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Year : 2004
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Label : Sony Music
Artist : Vanessa Mae | Music : Various

  1. "Sabre Dance" (Aram Khachaturian) – 6:01
  2. "Roxane's Veil" (Vangelis) – 4:42
  3. "Bolero for Violin and Orchestra" (Walter Taieb) – 5:06
  4. "Tango de los Exilados" (Walter Taieb) – 3:55
  5. "The Havana Slide" (Jon Cohen) – 3:45
  6. "Emerald Tiger" (Bill Whelan) – 3:50
  7. "Tribal Gathering" (Walter Taieb & Vanessa-Mae) – 3:37 
  8. "Raga's Dance" (A.R. Rahman) – 5:26
  9. "Moroccan Roll" (Jon Cohen, Kad Achouri & Vanessa-Mae) – 3:08
  10. "Handel's Minuet" (George Friederic Handel) – 3:50

Choreography – Photos
Choreography – Behind The Story
VANESSA MAE'S latest album, Choreography, is also Mae's first recording for the Sony Classical label.Backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the breakthrough artist — holder of over 40 international platinum awards — introduces a collection of outstanding new dance-inspired tracks by international composers. And one of them is our very own A.R. Rahman, who has composed music for "Raga's Dance".

The Indian touch:

To depict the `complex allure' of Indian dance music, Mae has collaborated with A. R. Rahman (and his team of musicians, including Shrinivas, Umashankar and Sriram) to compose a track called "Raga's Dance." The elevating track begins with a light hum and base notes of the mridangam before speeding up when the violin begins its job and what proceeds is an energising `jugalbandi' between the two distinct genres of music.

What is amazing is the manner in which the violin merges with the `raga'. Towards the end, all hell breaks loose when a musical mayhem between the Western orchestra and Carnatic rhythms reaches a crescendo before mellowing down and leaving the listener go back all over again and listen to the track. Unlike the typical Rahman tunes, this one does not take too much time to grow on you.

On her experience of working with Rahman, Mae says, "He is full of energy and on-the-go at all times. We built on the track slowly but when we got there, both of us were equally pleased with the way Raga's Dance turned out." She adds, "Rahman had written some violin flourishes minutes before I entered the studio and this made the song more enjoyable. I loved working with him as he is a composer who puts the artistes first and composes notes around them." Well, it sure shows in the track.

"It was interesting to work on `Raga's Dance' because A.R. has lots of projects on the go, the process was very organic. We would meet up, he would show me a patchwork of a few bars that we would then add onto the previous few bars and the track would grow. There are some virtuosic violin flourishes that A.R. had written literally seconds before I entered the recording booth and this made the song all the more enjoyable to record as the whole experience just flowed. He adopts the persona of the instrument that he's writing for and writes notes from the violinist's point of view."

And Rahman says: "It was cool to work with her because even though she is such a big star, she is simple and receptive to musical challenges. I first heard about this project when Rob Dickens (Instant Karma) contacted me through the recommendation of Sony Classical and asked me if I would be interested. It was also a high for me to work along with Vangelis and other reputed composers for this project."

Other composers on the album include Oscar winner Vangelis (Chariots of Fire), Irish composer/producer Bill Whelan ("Riverdance") and Tolga Kashif (The Queen Symphony).
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