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Veten Ruhu (Spirit of My Land)

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Sahib Pashazade - Tar
Sabir Memmedov - Clarinet
Mahmud Salah - Gaval
Nandan Gautam- Keyboards, Bass and Guitar Programming
Scott Bell - Trumpets
Joao Balao - Additional Percussion
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“We live our lives in blindness, and cloak it with knowledge. Like a watch that keeps time, but knows nothing of it,” The Voice spoke. “But I will break time, so that you can know what it truly is.”  

~ The Book of Sirius

A metaphysical novel paired with two companion music albums, The King of the Sea transports you into a new dimension –  where reality lies suspended between the past and the future. Push play and you are beamed into The King Of The Sea universe, shifting from the writer's inner journey towards the truth to a fictional character’s similar quest. The memoir and the thrilling sea epic weave in and out, diving into the deepest layers of the subconscious with startling honesty and gut-wrenching emotionality, offering a wealth of insights into personal growth, self-revelation and ultimately, love.

Both albums The King of the Sea and The Divine Flaw are available to the reader via an exclusive weblink provided in the book. The music features Grammy Award Winner Antonio Sanchez, Pianist Rainer Brüninghaus, Keyboardist Tom Schuman, Drummer Chad Wackerman, Clarinetist Sabir Memmedov, Guitarists Tony Das, Amit Heri, Ilia Maisuradze and Ananth Menon, who helped to make this a uniquely immersive and expansive experience.




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The King of the Sea

"It is a wonderfully eclectic album but one where the tracks still sit easily side by side as western pop and rock are subsumed by eastern spirituality and shimmering beauty. And for all its mercurial and wide ranging references it has a wonderfully cohesive sound one that feels natural, unforced, organic. Perhaps it isn’t an album that Nandan Gautam could have made as the younger man, when he was perhaps trying too hard. This is the sound of a musician allowing the music to come to him rather than searching it out. Perhaps two decades is worth the wait for him to make such a fantastic and singular record. Actually, there is no perhaps about it." ~ Dave Franklin

Nandan Gautam: Voice, Synth, Bass & Drum Programming
Tony Das: Electric and Ambient Guitars
Ilia Maisuradze: Electric and Ambient Guitars
Sabir Memmedov: Clarinet
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The Divine Flaw

More accessible and more experimental than its predecessor... the second companion album merges the acoustic and the electronic... World, Jazz, Prog, Rock and Sufi music... to create an otherworldly sound unlike anything you might find on the pop charts...

Nandan Gautam: Voice, Synth & Bass Programming 
Rainer Brüninghaus: Piano
Tom Schuman: Keyboards
Antonio Sanchez: Drums
Chad Wackerman: Drums
Tony Das: Electric and Ambient Guitars
Amit Heri: Electric and Rhythm Guitars
Ananth Menon: Electric Guitar
Sabir Memmedov: Clarinet
Bharat Thakur: Voice

Nandan Gautam - The Glory of Love (feat. Ilia Maisuradze)
Nandan Gautam - The Glory of Love (feat. Ilia Maisuradze)
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Nandan Gautam – You Escape Yourself [feat. Tony Das]
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The King of the Sea [Trailer One]
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Nandan Gautam – The Divine Flaw (feat. Rainer Brüninghaus and Antonio Sanchez) [4K]
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The Voice in the Sea [Trailer]
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The Book of Sirius [Trailer Two]
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Nandan Gautam – The Ship of Desires [feat. Tony Das]
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Baku-based writer, composer and yoga exponent Nandan Gautam grew up in Bangalore, India. He received his bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from Mc Daniel College, Maryland, USA and worked at newspaper USA Today for a few years. He returned to India to study yoga and meditation for the next twenty years under spiritual master Bharat Thakur. 


He comfortably straddles several realms – teaching meditation, writing and composing music aligned to his sophisticated jazz-pop tastes and imbuing it with eastern folk sounds and meditative chants, alongside extended guitar and piano solos.


Nine years after writing his first book, A Lie and a Truth – a crisp, breezy but incisive anthology of conversations and life experiences with his master, he completes his first multi-media project The King of the Sea. He pairs this mind-bending metaphysical novel with two experience-enhancing companion albums.

Nandan composed, produced, handled all the voices, keyboards, beats and bass lines on The King of the Sea as well as The Divine Flaw. Nandan also features some of the finest musicians in the world – Rainer Brüninghaus (Composer/Pianist with Jan Garbarek and Eberhard Weber), Tom Schuman (Keyboardist/Co-leader of Spyro Gyra), Chad Wackerman (Composer/Drummer with Allan Holdworth and Frank Zappa) and Grammy award winner Antonio Sanchez (Drummer/Composer with Pat Metheny and composer of the original film score for Birdman), all of whom are/were part of the revolutionary bands that he grew up listening to.

Both albums serve as musical counterpoints to Nandan's book narrative. "I look for untouched spaces... undiscovered realms... There is vast universe inside each of us... I try to find the doors and open them up... for myself and hopefully for others as well..."


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