Sunday 12 April 2009

Shivkumar Sharma & Zakir Hussain - Rag Madhuvanti, Rag Misra Tilang (1988)

"Shivkumar Sharma is accompanied on this album by Zakir Hussain. Nimbus's importance as the first CD pressing plant in Britain meant that its recording wing had developed a keen and early appreciation of the technology and potential of CD production.
A beautiful, sensitively played pairing." ~ Ken Hunt, All Music Guide

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"Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Zakir Hussain are two titans of the Indian classical tradition. They have collaborated together since the 1980s, and are now acknowledged as the living masters of Indian music on the world stage.
A Grammy winner, National Heritage Fellowship recipient, Hussain is one of India’s most renowned cultural ambassadors and among the leading musicians of his generation. He is a master of the tabla, a classical percussion instrument made of hardwood, natural hide, and silver. At Duke, Hussain will appear with Sharma, who has enraptured audiences for over 50 years with his mastery of the santur, a hammered dulcimer famous for its lush, shimmering sound and known in India as the Shata Tantri Veena or “hundred-stringed lute.” Hussain and Sharma are simply the most accomplished instrumentalists of their kind in the world, musicians whose dazzling art remains deeply engaged in a national culture even while reaching beyond it.



Their performance, showcasing the intricate compositions from the North Indian classical tradition, is a fit end to a Duke Artists Series aimed at honoring the depth and reach of classical music today." in duke performances

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Shivkumar Sharma : santur
Zakir Hussain : tabla
Varatha Luxmie : tambura

Recorded at Wyastone Leys, 11 June 1987

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1. Rag Madhuvanti (35'31'')
2. Rag Misra Tilang (35'37'')

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5 comments:

Yotte said...

What a pair! These guys recently played a concert in my town. 2 1/2 hours, only two songs, and never a dull moment. Though the music unfolds gradually and at length, it was played with such an intensity and finesse that I was at the edge of my seat the entire performance. Super-Great. Maybe even Super-Duper-Great. Thanks for sharing this!

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Monk e said...

May be the best recording I have heard of Indian music. Superb ensemble work beautifully recorded. A real treat to listen to. Bravo Bravo Juju.

Anonymous said...

fantastic

hiller said...

thank you! this is beautiful music!