar is slated for release on October 19 this year. A stunning fusion of traditional eastern music and modern electronic composition, the album features 9 tracks that will take you through the sensuous blend of musical elements from time-honored instruments like sitar, oud, bansuri, dilruba, and Turkish saz.
If you listen closely to Mah-Ze-Tar’s music you will find a spiritual level to it and the raw emotion that he puts in his music as well. Stand out tracks on the album include Maand and Cosmic Union. With the majesticness, zen tone to the album, and use of the sitar and other instruments, it goes without saying that Mah-Ze-Tar is intentional with the feel and tone of his music. Known for playing Burning Man, Lighting In A Bottle, and impressive collaborations with Kaminanda. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Maz has been studying music since a very young age with extensive periods of time learning various styles of within the context of their respective traditions.
Mah-Ze-Tar is fusing long-standing tradition, intent, and technology to truly create something that is rarely done. In fact, it’s more than likely that you won’t see or hear anything done like this for a very long time. Actually, count your lucky stars that we are able to witness such a feat. Mah-Z-Tar is finally giving the public his lead single, “Luquid Lotus”, which is a true revelation to what music was once before and what it should return to be – art.
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On the first album from Maz Karandish, there are a lot of influences from different parts of the world. There are nine songs on the record, each of which is related to a particular Indian Raga. Once the listener is engaged it’s apparent there are differing voice textures that sound as if they’re from India, and in fact these are from the Indian Dhrupad tradition. On the album Maz sings in Hindi, Farsi, and English as well.
The self-titled debut album of “Mah-Ze-Tar” is a sprawling fusion of Eastern and Western musical elements that takes you on a synesthetic journey through the Raga. While all of the 9 songs may not be stand outs, they all flow together incredibly well to give this album a nuanced cohesion to aid the experience. The opening number “Maand” is nothing special sonically yet still manages to draw you in with it’s droning overtones. “Bhoopali” is beautifully ethereal in both voice and music, it’s essence dripping with soulfulness. The lead single “Liquid Lotus” is a good choice for a single, it combines the breath of experimentation of the album while still remaining grounded enough to be a catchy track.Initiated in 2015, Mah-Ze-Tar is the fusion project of Maz Karandish, whose vision comprehends the melding of Eastern music with contemporary electronic sounds as a form of cultural preservation. His goal is to introduce listeners to the past through the present.
The overall vibe of "Liquid Lotus" is one of relaxation, meditation. It starts off with what sounds like a sitar and singing, though the singing is really more of a chanting. It kicks in with this great drum beat and then there are actual words being sung- verses and a chorus. There is a strong Indian vibe to this, which I've also most recently said in my review of the Swimming in Bengal cassette, and there is a bit of similarity here but this has a much more traditional Indian feel to it in some way and it feels really also like something you could dance to; it has that rhyhtm which just makes you want to move.
It's the World Series and we're sure most of you are tuning in to see who wins it, but we'd like to have just some of your attention with a new chill EDM track. This one is by famed traditionalist Mah-Ze-Tar and the new single, “Liquid Lotus”. Look for the perfect attention snatcher because no matter who wins the World Series, you've won with this track.Let's check out the first track released from the full-length LP by the same name and then I'll give my thoughts on it. Ok? Ok.
Liquid Lotus is a mystical journey you have to take, with the album mixing classic Sitar music with a more modern and wondrous take on the genre. I’m not going to lie, before I listened to Liquid Lotus, the extent of my Sitar music knowledge came from a few tracks by The Beatles, and a couple Bollywood films I’ve watched. I’ve always enjoyed the sound, but never known quite where to start and find a record I could really get into. Then I listened to Liquid Lotus, which really opened my mind. Singer, composer and instrumentalist Maz Karandish has really uncovered something special here, mixing in modern sounds and music genres with the pivotal sitar and other instruments of Indian heritage, creating a truly magical experience that everyone should sample.