Two Time Academy and Grammy award winner A R Rahman has today released a unique composition titled `The Flying Lotus’, a 19-minute music piece in collaboration with the Internationally renowned Seattle Symphony.
Conducted by RICARDO AVERBACH, the music is A R Rahman’s interpretation of a historical phase in India when the government announced demonetization on 8th November 2016.
Says Devraj Sanyal, MD & CEO Universal Music Group India & South Asia, “We’re elated to release this stunning new piece of work from A R Rahman! Along with the Seattle Symphony, he has created magic on `The Flying Lotus’. This is music that will transcend boundaries way beyond our shores and we at UMG India are extremely proud to present this latest masterpiece from A R Rahman to the world through the global UMG network.”
While the 19-minute track is the showpiece on the album, the listener is taken on a scintillating journey through 8 shorter pieces of `The Flying Lotus’ that culminates in the epic 19-minute piece. This is the maestro at his best, in collaboration with multiple award winning and America’s leading symphony – Seattle Symphony.
A R Rahman’s `The Flying Lotus’ is available Worldwide on physical and digital formats exclusively on Universal Music Group.
About SEATTLE SYMPHONY:
The SEATTLE SYMPHONY is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Symphony is heard from September through July by more than 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community engagement programs reach over 65,000 children and adults each year. The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received three Grammy Awards, 23 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014, the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.
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