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In the Studio: Creating Junun

Saturday 27 February 2016

In February 2015, a group of musicians travelled to India where they took up residence inside a 15th Century fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan to create something new. The result was Junun, an album with artist Shy Ben Tzur and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, uniting the sounds and inspirations of the East and West.

During recording, photographer Ian Patrick captured the making of the album, creating a contemporary series of photographs, a wonderful contrast to the ancient surroundings of the fort.

Junun ft Shye Ben Tzur + Jonny Greenwood + The Rajasthan Express is performed on Friday 11 March in the Hall.

The live room in Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, where the album was recorded over a three week period last February
Shye Ben Tzur early in the recording as the live room is being set up
Shye and Jonny rehearsing in the first week
Soheb and Hazmat, part of the brass section, from the Rajasthan Express
Jonny kept a low key presence in the songs
Zaki Ali Qawwal providing Qawwali vocals on the album
Each track was led by Shye and Jonny directing the others
Jonny recording with the brass section led by Aamir Bhiyani on lead trumpet
The courtyard at night time – recording went into the evenings most nights
The studio space with Sam Petts-Davies and Nigel Godrich. All the equipment was shipped over from the UK several weeks in advance.