Jason Hall reviews Flight 182 Meditations, a sonic exploration with composer John Oliver

Title:  Flight 182 Meditations  Flight 182 Meditations
Artist(s):  Renée Sarojini Saklikar And John Oliver
Genre:  Contemporary Classical
Label:  earsay music
Sample:  Exhibit: When I Dance A Morning Raga
Notes:  With eerie sonic overlays, spoken word, and original music, Flight 182 Meditations makes the 1985 bombing of Air India flight 182 real in ways no amount of archival testimony and documentation can. Poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s aunt and uncle were among the dead, so Meditations is also an “exploration into the nature of individual loss found in the midst of collective suffering…”

Track 4, “Exhibit: When I Dance A Morning Raga”, blends sitar flourishes, the poet’s personal reflections and legal testimony to transport us in time and place.

If you didn’t have a personal connection with the tragedy (all 329 passengers and crew perished) and tuned out news coverage somewhere along its 20 plus years of investigation and prosecution (the most expensive trial in Canadian history), listen to Flight 182 Meditations as a valuable reminder that tragedies like this are not about statistics (as staggering as they are); they’re about everyday people like you and me.

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