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Zamin / Press

“The main act of the evening, Zamin, is quite unlike anything else. They open their set with vocalist Zeshan Bagewadi playing a table harmonium, accompanied by cellist Genevieve Guimond to his right. Next comes percussionist David Eisenreich, adding accents on a trumpet, followed by bassist Josh Fink. Their opening song evokes the image of a slow, lumbering caravan moving through some foreign city. Then Bagewadi starts singing, and it all changes. It isn’t possible to place Zamin in a genre. They sing in Urdu and Hindi, with cascading half tones and lilting Eastern melodies, combined with decidedly Western influences. Though their songs bear some resemblance to those of contemporary indie rock groups such as Beirut, Sigur Ros, and even Radiohead, the overarching sounds of Bagewadi’s strong, resonant “light Hindustani”-style vocals make the style all their own. The audience loves them, especially the two small girls in the front pew who unfailingly give standing ovations after ev”

““Zamin is a very interesting young band from Chicago, fronted by Zeshan Bagewadi, a fluid vocal marvel with European and Indian classical training. The sextet’s niche is mixing Indian vocal techniques with underpinnings of less-exotic U.S. musics — usually classical and folk, but also a bit of rock and light jazz. Zamin crafts tight polyglot post-pop three-minute songs that are downright commercial at times, even though they are sung in Urdu and other Indian languages. It’s all acoustic music, a blend of Bagewadi’s supple and amazing vocals with cello, stand-up bass, guitar and various hand drums.””

Surowicz - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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