The RAah Project is a collaboration between Melbourne based composer/producers Ryan Ritchie and Tamil Rogeon. Taken on as a means to musically investigate the grey areas between genres and express themselves through writing and performance, The RAah Project’s “Score” explores classical, jazz, hip-hop, electronic and drum & bass, utilising the full potential of some of Melbourne’s most exquisite musicians and a breadth of production expertise from the core duo. It is an original contemporary music project embracing both traditional and new principles of jazz improvisation and arrangement plus 20th century composition, song, verse and flow.
The record “Score” was created with a 17 piece string section, a full Big Band (the Australian Show Band) and a selection of jazz/funk players from Melbourne’s vibrant music scenes. The thirteen tracks combine big band vocals and orchestration, soaring cinematic string arrangements, hip hop beats, soul motifs and simple pop melodies with surprising and absorbing results. The project was funded by Arts Victoria and its live presentation (incorporating a full chamber ensemble) was developed with the assistance of the Victorian Arts Centre’s SMASHLAB program.
Ritchie and Rogeon share love of diverse musical formats and gain equal enjoyment. From pounding modern electronic beats and traditional orchestral music, the two work and tour as part of critically acclaimed ensemble, True Live, as well as on various individual projects as producers, arrangers and performers.
Ritchie is the founder of and writer producer behind True Live and the writer/producer behind Paris Wells. He completed a BA in Music Composition/performance at the VCA in 2003 and has performed in support of artists such as The Roots, De La Soul, Roots Manuva, Justin Timberlake and Moby as well as playing at most major festivals throughout Australia. He has scored for film including Melbourne International Film Festival documentary winner RASH. A multi instrumentalist and vocalist – Ritchie is currently writing a solo vocal record.
Rogeon completed a BA in Music Performance at the VCA in 1997. His special interests in jazz and Brazilian music have been consolidated through study, performance and recoding stints in New York and Rio and he currently works in music performance, production, education and composition for film/TV and dance. As a founding member of the Melbourne-based ensemble Tue Live, Rogeon has performed at major arts and rock festivals across the country including Meredith Music Festival, Falls Festival, Big Day Out and the Adelaide and Melbourne international arts festivals.
He has also toured with the live film music ensemble Blue Grassy Knoll at Singapore Arts Festival 2006. Recently, Rogeon has composed an orchestral score for the AFC funded film The Hedge and a Bollywood funk score for the ABC doco Beyond The Back Yard.
During the height of Summer Festival madness, British tastemaker Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1), the man responsible for discovering groups like The Roots, 4Hero and Roni Size Reprazent picked “Score” as his biggest find of his Australian tour, playing “Will You Be There” and “All Of Your Things” two weeks in a row on his show “Worldwide”, a feat normally only achieved recently by the Q-Tips, Jazzanova’s and Cinematic Orchestra’s of the world.
“There was a project out of Melbourne called the RAah Project. They gave me a CD, I checked it out on the way home, I couldn’t believe how good it was – it was definitely up there and beyond. It was a bit of Matthew Herbert, a little bit of Sa-Ra Creative Partners, but with its own melodic Australian vibe going on.” Gilles Peterson on The Independent
“Thank u sooo much for the promo of the album … Its one of the best things ive heard in a long time! You have my full support! Im grateful to have a heads up on this project … Congrats and Blessings to You All!!” Osunlade
“I really like the LP. It’s definitely one of the most interesting and diverse albums I’ve heard this year. I will definitely be supporting it on my show” Kevin Beadle (Solar Radio)
“Thanks for sending over The RAah Project CD, I’ve really enjoyed listening to it over the last week or so.” Simon Harris (Basic Soul Radio)
“I got sent the Raah Project CD through the post last week. It’s the best sounding recording I have heard this year. Everything about it screams quality. I would love to see this sell a lot of copies.” Faze Action
“I have had a copy of the Australian version for a while, but am glad to see it’s getting a wider release. You can count on me for radio play, for sure. Great album!” Andrew Jervis (Ubiquity Records)
“I received the full CD, a GREAT discovery and cool start for the new label! GRAZIE … will include in my Jazzthing reviews for winter issue and play in the radio soon!” Michael Rütten (Soulpatrol – Soulsearching Radio Show)
“Thanks for sending the raah project CD. Couldn’t stop listening to it. … beautiful album! Love to hear more from these guys in the future!” John Cong (Do Right! Music)
01. Dawn To The Night
02. Funeral Wedding
04. Trick Of The Light
05. Swing On Her Shoes Movement 1
06. Swing On Her Shoes Movement 2
07. Will You Be There
09. Space Between Thoughts
11. All Of Your Things
13. Covered Up In The Stars
The album The RAah Project “Score” (Summer Dawn) is going to be released November 27, 2009.