Kutumba Gears Up for Concert and Album Release
|Text by : Leah Olson
Photograph by : Leah Olson
Nepal folk ensemble Kutumba is getting ready for a concert on Saturday, September 4th, where the group of six will be showcasing their new album at Gurukul theater. The album, which will mark the group's fifth together, has been in the making for two years and will contain nine songs.
Kutumba has gained quite a fan base due to their inventive and unique approach to Nepali folk music. The group uses traditional, local instruments in new ways, creating an unprecedented sound that is a mix of old and new.
“We've been working on creating a new idea with this album,” said band member Kiran Nepali. “It's been an experiment with a lot of new sounds, but our basic idea was to bring the instruments to the forefront.”
The multi-talented members of Kutumba own a total of about 55 different instruments that come from all parts of Nepal. They've experimented with a number of genres including blues, jazz, rock and hip-hop, but they say their upcoming album could be classified as “contemporary folk.”
Kutumba members play everything from electric guitar and tabla, to sitar and sarangi. They're always receptive to bringing in new instruments to their collection to add to their eclectic sound.
“There are some instruments in Nepal that are going extinct,” said Nepali, who plays the sarangi. “We try to use that instrument and keep its sound alive.”
To hear more of Kutumba's sound, check out their concert on September 4th at 5 p.m. in Gurukul.
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For more details on the concert go to Kutumba's Facebook page!