Avant-garde and jazz group, The Bodhisattwa Trio, has been at the forefront of experimental jazz music in India since its inception in 2012. With the albums The Gray Album and Heart of Darkness, the trio pushed the boundaries of the genre. . Now leader and guitarist, Bodhisattwa Ghosh goes solo with his new album, Darkest Days and Brightest Nights. The nine-track album represents both gloom and hope in the world right now. We speak to Bodhisattwa to find out more:
Why did you decide to go solo?
Over the years, I had written music that couldn’t fit into any of my existing projects due to the differences in sound. But I had always wanted to make a guitar-oriented solo album. So I decided that this
was the best time to do it.
Develop the dual theme of “dark days” and “bright nights”.
The pandemic truly reflected a dark period in our history. Artists like me were completely out of work. But in the midst of it all, I had a lot of free time and a lot of creativity seemed to take shape in the form of music and compositions. So I decided to call my first solo album Darkest Days and Brightest Nights. The album is very honest and personal, and actually reflects who I am as a human being and as an artist.
With this album, you go back to rock, the kind you started with. Tell us about those early days.
I grew up listening to rock and it had a big influence on my musical tastes. Twenty years ago, I decided to take the guitar seriously after listening to David Gilmour’s guitar solo in Comfortably Numb. When I heard this for the first time, I immediately knew what I wanted to be in life. All other conventional plans have been thrown out the window.
What other rock musicians inspire you?
I really like the music of Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Sat-riani, Steve Vai and even modern players like Joe Bonamassa, Eric Gales and Nick Johnston. Indian
Guitarists like Amyt Datta (my teacher), Warren Mendonsa, Bruce Lee Mani and Vikramjit Banerjee also inspire me enormously.
What’s the next step in the pipeline?
I have a lot of projects for 2022, especially with my group The Bodhi-sattwa Trio (we will be recording our
fourth album in July 2022), and my rock band Lakkhichhara also has things to do. But with this project, I’m trying to put on a few concerts in early 2022.
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