May 17, 2011

Rhodeo 1120 Roots

Hello, last week we ended up in India, a subcontinent pushing up the Himalayas these last 60million years. India has been the worlds first melting pot and it's mainly Hindu belief system has always been open to other beliefs..hence the hundreds of Gods and Goddesses. They have a very rich musical culture aswell, these days the label classic indian music is not just for orchestras but for the many virtuoso artists aswell. Here in the west the name Ravi Shankar rings a bell but there have been and are many more, but with a billion strong homemarket the need to go west isn't that great, besides many western artists come to India to jam and or organize recordings.
India's music scene is as colourful as their Holi-festival. Unfortunately i'm not that much of an expert here so i leave you with choice of two albums by virtuoso's, Sitar Star Shankar and Tabla master Bose

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Ravi Shankar, the legendary sitarist and composer is India's most esteemed musical Ambassador and a singular phenomenon in the classical music worlds of East and West. As a performer, composer, teacher and writer, he has done more for Indian music than any other musician. He is well known for his pioneering work in bringing Indian music to the West. This however, he did only after long years of dedicated study under his illustrious guru Baba Allaudin Khan and after making a name for himself in India.

In the period of the awakening of the younger generation in the mid 60's, Ravi Shankar gave three memorable concerts - Monterey Pop Festival, Concert for Bangla Desh and The Woodstock Festival. Mr. Shankar has several disciples and many of them are now very succesful concert artists and composers. The love and respect he commands both in India and in the West is unique in the annals of the history of music.

Perhaps no greater tribute can be paid to this genius than the words of his colleagues:

"Ravi Shankar has brought me a precious gift and through him I have added a new dimension to my experience of music. To me, his genius and his humanity can only be compared to that of MOZART'S." - Yehudi Menuhin

Ravi Shankar - Unique (129mb)

1. Raga Bhatiyar 18:40
2. Raga Sindhi Bhairavi 34:15

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Kumar Bose is a master tabla player from the Benares gharana school. A disciple of Pandit Kishan Maharaj, Bose is best known for the decade he spent as part of Ravi Shankar's ensemble in the 1970s. Dynamic is a single improvisation based on classical themes in the tintaal rhythm (16 beats). And while the album is billed as a solo tabla recording, there are two other instruments providing drones and melodies for Bose's stunning improvisations, a sarangi and a harmonium. They simultaneously offer Bose a repetitive and cyclic melody known as the 16-beat Iehara. His own response is not just rhythmic, but lyrical as well. His structural approach on the first disc is to play across themes and variations, and on the second, to go off into wild flights of improvisation on the two drums (tabla and bayan). Bose continually astonishes, as well as delights, a hallmark of his genius. Wonderfully recorded live at the Saptak Festival, in 2002.

Kumar Bose - Dynamic ( 178mb)

101 - Tabla Solo - Teentaal Part 1 15:16
102 - Tabla Solo - Teentaal Part 1 Continued 12:51
103 - Tabla Solo - Teentaal Part 1 Continued 2 12:02
104 - Tabla Solo - Teentaal Part 1 Continued 3 08:20
201 - Tabla Solo - Teentaal Part 2 14:57
202 - Tabla Solo - Teentaal Part 2 Continued 10:30
203 - Tabla Solo - Teentaal Part 2 Continued 2 07:51

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