Don't click or your IP will be banned


Hittin' The Web with the Allman Brothers Band Forum
You are not logged in

< Last Thread   Next Thread >Ascending sortDescending sorting  
Author: Subject: Ravi Shankar: The Concert For World Peace

Universal Peach





Posts: 6608
(6608 all sites)
Registered: 11/7/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 3/26/2008 at 08:12 PM
I've been meaning to post about this excellent DVD ever since I got it for Christmas. I want to post it here in Derek's Forum, because he incorporates Indian music into his playing, and I think people who enjoy that side of Derek would really, really dig this.

In a nutshell, this is a straight-up concert video of Ravi playing at the Royal Albert Hall in 1993. Judging from the DVD case, it was originally broadcast on A&E. Ravi's fairly old, but seems considerably younger and less frail than he does now, and his chops are still absolutely stellar. If you've ever been curious about Ravi and would like a good representation of what he's all about, this is as good a place to start as any.

Anybody who appreciates stringed instruments, any kind of picking at all, has to stand in awe of Ravi. The sitar is such a huge and unwieldy instrument, and it seems like the "action" would be very stiff and challenging, but his playing is so fluid and lyrical that you forget the degree of difficulty involved. It comes straight from the soul, and when he gets on a roll, it's absolutely amazing.

The program is 90 minutes long, and consists of TWO "songs" or ragas. The first raga is the snappy pop single of the two, clocking in at a radio-friendly 30 minutes The second raga is a full hour and constitutes an entire musical universe, including a dazzling tabla solo from Zakir Hussain that is the most impressive hand drumming I've ever seen.

The best part of the DVD is the interaction between Ravi and sarod player Partho Sarathy, who was apparently a student of Ravi's at the time. Instead of just playing solos, a lot of the improv here is call and response, which is the basic teaching technique in that tradition. The teacher will play a lick, and the student will play it back. Occasionally the teacher stumps the student, especially if the teacher is Ravi Shankar, but for the most part Sarathy holds his own.

I've really enjoyed this DVD, and if you like Indian music at all, I think you will too.


 
E-Mail User
Replies:

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 24390
(24565 all sites)
Registered: 3/31/2006
Status: Offline

  posted on 3/27/2008 at 06:54 AM
Hmmm. Hadn't heard about it. Will have to check it out.

I remember seeing him on the Concert for George and Clapton
being so out of place playing with him

Thanks

 

____________________


 

Peach Extraordinaire



Karma:
Posts: 4622
(4622 all sites)
Registered: 8/15/2007
Status: Offline

  posted on 3/27/2008 at 02:02 PM
that is a kick ass dvd, but everything ravi does is amazing !!

 

____________________
To put someone in isolation, is an act of hostility





 

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 18593
(18594 all sites)
Registered: 11/20/2006
Status: Offline

  posted on 3/27/2008 at 07:12 PM
Ravi is amazing - saw him when he toured with George Harrison and was blown away by both he and his band. Thanks for the DVD tip, Rob - love Indian music (something I really appreciate about the DTB catalog)!

 

____________________
"Come on down to the Mermaid Cafe and I will buy you a bottle of wine, and we'll laugh and toast to nothing and smash our empty glasses down..."

 

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 24984
(25100 all sites)
Registered: 8/20/2004
Status: Offline

  posted on 3/28/2008 at 08:30 AM
Thanks for the info


Purchase DVD



Purchase Cd

 

____________________
Co-Owner of Charlie Tabers Football

 

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 24984
(25100 all sites)
Registered: 8/20/2004
Status: Offline

  posted on 3/28/2008 at 12:23 PM
Good interview



 

____________________
Co-Owner of Charlie Tabers Football

 

Ultimate Peach



Karma:
Posts: 3507
(3527 all sites)
Registered: 5/7/2007
Status: Offline

  posted on 3/30/2008 at 06:53 PM
Great stuff!!!!

 

____________________
That's right never criticize some one till you walk a mile in their shoes, that way when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you've got their shoes!

 
 


Powered by XForum 1.81.1 by Trollix Software


Privacy | Terms of Service
The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND name, The ALLMAN BROTHERS name, likenesses, logos, mushroom design and peach truck are all registered trademarks of THE ABB MERCHANDISING CO., INC. whose rights are specifically reserved. Any artwork, visual, or audio representations used on this web site CONTAINING ANY REGISTERED TRADEMARKS are under license from The ABB MERCHANDISING CO., INC. A REVOCABLE, GRATIS LICENSE IS GRANTED TO ALL REGISTERED PEACH CORP MEMBERS FOR The DOWNLOADING OF ONE COPY FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. ANY DISTRIBUTION OR REPRODUCTION OF THE TRADEMARKS CONTAINED HEREIN ARE PROHIBITED AND ARE SPECIFICALLY RESERVED BY THE ABB MERCHANDISING CO.,INC.
site by Hittin' the Web Group with www.experiencewasabi3d.com