||Business Class Refugees CD (2010) |
Kartick & Gotam CD discography Nowhere near home, Kartick & Gotam were traveling from South India to a remote village in Aceh, Indonesia, in a journey through Asia recording indigenous music forms. An overbooked flight and unexpected luck landed them in business class luxury. In transit in Singapore, they applied for the visa to Indonesia, and the Special Permit to travel to Aceh. It was to take 3 hours. 6 hours later, the flight left without them. 3 days later, they were still waiting, neither at home nor destination, stuck somewhere in between. They waited indefinitely at the airport - Business Class Refugees without passports, identity, and stateless - sipping free champagne in the airline lounge or aimlessly roaming Singapore Airport's duty free arcades and coffee shops... sometimes homesick, sometimes worried, but mostly, making music on their laptops.
Business Class Refugees is now a global, collaborative project by music producer Kartick (Patrick Sebag) and sound designer Gotam (Yotam Agam), who mix local music from around the world with electronica! electro - folk without borders, global flavours, and a cross-cultural mixture of emotions, realities, styles, languages - and irresistible grooves.
The project has no end. Taking their base tracks around the world, Kartick & Gotam collaborate with local musicians to overlay local artistic interpretation and signatures. This album is where Kartick & Gotam's journey began: India.
Patrick Sebag and Yotam Agam have collaborated on many successful albums, films and shows, most notably Laya Project, EarthSync's award-winning audio-visual documentary celebrating the music and cultural traditions of 6 countries affected by the 2004 Asian Tsunami. They also worked together on the recent EarthSync releases Voice Over The Bridge and Nagore Sessions, which Rolling Stone magazine called "fantastic world music".
Business Class Refugees ...