Drums on Fire is a collaboration between two master drummers from two corners of the world--British James Asher and Indian Sivamani. Asher's driving percussion, Sivamani's ecstatic rhythms, and occasional melodic flutes, saxes and guitars create an album with both pulse and heart. Features dozens of rhythm-producing instruments that range from djembe, bazouki and taiko to buckets, birdcalls and Sivamani's own chant-scat.
"Drums on Fire is a journey through the dynamic and exciting interplay of rhythm as jointly created by Indian master drummer Sivamani and world musician James Asher. Vocals, flute, violin, guitar and sax join Sivamani's rhythmic heat, whilst James' keyboards and production mastery set the fires firmly ablaze. The global interplay of Indian and European musical styles is further enhanced by chunky but crystal clear sound." ~james-asher.co.uk
Category Rock/Pop, World, Enhanced CD, New Age
Label New Earth Records
Orig Year 2003
CDU Part# 5769975
Street Date Apr 08, 2003
Producer James Asher
Personnel Christine Collister - vocals
James Asher - various instruments
Sivamani - percussion
Audio CD (April 8, 2003)
Original Release Date: 2003
Number of Discs: 1
Label: New Earth Records
2. Amma (Extended Mix)
4. Through The Flames
5. Brothers In Rhythm
6. A Drop In The Bucket
7. Hang Fire
This new release is the highly anticipated release with James Asher combining his creative force with world renowned drum wizard Sivamani.
In November 2001, Sivamani was in England for another show at the Royal Festival Hall and James seized the chance to propose a joint project. For their first collaboration, they co-wrote Amma, which appeared on the CD Shaman Drums (enhanced by the rich earthy voice of Christine Collister, who also sings on the first track of this album) and available from New Earth Records. The people at New Earth Records were dazzled by the collaboration between James and Sivamani, and supportive of the idea of a follow-up album in the same spirit.
Sivamani has added his unique brand of percussion to the work of dozens of artists, including Zakir Hussain, Billy Cobham, Grover Washington, Jr., Shankar, Ginger, and Hollywood star Steven Segal. Sivamani is one of India's best-known and most colorful percussionists with a sparkle, presence and charisma that is unmatched in the entertainment world.
James hopes that listeners will derive as much pleasure from listening to this album as he and Sivamani had making it. This was a collaboration whose fun and warmth transformed it into a great adventure.