Al Gromer Khan is a sitar player who enjoys experimenting with the well-known classical Indian instrument by blending techno beats and spacey studio dubs with the twisting pressed fingers on his frets. The music on Sitar Secrets offers ambiance and delivers a rather sensual feel to the world music genre.
“Rising to prominence after his debut CD Mahogany Nights, “ambient” sitar player Al Gromer Khan has carved out a singular niche, combining the rich traditions of Indian sitar music with exotic yet accessible ambient electronica textures and rhythms. On Sitar Secrets, Gromer Khan explores his authentic Indian music persona more directly—four of the nine tracks are straight-up ragas, whereas the other five explore the merging of the ancient (sitar) with the modern (synthesizers and beats). Sitar Secrets may introduce the Indian raga musical form to the artist’s ambient fans, as Gromer Khan performs not just the ambient-like alaap phase of the raga, but the more active rhythmic passages as well, aided by tabla player Suman Sarkar. Mingling the two approaches makes for an exotic amalgam.” – New Age Retailer