“Inter-connected fluid trance-formations pulsate through harmonic vibrations.”
Maz Karandish is a devotee of music: A vocalist and multi-instrumentalist covering grounds from Raga, Maqam, and Dastgah to Harmony, Jazz, and Opera. He has been studying music from a very young age and has spent extensive time exploring world music within each of their respective traditions over the past two decades. Maz utilizes his voice in addition to about a dozen instruments to bring the various forms of music to life. He is currently most active in exploring the sitar as it is expressed and understood within the Imdad-Khani tradition while maintaining his connection to his roots through Persian Classical and Folk music.
Maz finds himself devoting the majority of his time to exploring possible fusion of Indian, Persian, and Eastern music with modern soundscapes. In addition, he sings and plays Oud, Persian Tar, Turkish Saz, and Ney with the Santa Barbara Middle Eastern Ensemble where he specializes in Near East, Persian, Arabic, and Turkish repertoire. On his spare time Maz enjoys writing compositions that incorporate world instruments, synths, electronic beats fused with world vocal sounds ranging from West African folk based melodies, Indian syllable-based Dhrupad/Tarana, and on to Tahrir-based Persian classical singing.
Mah-Ze-Tar is the fusion project that Maz has been working on since 2015. His ultimate vision is to fuse traditional music of the East with modern electronic composition as a form of cultural preservation. Maz feels deeply connected to these musical traditions and often recognizes that many people of his generation have a difficult time fully relating to and engaging with traditional music. Therefore this first project, Liquid Lotus, is an illumination of the possible ways in which such fusion, inspired by Eastern traditional music, can come intro form in a way that creates deeper connection with non-traditional listeners.
This is the first album that Maz has ever planned to release. The album consists of 9 different songs, each pertaining to a particular Indian Raga. Maz sings in Hindi, Farsi, and English while bringing in vocal textures based on syllables of the ancient Indian Dhrupad tradition. Liquid Lotus is more of a journey then a set of songs that simply play one track to the next. The album glides through everything from ambient textures to full blown rhythmic trance movements. His unique style of expression paired with world instruments creates a soundscape that is quite unique.
Instruments on the album:
Sitar, Oud, Turkish Saz, Dilruba and Bansuri