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So The Journey Goes

by Autorickshaw

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I’m Leaving Chennai Station, my bags are all packed, A personal migration, get back, get back! I’m looking at the people who stare back at me, About to start the journey of self-discovery, How do they see my differences with the same dress and skin? How do they know me as a foreign alien? Now I hear that train a-hummin’, I’ve got to move on, I just can’t help but singing this song, it goes along, like this: Chalanata Blues are gonna get you if you never choose to speak your mind out loud, Different isn’t wrong, just a new and precious song you should sing so strong and proud, Riding’ on the rails of life, Railway crossing: ease and strife Your mind’s your voice for every choice, So the journey goes. So the journey goes… Embarkation is at Chennai Egmore Central Station, Mambalam, Thambaram, Chengalpattu, Maduranthakam, Milmaruvatur, Villupuram, Tiruchirapalli junction, Kottayam, Thiruvalla, Chenganur, Kodumudi, Erode Junction. The landscape’s rolling by now with a whispering wind, Why do they rarely stop and just drink it all in? If hearts are worn on sleeves, maybe our souls walk our paths, And spirits start to soar only when egos are trashed. Experience is teacher, religion and muse, For worse or better, it is the course that I choose, Now I’m heading for that junction, destination unknown, This journey is a function of finding my home…
Manju Nihar 06:52
Aaj Ki Raat 05:05
Chana 05:24
Surya 04:54
Maa 04:54


2007 JUNO-nominee:
World Music Album of the Year

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This album is dedicated to the memory of Jane Hanley and Snehesh Sinha

“Your mind’s your voice for every choice, so the journey goes…”
This describes not only the musical journey of this album, but also the process of making the album.

The music runs the gamut from traditional south Indian to jazz-infused originals to classic Bollywood.

The members of autorickshaw (Suba Sankaran, Ed Hanley, Rich Brown and Debashis Sinha) have had the pleasure of working with world-renowned guest musicians and we chose to continue the tradition by inviting them to join us in the studio - to capture the experience in sound.

After many sleepless nights, long hours in the studio, and inevitable twists in the road, we’re thrilled to present this audio snapshot of the past two years of composition, touring and collaboration.

We hope you enjoy the journey.

Suba and Ed, November 2006


released January 3, 2007

Produced by Ed Hanley & Suba Sankaran
Recorded by Jeremy Darby at Canterbury Sound, Toronto
Additional recording by Dylan Bell at FreePlay Studios
Edited by Jeremy Darby, Ed Hanley, Suba Sankaran and Dylan Bell
Mixed by Dylan Bell at FreePlay Studios
Mastered at the E-Room by Peter J. Moore
Photography by Rob Allen
Design by Paul Van Dongen

This recording was made possible through the assistance of the Canada Music Fund and the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Tracks 1, 6, 7 and 10 commissioned by Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

This recording was made possible through the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council.

Special thanks to the musicians and collaborators who have helped shape this music in live performance: Rich Brown, Debashis Sinha, Trichy Sankaran, John Gzowski, Kevin Breit, George Koller, Mark McLean, The Hannaford Street Silver Band, Dylan Bell, Patrick Graham, Marc Rogers and Alan Hetherington

Mark McLean plays Yamaha drums, Zildjian cymbals and sticks and Regal Tip brushes exclusively
Deb Sinha plays frame drums and other great Canadian made percussion by Mountain Rythym www.mountainrythym.com
Rich Brown uses Aguilar Amplification and plays Kenneth Lawrence basses


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Autorickshaw Toronto, Ontario

Canadian Indo-fusion ensemble Autorickshaw has been called one of the most interesting acts on the world music landscape. Their sound showcases the sultry, sophisticated vocals of Suba Sankaran, anchored by the driving bass-lines & beatboxing of Dylan Bell over a bed of intricate tabla grooves by Ed Hanley. Autorickshaw has toured extensively across Canada, the US, the UK, Europe, India & Nepal. ... more

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