Band Website: www.karnataka.org.uk
Label: Immrama/VoicePrint Records
Label Website: www.voiceprint.co.uk
Release Date: 2010
This is the fourth studio release for Karnataka and so much has been written about the various personnel shuffles that have taken place so I won’t even go there. The band’s line-up looks like this; Ian Jones (bass guitars, keyboards, bass pedals, piano, percussion, bodhran, programming), Lisa Fury (vocals, percussion), Ian Harris (drums), Gonzalo Carrera (keyboards) and Enrico Pinna (lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars). The band have also enlisted a number of guests; Troy Donockley (Uillean pipes, whistles arrangements on 4, 6 & 8), Hugh Mac Dowell (cellos, cello arrangements on 3, 6, 7 & 8), Philippe Honore (violin) Bridget Davey (violin), Jane Fenton (cello) and Clive Howard (viola). Comparing the musical output from different line-ups is always a tricky thing. Suffice to say I like what I hear on The Gathering Light. I like it a lot!
The Gathering Light consists of 8 mostly
long compositions, the first two, “The Calling” [1:59] and “State of
The Gathering Light is a superb CD in every respect. To me it’s one of those discs that doesn’t really have any weak spots. Not that its perfect, but it’s just so good and pleasant to listen to over and over again. Fans of Karnataka must already have this disc in their sweaty palms so it’s left up to the newbies to grab hold. Trust me; it’s a great addition to the prog library.