Himalayan Wind


Ancient Future

Manose Singh

Himalayan Wind Program

Nepali flute master Manose Singh is widely recognized as Nepal's premiere flautist. This program featuring him includes Nepali folk music, Indian raga, and contemporary world fusions. Soon after moving to California, Manose became a member of Ancient Future and a featured performer on the band's seventh release, Planet Passion, which helped further introduce him to world audiences.

With a full rhythm section, the Himalayan Wind program is appropriate for large outdoor music festivals, such as the Himalayan Fair or the Trinity Tribal Stomp, where they played to rave reviews. As an acoustic trio, the program was a hit in critical listening settings such as the Caspar World Music Festival, and educational settings such as the Petaluma World Music Lecture Series.

Manose Singh Biography

Manose's hometown, Boudha, Nepal stands on the ancient route leading from the Himalayan mountains down into the Kathmandu valley. It was here that eight-year-old Manose fell in love with the bamboo flute one night, when a fortuitous breeze wafted its song through his bedroom window. He purchased a two-rupee flute from a street hawker and began to carry it with him in his school bag where it vied for space with his favorite sling shot. His real relationship with music began when Manose began studies with Madan Dev Bhatta, a disciple of Ustad Bishmilallah Khan, who initiated Manose into the study of classical raga music, often known as North Indian classical music. At the same time, Manose began to collect cassettes by flute maestro Hariprasad Chaurasia. To augment the lessons he was getting from Bhatta, Manose would play the cassettes again and again, trying to copy what he heard, often practicing five or six hours a day.

Now, as a performer in a variety of genres from raga, to Nepali folk, to fusion rock, his sound he has matured into something at once virile, tender, and playful. From the demanding study of raga music, he has acquired technical mastery and an astonishing ability to improvise. And even while living in the United States, he still manages to be a vital part of the music scene back home. The recipient of national awards including instrumentalist of the year, his debut music video airs regularly on Nepali TV, he is a member of one of the county's most popular pop bands, and he performed in Nepal's first jazz festival where he shared the stage with Australian great Don Burrows. In the United States, Manose has performed with Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal, blue grass great Peter Rowan, and the New Maihar Band, an ensemble created by living legend Ali Akbar Khan. In addition, he has performed in France, Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong, and Malaysia.

Featured Tracks

>YTmusic (Himilayan Wind repertoire). Studio recordings of the repertoire played by this band variation of Ancient Future.

Simsimay Panima (traditional, arr. Montfort. 6:05) iTunes. >YTmusic. Nepalese folk song featuring Manose Singh on bansuri. From Planet Passion. (Ancient-Future.Com AF-2010). CD/Gift Card, $17.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

Forest Frolic (Montfort. 4:29) iTunes. >YTmusic. Ancient Future composition featuring Manose Singh on bansuri and Liu Qi-Chao on Chinese flute. From Planet Passion. (Ancient-Future.Com AF-2010). CD/Gift Card, $17.98: Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

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Ancient Future, POB 264, Kentfield, CA 94914. Tel: 415-459-1892. info@ancient-future.com

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