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Happy Birthday Philip Glass!

Imagine, if you will, a 46-year-old Ravi Shankar meeting at 29-year-old Philip Glass in Paris, 1966. Ravi was there recording his score to Conrad Rooks’ surreal, non linear, autobiographical film Chappaqua. Glass was there on a Fulbright scholarship studying under Nadia Boulanger.  Hired to transpose the Indian Classical compositions into Western Notation for the Chappaqua sessions, the two met. At the time, both men had a strong sense of who they were and where they wanted their music to go. Ravi wanted to bring the treasures of Indian Classical to the world through his massive dedication to touring and performance; he also wanted to explore how Western…

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Distribution News – Sony India

We at East Meets West Music are excited to announce a new distribution relationship with Sony Music India that will bring the East Meets West Catalog to India and other Middle East Regions. It has long been the goal of EMWMusic to bring Ravi’s recordings to his home country and to share the music of the Maestro with audiences far and wide. As EMWM’s exclusive distributor in India, Sony will help us with our mission of bringing Ravi’s music and humanitarian message the world.  Sukanya Shankar notes, “…this was his dream, and it will be a treasure trove for audiences.” Adds Arjun Sankalia, Director International Music & Special Projects,…

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Bickram Ghosh – Live – Drums of India

Electrifying, entrancing, unbelievable – that’s what it’s like to see tabla player Bickram Ghosh perform live with his group Drums of India.  With four master drummers from India playing a variety of traditional Indian drums and supported with sitar, Drums of India delivers audiences into an animated, percussive sea of beats ands rhythms that connects East and West.  Get your tickets today to see them live on October 15, 2016 at The Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia!

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Distribution News

After a great five year relationship with Harmonia Mundi as our distribution agent, East Meets West Music is excited to announce a new relationship with RedEye Worldwide and their affiliate Clandestine Distribution and Marketing.  Honored in 2016 by the Music Business Association in Nashville with the Independent Spirit Award, RedEye Worldwide is the largest distributor of independent music and “continues to embody the principles of the Independent Spirit Award by using its first-class resources to give a voice to artists of all sizes all over the globe.” We are thrilled to find a home that keeps with the Maestro’s legacy of innovation and musical freedom.

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Astrella Rock T-Shirts

04/08/2014 | ASTRELLA | ROCK T-SHIRTS EMWMusic is teaming up with Astrella, Inc. and making available a great summer t-shirt featuring artwork from the Grammy-winning LIVING ROOM SESSION PART 1. Included with each t-shirt purchase is a code for a free download of the outstanding last recording session of Ravi Shankar. Check out all her designs for the current spring line-up at her website, featuring jazz and blues greats and their brilliant music. Living Room Sessions T-Shirt Available Summer 2014.

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Lakshmi Shankar

June 16, 1926 – December 30, 2013 Hindustani Classical musician and sister in law of Raviji. She had a heavenly voice which would melt any heart. She was a kind and beautiful soul. We will miss her. -The Shankar Family

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Letter Found from Britain’s Greatest Opera Composer

LETTER FOUND FROM BRITAIN’S GREATEST OPERA COMPOSER’S DRAWER SHOWS HIS LOVE FOR RAVI SHANKAR Curators sifting through thousands of objects belonging to Britain’s musical geniuses — composer Benjamin Britten and opera singer Peter Pears have stumbled upon an ink written page in their private diaries where the duo recalls their experience of having heard Pandit Ravi Shankar perform live. Britten and Pears had visited India in the early 1950s. Their diary, which was used to jot down their daily experiences in India calls Shankar “the real thing”. The letter will be part of a museum in the Red House in Suffolk – where Britten and Pears…

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The Indian Express: Shankar Illustrated, “Yours in Music”

A graphic novel based on Pandit Ravi Shankar’s autobiography transports readers into the life and times of the sitar maestro. One would imagine that an autobiography of legendary musical maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar would be a big, fat book tracing his journey from beginning to the end and all the milestones in between. But when his wife Sukanya Ranjan wanted to record the legend’s story, she decided to do it a little differently. “Sukanyaji called me saying she wanted an illustrated representation of Guruji’s life. It was meant to be a surprise for his birthday,” says Shobit Arya, owner of Wisdom Tree Publications, which recently published…

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