Nowhere near home, Kartick & Gotam were traveling from South India to a remote village in Indonesia, in a journey through Asia recording indigenous music forms. An overbooked flight and unexpected luck landed them in business class luxury. In transit in Singapore, they applied for the visa to Indonesia, and the Special Permit to Aceh. It was to take 3 hours. 6 hours later, the flight left without them. 3 days later, they were still waiting - Business Class Refugees without passports, identity, and stateless - sipping free champagne in the airline lounge or aimlessly roaming Singapore Airport... sometimes homesick, sometimes worried, but mostly, making music on their laptops.
Business Class Refugees is now a global, collaborative project by music producer Kartick (Patrick Sebag) and sound designer Gotam (Yotam Agam), who mix local music from around the world with electronica… electro - folk without borders, global flavours, and a cross-cultural mixture of emotions, realities, styles, languages - and irresistible grooves. Taking their base tracks around the world, Kartick & Gotam collaborate with local musicians to overlay local artistic interpretation and signatures. This album is where Kartick & Gotam’s journey began: India.
Business Class Refugees features distinguished artists such as Mahesh Vinayakram, Erez Lev Ari, Navin Iyer, Yoav Bunzel, Anuradha Viswanathan, Murad Ali & Mishko M’Ba.
SOME PRESS VOICE
“Classy, enchanting music; a mélange of Indian and Western styles of music” The Times of India (June 2009)
“Israeli duo with unchecked enthusiasm for Indian sounds, a fusion extravaganza” The New Indian Express (June 2009)
“Global in form and spirit, the album boasts of indomitable energy. There’s an earnestness and ebullience that is admirable” Economic Times (May 2009)
“ Business Class Refugees strikes out on a musical journey that is utterly captivating, truly a global musical tapestry” WorldMusicCentral (June 2009)
"This is not only heavenly, it's beautiful" Pathaan, BBC Asian Network (June 2009)
"Another terrific release by Earthsync" DJ Ritu, BBC London (July 09)