Eluv-Live Interview with Anoushka Shankar

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Eluv speaks with Anoushka Shankar about music, life and her Grammy-nominated album “Rise”.

Anoushka Shankar is the only artist in the world to be trained completely by legendary sitar virtuoso and composer Ravi Shankar, her father. Anoushka emerges as a most dynamic and respected artist in her own right, performing with extraordinary talent and grace, bringing her rich heritage of eastern music to the west.

On Rise—which was composed, produced and arranged by Anoushka—she collaborated with a select crew of virtuoso Eastern and Western musicians wielding a variety of both acoustic and electronic instruments, often engaging in unexpected ways to create tantalizing new sounds. On Rise there are a couple of tracks on which she eschews the sitar all together in favor of allowing her voice to be heard by way of her compositions and arrangements instead. The result is a stunning and evocative work that will surely catapult Anoushka Shankar into the vanguard of the world music scene.

Anoushka, in collaboration with Karsh Kale, has just released her most recent album, Breathing Under Water, a mind bending mix of classical sitar and electronica beats and melodies. Notable guest vocals include her half-sister, Norah Jones and Sting, while her father also performs in a sitar duet along with his daughter. The album was released on August 28, 2007.

 

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