Ustad Saami – East Pakistan Sky (Glitterbeat, digital)

Ustad Saami is an early riser and a hard worker: every morning he gets up at 4 am and practices for hours singing the 49-note microtonal shruti scale. Not only because he is the only remaining artist who cherishes this tradition, his new album »East Pakistan Sky,« his third overall and the ninth release in the »Hidden Musics« series of the Glitterbeat label, is a true gift. But also because the two recordings, 29 and six and a half minutes long respectively, are of incomparable intensity.