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Live Talks: Oliver Craske on the Writing of Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar

To celebrate the paperback release of Indian Sun: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar, author Oliver Craske will be talking about the surprises, challenges, and delights of writing the official biography of Ravi Shankar, sitar maestro and ambassador of world music. Paperback available from Faber & Faber Thu 1 July: Nehru Centre: Online launch of Indian Sun paperback. In conversation with the writer and filmmaker Nasreen Munni Kabir. Sun 4 July: Bradford Literature Festival. With live sitar demonstrations by Jasdeep Singh Degun. 3.30pm. Thu 15 July: Ways With Words literature festival, Dartington, Devon. In conversation with William Gallois. 1.15pm. Fri 13 August, The Red House,…

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Blackwing Pencil Ravi Shankar Volume

Blackwing Pencil Vol. 3 – Ravi Shankar

What an honor to have Blackwing Pencils celebrate the meeting of the Maestro and pop icon George Harrison with the newest edition to their limited edition 602 pencil sets.  The pencils feature Blackwing’s unparalleled extra-firm graphite and a matte turmeric finish accented with a pattern inspired by one of Ravi’s iconic sitars. The pattern prominently features the ॐ (Om), a sacred Sanskrit symbol with three phonetic components that correlate to the waking, dream, and unconscious states of being. A portion of every purchase goes toward the Ravi Shankar Foundation, whose ongoing mission includes the preservation of recordings by the Maestro, the continued expansion of dialog between East…

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Chants of India Vinyl Re-Release

Chants of India Vinyl Re-Issue

To celebrate Ravi Shankar’s Centennial, Dark Horse Records will release the George Harrison produced 1997 album ‘Chants of India’ on vinyl for the first time for Record Store Day 2020. The album will be available on 2 x 12” LP 180-Gram Red Vinyl and include an exclusive 12”x12” photo print. Head to your local record store on April 18th to buy your copy! recordstoreday.com

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‘Musical Icon: Ravi Shankar’ at Musical Instrument Museum

Musical Icon: Ravi Shankar, a two-day celebration of the life and music of The Maestro, will take place on October 20 and 21, 2018 at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix. Events include hands-on activities, lectures, film screenings, and performances. The MIM Artist Gallery currently displays two of Ravi Shankar’s sitars, as well as a traditional Indian dress worn by Ravi’s daughter, Anoushka Shankar. For more information on the event, visit the MIM website. Musical Icon: Ravi Shankar is presented in partnership with the Ravi Shankar Foundation.

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Ravi Shankar Quartet 2018 Tour

Ravi Shankar Quartet Tour

Take a journey into the realm of Ravi Shankar’s music with his senior disciples Gaurav Mazumdar (sitar), Barry Phillips (cello), Ashwini Shankar (shehnai), and Arup Chattopadhyay (tabla). Grammy nominated Mazumdar has collaborated with composers including Philip Glass and performed at the Vatican. Grammy winner Phillips has toured worldwide with The Anoushka Shankar Project, performing at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall-London, and Sydney Opera House. Born into a family of renowned shehnai musicians, Shankar began playing at a young age and has entertained audiences across the globe. Currently a teacher and visiting lecturer, Chattopadhyay has played at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and…

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Bickram Ghosh wins Global Music Award for MAYA!

Congratulations to Bickram Ghosh for being a 2017 Global Music Award Silver Medal winner in Outstanding Achievement for composition and listener impact with regard to his EMWMusic release MAYA. Established in 2011, the Global Music Awards is a well-known international music competition which celebrates independent musicians. Global Music Awards is widely recognized by industry insiders as a source for highly talented artists. ‘Global Music Awards is recognized as music’s golden seal of approval.’

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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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