INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Concert

 

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Billy
Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Concert Oct 19, 2003 02:45 a.m.


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Matt
Re:New Sitar Forum Dec 05, 2003 01:55 p.m.


Call me crazy, but I think Billy's done built himself a new forum! Very nice layout.
AJ
Re:Great site!!! Dec 05, 2003 03:51 p.m.


Yes, Dovesong Foundation site has been a great help to me! Hope they get their mp3's up and going again soon!

Totally AWESOME N. Banerjee site!
Thanks so much!

AJ : )

Remco
Re:New Sitar Forum Dec 05, 2003 06:01 p.m.


That's exactly what I was thinking....

Peace,

Remco

jan
Re:New Sitar Forum Dec 06, 2003 08:28 a.m.


I went over and checked it out, yes a really nice layout.
And it offers loads of features if you compare these two forums.

By the way, it looks like its Billys birthday today...
You�ll have to sign in if you want to conglatulate him : )

Jan

Dan
Re:Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Concert Oct 19, 2003 03:26 a.m.


Hi, sitar friends,

Thanks Billy for starting this new thread and for the review . Too bad I've missed them in Montreal . Maybe I'll get lucky and travel where they tour, who knows?

Dan
pb
Re:Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Concert Oct 19, 2003 11:50 p.m.


Hey Billy,
I noticed that Anoushka is pretty much controling the show on stage. You can see her motioning to fix sound, slow tempo or raise it, and even when RS is tuning I noticed her nodding no/yes. I can't say that I was impressed with her album (very precise almost mechanical), but when I saw her playing the few pieces that she did, I was impressed.
I think she knows her stuff and I look forward to her next album, or even seeing her play at length next time.

Pb

Amitava
Re:Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Concert Oct 20, 2003 08:30 a.m.


[quote]Billy (Oct 19, 2003 02:45 a.m.):
The old Ravi Shankar concert thread was getting a little off topic, so I'm starting this new one.

I just returned from the Ravi/Anoushka concert in Dallas, and wanted to give a little review while its fresh in my mind. Tonight I actually forgot my pen, so I didn't take notes.


Billy,

I was in Garland yesterday to attend the Odissi performance...whick included a bunch of live musicians..including a sitarity with an unknown brand of sitar.

In any case, I met two people who attended. I understand that people sat on the stage as well...for $45. This is an old custom...the space is usually reserved for students/aquaintancs, and hard code music lovers. Was there an audience on stage?

Also, your assessment was reflected by two people I met. Mike too hot and bad playing first half. Second half was better. Looks like three people agreed on the output. Not bad.

A

Billy
Re:Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Concert Oct 20, 2003 10:44 a.m.


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Billy
Re:Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Concert Oct 21, 2003 10:56 a.m.


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Amitava
Re:Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Concert Oct 21, 2003 11:54 a.m.


Billy,

Thanks for the reviews. It is a good lesson/example on how to use words without saying much.

A

Billy
Re:Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Concert Oct 21, 2003 02:13 p.m.


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pb
Re:Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Concert Oct 21, 2003 05:11 p.m.


Hey Billy,
MATT WEITZ 's review was well written, not as 'airy' as the previous one. I think he at least has some understanding of raaga, but no details == no points to be made as usual. "sitar built on the foundation of the tanpura", sweet line, but more of a lucus a non lucendo.

Pb

Estiven
Re:Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Concert Nov 15, 2003 09:41 a.m.


Im going to see them today in Carnegie Hall!!!

woohoo!!

Billy
Re:Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Concert Nov 15, 2003 07:37 p.m.


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Keshav Das
Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Concert Nov 16, 2003 11:47 a.m.


Saw Ravi and Anoushka last night at Carnegie Hall. Same problems with the sound; must be the on-board mikes. Some of rags sounded like they were playing on kazoos. As in Texas the tablas souned great! It was announced before the show that Anoushka had an injury and would not play, then, two minutes later she and and here dad came out and played. They did both sets together and he did the most of the playing. There were no seats on stage. I remember seeing him at Avery Fisher Hall in 1967 at the age of 14 and was flabbergasted to find my tickets had me seated on stage right behind Pandit-ji less than 5 feet away. I've never seen that done again (in the USA). In any case, sorry to say, without going into the bloody details, Pandit-ji's playing was sadly diminished. He made many flubs during the concert. It was nontheless very sweet to have his darshan one more time. His pleasure at Anoushka's accomplishment was infectious. (Sorry to be so sentimental) Seats on the parquet, center stage were $150.00 but it was worth it to see the look on his face when Anoushka played. Arup Chattopadhyay played for the first selection and then Bose came out and took his place at the same set of tabla. After the intermission, both tabla players came out, sat at stage right and stage left, taking turns playing, switching back and forth about 20 times in the course of each selection. Bose is a trip. He's such a joyus player and Chattopadhyay was brilliant but very technical. Just seeing them together was worth the price of the ticket.
Billy
Re:Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Concert Nov 16, 2003 05:25 p.m.


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Keshav Das
Re:Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Concert Nov 16, 2003 06:23 p.m.


I haven't run across this before. It was new to me. Mayhaps it was Pandit-ji's answer to not wanting to seem to play favorites with old friends on what might be genuinely his last tour. Also - a note: I was inspired by his generosity at the end when he acknowledged even the tanpura players. I've never seen anyone do that in over 30 years of concert going. Very sweet.
Estiven
Re:Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Concert Nov 17, 2003 05:19 p.m.


Wow!, that concert was amazing!

This was the first sitar concert I've ever seen.......ever. So I was very surprised at how emotional and suspenceful watching them play can be! I made reservations early, so I got the good seats (well, as good as they get up there!)in the balcony, thank god i brought binoculars! It was truely supreame jubilecence to see the expressions on Anoushka's and Ravi's faces.
I also noticed Ravi slip maybe thrice, but it was very minimal. Anoushka, I noticed, seemed to be calling the shots, for example, when both tabla players were on stage, the westerner (forgive my lack of names) kept signaling to her to let him play. I saw that while they were tuning the sitars in the begining, Anoushka did sign language to signal to her father how to correct the sound.
Keshav, did you notice the black electronic devices they both had? they looked like little radios, what were they? some sort of tuner?

All in all, I was blown away!!! I feel very lucky to have been able to see them, especially Ravi.

Billy
Re:Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Concert Nov 17, 2003 08:21 p.m.


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Keshav Das
Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Concert Nov 18, 2003 09:57 a.m.


Yes it was a tuner - one of the ones that emits the Sa from a little speaker. They only needed one tuner since they both tuned at the same time to the same Sa. Folks in the first 10 rows could hear the tuner which wasn't perhaps not being picked up by the mikes.
BTW - I was confused by your reference to a Westerner "signaling". Both tabla players were Bengali. The two Westerners were only playing tanpura. Not be contrary but the tabla player was signaling the soundman to adjust volume on his tablas. Neither Arup or Tanmoy would presume to tell anyone when to play.
Peace,
K
estiven
Re:Ravi & Anoushka Shankar Concert Nov 18, 2003 02:01 p.m.


hahaha, I guess my seat was a bit too high up, I thought Arup was anglo saxton.

Thanks for the clarifications!

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