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11 April 2005
The brainchild of Nantes-based bassist and Indian music enthusiast Simon Mary, Mukta was assembled in 1994, with trumpeter Geoffroy Tamisier, drummer Jean Chevalier, and sitarist Brigitte Menon. Mukta ('pearl' in Sanskrit), impressed fans of unusual musical hybrids everywhere with the release of their debut album in 1999, Indian Sitar & World Jazz.  Pioneers of 'Asian Vibe', fusing Indian traditional sounds with jazz, Mukta, with their own brand of world music, defy categorisation.  Recorded in Delhi, and featuring sarod master Biswajit Roy Chowdury, Haveli is inspired by the tales of Aladdin and the legend of Sheherazade, and the new compositions have an Eastern quality, with enchanting melodies and voluptuous rhythms.