New CreAsian Album! "Get the Picture?"
After sitting on local artiste-comedian Allan Perera's "kitchen shelf" for over 17 years, Perera's international music album, ‘Get the Picture’, is finally being released online to the public this Deepavali season.
When informed about the long overdue release, Perera’s band members, most of whom had long forgotten about the album, were amused, as they hadn't listened to the album for 17 years. Perera’s band, named 'CreAsian' consists of 12 internationally acclaimed musicians. (Scroll down and get to know them.)
The CreAsian album 'Get the Picture' features 7 originals written by Perera, 2 originals written by Jamie Wilson and an ethnic fusion cover of Mack Rice’s 'Mustang Sally'.
Perera’s album falls under the ‘world fusion’ genre, and marries Western styles such as pop, rock, R&B, funk, and Latin with traditional Indian classical and other Asian styles, creating a new unique and distinct ‘CreAsian’—a hybrid world music collage.
A netizen who has heard the album commented, "I love the Asian flavour of the sitar, tabla and vocals. Great stuff mixed in with amazing guitar. 'Mustang Sally' never sounded so good."
Get the Picture?
by Allan Perera & CreAsian2017
Play one of the songs
And the lyrics will be here
CreAsian Album Super Mix
10 tracks, 57 minutes of the Asian Experience
The word CreAsian comes from Allan's intention to "Create the Asian Experience" for mainstream music listeners, by blending Western genres such as pop, rock, funk, and R&B with Eastern ethnic music.
High-Quality 320kbps MP3 Files
Re-mastered in 2017, the high-quality 320 kbps MP3 files are engineered to sound great on your headphones and speakers.
Fast digital download
No waiting for shipping. Hosted on a world-class CDN, its download speed is perhaps faster than Youtube.
Proceeds fund the next Giggle Show
Giggle is a charity fundraising organization by Allan Perera that supports multiple charities. More details on Giggle here. Support this album, and we could do a fundraiser concert in 2018!
The Story of CreAsian
Allan Perera's interest into fusion music stemmed from the time he was involved in performing with early AsiaBeat band, led by Lewis Pragasam, in the early 80s.
The unique composition of Asian rhythms and instruments fascinated him and led him to eventually, many years later, record his dream album... "Get the Picture".
To fulfill his ambition, he met up with then up-and-coming Malaysian sitar player Samuel J. Dass in 1996 and convinced him to do a collaboration together. They spent the next four years learning from each other's musical disciplines: Samuel from South and North Indian musical forms, and Allan from Western musical genres.
Although there were already a few fusion bands in the 70s and 80s, such as Shakti, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Trilok Gurtu, and John Kaizan Neptune, to name a few, Allan felt these fusion bands, though brilliant and complex, lacked mainstream appeal.
Having that in mind, Allan began composing fusion music, making Western music forms (funk, jazz, rock, Latin, R&B) as the root base, and blended it with a variety of Southern and Northern Indian instruments and styles. And thus was born a new and original musical sound and experience... CreAsian.
The band, CreAsian, which means Creating the Asian Experience, was formed, and its members were handpicked to record the album. Personally funded by Allan, no expense was spared. It was recorded at Synchrosound Studios in Petaling Jaya, which was the best digital recording studio available. Recording started in November 1999 and ten songs were completed by March 2000.
After the completion of the album, Allan's mission was to get it published, but unfortunately, no record company wanted to support it, most of them stating that the music was too ahead of its time.
So, with no money left, Allan, frustrated and heartbroken, took to the life of comedy. Hahaha...
Hence, this album has been sitting on Allan's kitchen shelf for over 17 years and in the meantime, the world has been exposed to a barrage of international fusion music. So, why not now release the album the professionals said, had no market 17 years ago.
So hopefully now the world is ready...
Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you... the CreAsian Band by Allan Perera.