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PART 2 OF THE LIVING ROOM SESSIONS, GRAMMY WINNER 2013 FOR BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM! ALSO NOMINATED FOR BEST WORLD ALBUM, 2014!
In October 2011, at the seasoned age of 91, Ravi Shankar invited his long-time tabla accompanist, Tanmoy Bose, to his home in Encinitas, California for an informal recording session. Over four days, they worked in Shankar’s living room, recording seven different ragas. The resulting music is pure Shankar—a pairing of deep musical experience and brilliant technique performed with the energy and passion he brought to his live concerts. The first four of these sessions, released in 2011, won the Grammy award for Best World Music Album. The Living Room Sessions Part 2 is no less noteworthy and masterly, with three of the last session recordings made by Maestro Ravi Shankar before his death in December 2012. Session Mishra Kafi introduces the set with a beautiful Alaap and Gat in medium tempo Deepchandi Taal. Session Sindhi Bhairavi, with its Gat in Dadra and Teen Taal, highlights the in-depth facility with rhythm and improvisational flow which he and Bose have built over their years performing together. And during the Teen Taal of Session Bhairavi, Shankar’s playing is characterized by such intensity, clarity, and delight that it reveals, once more, the Maestro’s musical genius as something to reckon with, even in his tenth decade.
Living Room Session 5: Raga Mishra Kafi
Living Room Session 6: Sindhi Bhairavi
Living Room Session 7: Raga Bhairavi
Ravi Shankar – Sitar
Tanmoy Bose – Tabla
Kenji Ota – Treble Tanpura
Barry Phillips – Bass Tanpura
Executive Producers: Shyama Priya & Cat Celebrezze; Recording & Mastering Engineer: Barry Phillips; Design and Art Direction: Wickstrom Design; Cover Photo: Michael Collopy; Inside Photo: Kenji Ota
Recorded live in Encinitas, CA, October 18 – 21, 2011