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Jun 05, 2016, 11:57 IST | Aastha Atray Banan

Boddhisattwa tells you why jazz is a spiritual experience and that this is the best time to listen to their latest album, Heart of Darkness

Inspired by Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, The Boddhisattwa Trio’s new album, Heart of Darkness, talks about depression, but also the self-reflectionarising from it. 

The band — which comprises composer/guitar player Bodhisattwa Ghosh, drummer Premjit Dutta and bass player Bijit Bhattacharya — speaks about why jazz is a spiritual experiment, and why the best time to listen to their album is when you are all alone. Edited excerpts from the interview:

(Left to right) Bodhisattwa Ghosh, drummer Premjit Dutta and bass player Bijit Bhattacharya
(Left to right) Bodhisattwa Ghosh, drummer Premjit Dutta and bass player Bijit Bhattacharya

Q. In a nation where Bollywood rules, what kind of an audience can a jazz rock band find?
Premjit: Every form of music has its own space, vibe and audience that can relate to it. Of course, Bollywood rules, but that does not mean that other forms of expression do not have an audience. Jazz is just a word, and so is Rock.

Q. People get scared at the sound of ‘Jazz’. How do you make your music accessible?
Bodhi: I prefer to call our music a spiritual experiment. We are not trying to be stars here, so I really don’t care if it’s [music] accessible or not. This project is an ensemble of three souls, and our collective and individual journey lies in striving to reach a higher plane of realisation. This is an attempt to connect with the spirit within ourselves. But at the same time, every human being has that corner within themselves, so I believe that every thinking individual will connect with us.

Q. What sets the album apart?
Bodhi: Apart from the fact it is coming from a very dark and lonely personal space, we have recorded the whole album live, i.e. without any overdubs, all sitting together in one room. We have also used a really bad quality mic and placed it in the corner of the room and captured eerie uncomfortable sounds, which we have used in the mix whenever necessary. In the mix stage, we used LP glitch sounds to preserve the analog ‘feel’ and the gloomy and brooding loneliness quotient. The name of the album is taken from Joseph Conrad’s novel of the same name, but it is actually inspired by Francis Coppola’s classic film Apocalypse Now. The entire album is themed around depression, defeat and a sense of self-reflection. We have tried to put together a concept album, where the listener should listen to the whole album in continuity, preferably all alone.

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