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Anoushka Shankar – Live in San Diego

On April 3rd, 2017 Anoushka Shankar will perform her HOME album live in San Diego, California as part of the Indian Fine Arts Academy’s yearly celebration of Ravi Shankar’s birthday. The concert will take place at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theater at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center. Help honor the memory of the Sitar Maestro and celebrate the legacy of his music that lives on in Anoushka’s talent. Tickets available here.

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Southbank Centre Sitarathon May 20th

On May 20th, 2017 to mark the London premiere of Ravi Shankar’s opera “Sukanya” on the 19th, the Southbank Centre will feature a full afternoon celebrating the legendary artist Ravi Shankar and the mesmerizing instrument, the sitar. The Sitarathon begins with a personal perspective – a special keynote talk as Ravi Shankar’s widow, Sukanya Shankar, appears in conversation with Oliver Craske, Ravi Shankar’s official biographer, reflecting on the musician’s legacy, life and work. Celebrations continue from 3:30pm with a mass public sitar workshop and performance, bringing together all ages and abilities for a collaborative session, showcasing what the sitar is capable of. Bring your own sitar…

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Sukanya: The Opera! May 12th Premiere

Ravi Shankar’s long-awaited last musical theater work, “Sukanya: The Opera,” is set to premiere in Leicester, UK on May 12th, 2017.  Myth, music and dance meet in this extravagant show, depicting a love story taken from the Sanskrit texts of the Mahabharata. After a terrible mistake leaves the ancient sage Chyavana blinded, the beautiful princess Sukanya finds herself marrying for the sake of her kingdom. A full description of the hard work put into making this production a reality can be found here. Performances will also be held at the Lowry (Salford), Symphony Hall (Birmingham), and Royal Festival Hall (Southbank Centre). Tickets available here.

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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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A Special Message from Sukanya Shankar

As we recognize December 11th as the date Ravi Shankar passed away in 2012, and face what seems like an uncertain future for all efforts with humanitarian ethics at their core, we at East Meets West Music pledge to continue to spread the message of peace and virtuosic work of the Maestro. Writing from India, Sukanya Shankar shares her thoughts here: It is four years since my beloved Raviji left his physical abode. I am getting used to his invisible presence in my life. I feel him and hear him constantly, there, in all my activities in one way or another. A few days ago I had gone to a dinner gathering where…

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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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Ravi Shankar In Hollywood, 1971 – CD Release!

Earlier this year, the Ravi Shankar Foundation teamed up with Northern Spy Records to offer a special vinyl limited edition of the previously unreleased recording of the Maestro, Ravi Shankar In Hollywood,  1971. Now East Meets West Music and Northern Spy Records are happy to announce a wider release of In Hollywood on CD and digital formats on September 30, 2016.  Lovingly remastered, this recording holds beautiful performances of Raga Parameshwari, Dhun, and Raga Sindhi Bhairavi as well as representing the moment of origin for the Concert for Bangladesh, since it was at this morning concert that Ravi Shankar and George Harrison discussed the potential of a benefit concert for those in Bangladesh. The…

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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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Get Your Vinyl! Ravi Shankar: In Hollywood, 1971

Ravi Shankar, In Hollywood, 1971 will be available at the following stores on Saturday, April 16, 2016 for for Record Store Day. More than an esoteric amusement, vinyl is the original format in which the West discovered the East through the playing of the Maestro. Profits will benefit The Ravi Shankar Foundation, which serves to educate the world about Indian classical music and to preserve the archive of Ravi Shankar, and Record Story Day is a great way to support local businesses. Plus, flipping through the bins you’ll discover some great music! Read more about the release here. Tuscaloosa, AL • Oz Music Phoenix, AZ • Stinkweeds-Phoenix • Zia Enterprises,…

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