Continuing the Magic: The Music of Anoushka Shankar

Sitar composer and musician, Anoushka Shankar in 2019

Incredible moments happen when cultures meet in music and composition. Few musicians can boast a better success rate of combining Eastern and Western musical styles than sitar legend Ravi Shankar (1920-2012), who was featured in my post yesterday. Ravi is renowned throughout his lifetime for his virtuosic playing of the sitar, and he regularly collaborated with Western artists including The Beatles, Yehudi Menuhin and Philip Glass. Continuing that tradition is his daughter, Anoushka Shankar (b. 1981). A brilliant expositor of the sitar in her own right, Anoushka has performed both classical and contemporary music with leading orchestras around the world. She is also a music producer, film composer and activist, and the recipient of seven Grammy Awards nominations.

Here are two performances by Anoushka that showcases her compositions, ‘The Voice of the Moon’ and ‘Shadow Chasing’ for your listening pleasure.

‘Voice of the Moon’

From Anoushka’s 2005 album, ‘Rise’ which stood at second position on the US World Albums, and at 29th position at the US Top Heatseekers Albums. Performed live in France, 2014.

‘Shadow Chasing’

Relive one of the most energetic and ecletic performances by Anoushka Shankar in her composition, ‘Shadow Chasing’, with Austrian percussionist Manu Delago and the 27-member string section of the Metropole Orkest, conducted by Jules Buckley.

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