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Malagasy Breath

by Rajesh Mehta's Sky Cage Quartet

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Acid Rain 04:13
Initiation 05:14
Intervention 09:13
Provocation 07:01
Resolution 14:04



Rajesh Mehta is an award-winning Indian-American trumpet innovator and composer who has innovated several hybrid trumpets including the “DRUMPET” in Amsterdam and the microtonal “NAGA PHOENIX TRUMPET” in Singapore. Mehta graduated from M.I.T. in Humanities and Engineering (with studies at U.C. Berkeley) in 1986. As a Senior Creative Arts Fellow of the American Institute of Indian Studies, he founded the innovative music production platform "ORKA-M" in Chennai in 2005-06, which was greatly influenced by his research on and musical collaboration with South Indian temple musicians.


Malagasy Breath CD concept © Rajesh Mehta 2022 was created using a process of virtual exchanges via internet video calls and Individual recordings made by each musician in Hamburg, Berlin and Duisburg, Germany in 2022. The individual tracks were built into an architecture with the excerpts of the indri lemur songs as the foundation.


released September 1, 2023


Rajesh Mehta: Hybrid trumpets and extensions
Georges-Emmanuel Schneider violin: Stroh violin, live electronics
Keith O’Brien: Electric guitar and electronics
Chad Popple: drums, tabla and percussion


Indri lemur songs recorded by the Ethology lab of the University of Torino University in Maromizaha forest, Madagascar

All tracks composed by the Sky Cage Quartet except Track 1
Acid Rain solo composed by © Rajesh Mehta GEMA 2022

Mixed and Mastered by Georges-Emmanuel Schneider 2022
Photos Rajesh Mehta and Sky Cage Quartet by © Sophia Hegewald 2021

Graphic Design by Icosa

Special Thanks to Daria Valente, University of Torino and Christine Huizenga



©GEMA2023 Rajesh Mehta
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