Concerts & Clubs

Concerts & Clubs
They’re baaack, and more quadraphonic than ever.
Image: Courtesy Shree Sadagopan

Raga & Blues

Concerts & Clubs / After a busy early life and restless seven-year nap, Quadraphonix will officially mark their return to full strength with the release of their second studio album, Blues in the Ragas. Guitarist Shree Sadagopan says the album has come a long way since he started recording the demos a year and a half ago. “I started the project to give everybody some motivation to go for it. It was kind of like a spearhead to get the guys back . . . I was just getting some pre-production tracks down and sharing them, kind of like a sales pitch,” he laughed. It worked. The original band is mostly in tact, save for their bass player, of which they’ve been through eight, over the years. As his bandmates heard more of the music, Sadagopan says, “Everybody slowly started to come together.”

Quadraphonix is a fusion of “World beat jazz and funk,” he says, explaining, “That’s the best I can describe it, I guess, with the Latin Middle Eastern and American jazz funk and blues.” As for the name of the album, Sadagopan explains that “Ragas are Indian melodies. They actually color people’s emotions, whether it’s a morning or evening raga. It’s an emotional type of music. The guitar is my main instrument, and in my years of playing the blues, I started incorporating Indian raga and have found they blend together beautifully. If you allow it and play it long enough, it blends.” Thus, the album, Blues in the Ragas, incorporating some vocal tracks by Sadagopan in the South Indian language Tamil, and collaborations with award-winning poet Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo and Hawaii emcees Ninja Pleeze. Other local musicians performing at the Quadraphonix All-Ages Music Festival include Troubadour Trio, The Waves, Tempo Valley and ‘ukulele stunner Taimane. “We’re very much for local music,” says Sadagopan, “[as well as] kids creating their own music. We want children, at a young age, to come out and hear that there’s other music than what you might just hear on the radio.”

Fresh Cafe, 831 Queen St., Fri., 11/9, 7pm–midnight, $10 suggested donation, [quadraphonix.com]