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Ravi Shankar: Milestones

Published by the Ravi Shankar Foundation and in celebration of what would have been his 94th birthday on April 7th, Milestones: A Primer to the Maestro’s Music is intended as a guide to exploring the stunning array embodied in Shankar’s musicianship, a resource to guide and orient when discovering his work, instilling in the reader that which the Maestro held most dear: curiosity, active seeking, and discipline – from which the freedom of creative expression flows. Includes a companion CD of excerpts. Purchase

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Utsav! Series Now Availalbe

UTSAV! is an East Meets West Music series celebrating the life, music and legacy of Ravi Shankar, featuring musicians and students inspired by the Maestro and who continue his mission of peace through music. The first two installments include Arghyam – The Offering by world renowned classical Hindustani vocalist in the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana tradition Ashwini Bhide Deshpande and Raga & Raj, a set of daring, experimental compositions by Barry Phillips – a long time student of Ravi Shankar – Linda Burman-Hall harpsichordist extraordinaire with Lux Musica Ensemble!

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Living Room Sessions wins Grammy for Best World Music Album

The Recording Academy awarded Ravi Shankar’ last recording, The Living Room Sessions Part I, the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. The album was recorded in his home in Encinitas, California with Tanmoy Bose. He had a lot of fun recording it and all of use at East Meets West Music are proud of the Maestro, his life and legacy! Available at EMWMusic shop.

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Tenth Decade in Concert

TENTH DECADE IN CONCERT: LIVE IN ESCONDIDO DVD! Cinematographer and director Alan Kozlowski presents an intimate look at a 91-year-old Ravi Shankar performing in southern California in October 2011. Kozlowski, known for his work on documentaries featuring the likes of Jeff Bridges and Jackson Browne as well as feature films such as Travellers and Magicians, offers a uniquely personal perspective on Ravi Shankar. The filmmaker has studied music with Ravi since 1978, and has produced a documentary honoring Ravi called Sangeet Ratna and co-produced with George Harrison a collection of Ravi’s work called In Celebration. The love of subject is clear in the film, but it’s…

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The Living Room Sessions Part 1

In October 2011, at the 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 in Shankar’s living room, they recorded seven different ragas. The resulting music is pure Shankar, combining his deep musical experience and brilliant technique with the passion he brings to live performance. The first of two releases, The Living Room Sessions Part 1, consists of four tracks that span a wide range of Indian classical styles – from the opening Raga Malgunji, a meditative raga reflecting on the distance between the human and the supreme; to…

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Nine Decades Volumes 2 and 3 Now Available!

The Nine Decades series continues with its next two volumes: Reminiscence of North Vista – a live recording from a private party at Ravi’s North Vista home in Los Angeles on August 29, 1969- and Orchestral Experimentations – a set of nine studio tracks featuring Ravi Shankar’s earliest compositional experimentations with his National Orchestra recorded between 1950 and 1954. Hand picked by the Maestro from his vast archive – these recordings offer two different sides of Ravi Shankar’s genius: spontaneity of live performance and the brilliance of studio composing. Each testifies once again to the East-West philosophy core to the Ambassador of World Music!

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Raga DVD

EMWMusic is excited to annouce the upcoming re-release of RAGA: A FILM JOURNEY INTO THE SOUL OF INDIA, a film documenting Ravi Shankar’s unique career in the late 1960s, early 1970s. EMWMusic is working with Modulus Studios in Boston on digitally re-mastering of the 35mm print, optimizing the film to modern color range resolution and standards as well as creating a fully re-mastered audio soundtrack. Originally released in 1971, Raga: A Journey into the Soul of India documents the life of sitar master Ravi Shankar in the late 1960s and early 1970s, following him on his return to India to revisit his guru, Bengali multi-instrumentalist and…

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The Ravi Shankar Foundation Launches Independent Recording Label

New York, NY–The Ravi Shankar Foundation proudly announces the launch of East Meets West Music (EMWMusic). With the creation of EMWMusic, Ravi Shankar bridges any divide between his recorded music and his audience. With unique access to an astonishing archive featuring thousands of hours of live performance audio, film footage, interviews, and studio masters, the legendary sitarist and composer hopes to provide a glimpse into what has most inspired and shaped him in his 70-plus years on stage. And, in keeping with Ravi’s dedication to looking forward and not back, EMWMusic provides a vibrant platform for new artists, projects, and collaborations. “There is something beautiful about…

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