Let music soothe the pandemic blues with the Summer Sale Classics Bundle: Ravi Shankar’s Living Room Sessions Vol 1, Living Room Sessions Vol. 2, and the inaugural East Meets West Music Release, Nine Decades Vol. 1. Get the Classics Bundle for $21.99 + shipping & handling.
Living Room Sessions Vol 1: Grammy Winner for Best World Music Album in 2013! The Living Room Sessions Part 1, holds 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 the lighter, lyrical Raga Khamaj and Raga Kedara, and closing on Raga Satyajit, a spontaneous raga dedicated to the late director and friend of Shankar, Satyajit Ray, that is both melodic and rhythmic. As with his live performances, the emotion in the sitar maestro’s playing as he and Bose exchange improvisational phrasings is powerful. Both intimate and masterly, The Living Room Sessions Part 1 is an invitation into the home and musical genius of Ravi Shankar.
Living Room Sessions Vol 2: 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.
Nine Decades Vol. 1: Raga Gangeshwari, the centerpiece of Volume 1, takes listeners to an outdoor concert at a temple on the banks of the Ganges in 1968. Though recorded with one hand-held microphone, Raga Gangeshwari is representative of the archive’s many treasures which the artist describes as, “not recorded with sophisticated audio equipment and yet they exhibit the power of life in live performance that has a value beyond any technological shortcomings.” The intimate quality of the recording and virtuosic playing allows listeners to experience a page from the artist’s diary circa 1968. Performed with Kamala Chakravarty on tanpura and the great Ustad Allah Rakha on tabla.