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Black Marble and Sweet Fire

Al Gromer Khan & Kai Taschner

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1996's Black Marble & Sweet Fire combines the styles of Indian and Northern African music in a poignant recollection of the Mughal era of the waning Indian empire of the 18th and 19th centuries. The results are exotic and modern, updating the regional styles by placing them in a rhythmic, electronic setting. Sitars, synthesizers, and Eastern and Western percussion join as Khan and his collaborator Kai Taschner create a new musical landscape. Tracks include "Ghazal de Savoy" and "Night Crossing."


Born: April 8, 1946

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Born in Bavaria in 1946, Alois Gromer has lived in England, India, and Morocco, which broadened his musical tastes and performing style. He attended a recital by sitarist Vilayat Khan and was so moved that he dedicated his life and art to the study of the sitar. After studying with master sitarist Imrat Khan, Gromer became a member of the Khan-i-Gharana dynasty in 1975 and added the Khan name to his own. His contemplative, contemporary approach to music made him popular in the arenas of radio and...
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