Rap has gone global but there are still very few instances where the realms of rap and cultural music meet. Merging hip-hop with classical Indian music, Grand Tapestry bridges that gap – featuring Eligh (of The Living Legends), Alam Khan son of Maestro Ali Akbar Khand, and their diverse collective of collaborators.
Grand Tapestry is a genre-breaking duo that combines elements of indie hip-hop, Indian classical, experimental, and world music. Eligh (of The Living Legends) and Alam Khan weave together the art of MC’ing and Sarod playing (25-stringed fretless instrument) with beats and live instrumentation creating multi-layered sonic landscapes.
Eligh, LA native and member of the world-renown hip hop collective The Living Legends and The Grouch & Eligh, is a self-described “genre-breaking, obsessive bass fiend.” With 10 solo albums and countless contributions, he brings lyrics known for their style, content, and love for the abstract.
Alam Khan is a world-renowned musician and the face of a new generation of Sarode players. His father, the late legendary Sarode Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, was known as the greatest Sarode player of modern times and is responsible for bringing Indian music to the west. Alongside his classical and contemporary musical career, he is the head teacher of advanced instrumental classes at the Ali Akbar College of Music in California.
These two artists and their collective come together to create an epic tapestry of sound. Listen with your eyes closed, your mind open, and find yourself in a wondrous state.