By deciding to fly to Ladakh in North India in the autumn of 2013, I fulfilled a long-held personal aspiration.
In the run-up to the trip, I had been working on a design for a piece of music that has now become the title song of my new album, "Going to Ladakh". To me, it is so touching that the main melody of this piece would almost become like a harbinger reflecting the course of my journey.
Originally, I had planned a few trekking tours in the north of the country, and wanted to travel to the south of the country later, but soon after the landing in Dheli it was clear that there would be a change of plan, because I had forgotten my mountain boots in Austria.
In other words, my new plan was: no plan.
That is how I came to participate in the so-called "Kalachakra" in Leh (North India) for two weeks. This is a high Buddhist religious ritual, translated as "Wheel of Time", performed in the presence of the Dalai Lama. The practice associated with the Kalachakra is also referred to as the Kalachakra for world peace, since it is also intended to fulfil the function of bringing people together.
It was also about inner and outer purification, soothing local spirits. The hours-long daily chants of the Buddhist monks, the calm and serenity in their voices, was an inspiration for my music. And yet worldly encounters have also found their way into my songs, such as the answer of a taxi driver to my question "How long will we be on the road?", to which he replied, it is first life that counts, and then time.
("First live, second time").
The zest for life and spirituality of the local population, despite obvious material poverty, touched me as a person and as a musician. The two-month trip to Ladakh introduced a deep inner satisfaction into my life.
I have transformed this feeling acoustically within my new compositions.
"Your new album has become something well-rounded and successful. I am especially charmed by your moody intros and soundscapes. An unusual lineup, with two of Austria's leading instrumentalists, guarantees a unique band sound and plenty of room for your ideas. The music is pleasantly fresh and sounds outstanding."
Heinrich von Kalnein, saxophonist, composer, lecturer at the University of Graz"
San Pol ( Achim Kirchmair)
N´Aron ( Achim Kirchmair)
On the Road ( Ali Angerer)
Going to Ladakh ( Achim Kirchmair- Ingrid frida Moser)
Waltz me ( Ali Angerer)
Do Coracau ( Achim Kirchmair)
1301 ( Ali Angerer)
You left us alone ( Achim Kirchmair)
Bilk ( Ali Angerer)
Love ( Achim Kirchmair)
We had a two days recording session in the private house of Seppl Sturm.
For me it was important that every song was not played too often during the recording session.
Most of the compositions were played one or two times. We have decided not to listen to the single admission but trust our feeling whether it was good. At this point I would like to thank Ingrid Frida Moser. She has judged outstanding the recording. Short inquiries “What you think?” and her answers have helped us very much. Thus we have succeeded in remaining fresh.
In “waltz me” and “Do Coracau” I have played a Solo afterwards and in “on the road” an accompanying guitar.
Otherwise no overdubs.
Seppl Sturm - Studio ,Equipement und Gastgeber
Benni Klinger - Tontechmik Aufnahmevideos und Studio Fotos
Ingrid frida Moser - Aufnahmeleitung
Thomas Mauerhofer - Mix
Overdub- recording Live In Trees Music
Emil Spany - Master
Ali Angerer - Covergestaltung
Reinhard Artberg - Coverbild