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The new CD, "Invasion", is now available on planet earth!!

Alien Chatter has returned with their sophomore release entitled “Invasion”. The new CD finds the duo of percussionist Satnam Ramgotra and keyboardist Rodney Lee delving deeper into their unique spin on Indo-Jazz fusion that they now call Indo-Jazztronica.

Furthermore, on this recording a few earthlings have joined Alien Chatter on their cosmic explorations. Perhaps one of the most recorded guitarists of our time, Michael Landau, is featured on a few tracks along with Shri Aloke DasGupta on sitar, and Jimmy Mahlis on oud. Bassists Shawn Davis, Rico Belled, and Stan Sargeant provide the low end.

“It is our ‘Dark Side of the Moon’, says Rodney Lee. We poured everything we had into this recording over the past few years, and we are extremely proud of the results. Listen for the unexpected…there are a lot of twists and turns in these compositions.”

Indo-Jazz Fusion and beyond

"Their shit's trippy, funked-up and jazzilicious, laced with extra helpings of curry powder or double doses of chill-pill, depending on which way their galactically informed muses sway them."
Tom Cheney, The LA Weekly

Alien Chatter is the unexpected duo of Indian percussionist Satnam Ramgotra and keyboardist Rodney Lee. Their sonic emissions are a sophisticated blend of atmospheric electronic textures and exotic rhythms. It’s an eclectic mix of Indian tabla drums, acoustic jazz piano, synths, beatbox, spoken word in a primordial soup of electronics. The resulting experience is what happens when Massive Attack meets Tabla Beat Science and chill with the martians.

Formed in 2002, Alien Chatter was surprised, to so say the least, by the critical acclaim heaped upon their genre busting debut release, "Music For Aliens" in 2003. In addition, they began to acquire a diverse and ever-growing audience from their live performances throughout Los Angeles...an eclectic audience seeking refuge from the sameness of the music around them.

"We are continually overwhelmed by how well the music works on listeners who have no idea what they are about to hear, says Rodney Lee. In a lot of ways it is refreshing to play for an audience that has no pre-conceived expectations and is open for something new."

Individually, the duo has racked up an impressive list of credits as 'hired guns' in the music world. Satnam has played drums, Tabla, and percussion with everyone from Beck to Sting to Nikka Costa to Niyaz and Cheb i Sabbah and has worked extensively on film and television music. Rodney Lee has played/recorded with Terence Trent D'Arby, Freddie Hubbard, Anastacia, Jody Watley, The B-Sharp Jazz Quartet, and many others. Lee has also been involved in composing music for film and television.

In the tradition of Indo-Jazz Fusion and world electronic artists such as John McLaughlin, Shakti, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Zakir Hussain, and Talvin Singh, Alien Chatter is forging new ground with it's unique modern take on East meets West.

"We call it INDO-JAZZTRONICA, says Satnam Ramgotra. So Sit back, relax, and listen to Alien Chatter."

Alien Chatter Promo

Our current release entitled
is available through CDBaby.com or iTunes

Our 2003 Debut release
"Music For Aliens"

is available through CDBaby.com or
Alien Chatter - Music for Aliens


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During the process of recording our first CD, Satnam brought in a few of his poems that reflected a one world, one people sentiment. This theme tied in beautifully with my fascination of the cosmos and the belief that we are connected to something much greater than the day to day rotations of our tiny planet. We included these poems as spoken word moments on a few of the tracks. This synergy lead to a desire to forge a relationship with the countries of our ancestors that would go beyond the musical legacy reflected in our compositions. So we decided to support charities involved in both Africa and India.

With all of the conflicts going on all over the world, it's easy to overlook the most innocent among us...the children. Please follow the links below for more information on how you can help.

Thank you,

Alien Chatter proudly supports the Hope for African Children Initiative.

The Hope for African Children Initiative is a community-based, pan-African effort created to address the enormous challenges faced by more than 13 million children who have been orphaned by the AIDS pandemic in Africa and the millions more whose parents are sick or dying of AIDS-related illnesses.
We also support the Girl Trafficking Rehabilitation Project.

KATHMANDU, NEPAL. Every year, a staggering 7,000 to as many as 10,000 Nepalese girls -- children between the ages of 9 and 16 -- are trafficked against their will across the open border with India, and sold into prostitution in cities like Bombay.

Watch this space for more info....more shows, more pictures, more music........this is only the beginning!!!!

E-mail satnam.ramgotra "at" alienchatter.com or rodney "at" alienchatter.com

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