Tom Weiss Music

Akbar And Birbal

I learned about Akbar and Birbal on a long Air India flight. Akbar the Great, a Muslim of Persian origin, was emperor over of what is today Pakistan and northern India. Practicing much more than mere religious tolerance, he embraced and supported diverse religions in his empire. Birbal, a Hindu, was his cleverest and most trusted advisor. Indian parents tell their children delightful, legendary stories about the pair, each with an important lesson. Thus inspired, I decided to delve into the various "exotic" scales used in Indian music. I picked one at random (Bhairav) and noodled around until this piece resulted.



"Akbar And Birbal" is the sixth track of the album You Are Elevated.

Guest Performances

Colin Kovarik drums & percussion
Geoff Kovarik bass guitars