world music, jazz, popular music

Anoushka Shankar - Shiraz

no interval
Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

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Anoushka Shankar is a contemporary master of Hindustani classical music and the sitar who also enjoys adventuring into the realms of Indian pop music. Ravi Shankar's daughter and Norah Jones's half-sister, Anoushka has proved to be a worthy heir to her father. Her songs with Jones and various pop stars - including Sting and M.I.A. - are remarkably sensitive and of exceptional quality. The sitar player will return for her second appearance at Müpa Budapest for a unique cinema concert experience. Shankar has composed a new score for an epic Indian silent film, the 1928 Shiraz, which retells the romantic history of the Taj Mahal.

London-born Anoushka Shankar was taught from the age of seven by her father, the Indian music great Ravi Shankar. Anoushka became a talented musician in her own right, stepping out of her parent's shadow with two extraordinary albums of Hindustani classical music. An outstanding musician in her own right, Shankar has displayed her ability through both classic Indian music and Indian-infused electronica and art pop compositions, while she has frequently collaborated with both her father and her half-sister. In 2017, the British Film Institute asked her to write the score for a restoration of the 1928 silent film Shiraz. The two-hour romantic epic narrates the background story of the Taj Mahal in a fictitious setting. It was a grand creation, with thousands of extras, and Shankar composed a similarly large-scale, multifaceted musical score. The score combines authentic sounds of the 17th century and the musical language of the era when the film was shot - 90 years ago - with the idiosyncratic and contemporary sound of Anoushka Shankar and her band. It is an ambitious undertaking. Watching the film is a truly immersive experience, especially when accompanied live by Anoushka Shankar and her seven-person band.

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  • sitar
    Anoushka Shankar
  • cello, piano
    Danny Keane
  • clarinet
    Arun Ghosh
  • violin
    Preetha Narayanan
  • flute
    Graeme Blevins
  • mridangam, ghaṭam, jaw harp, kanjira
    Pirashanna Thevarajah
  • tabla, tabla bass
    Sanju Sahai
  • pump organ, moog synthesizer, modular synthesizers
    Christopher Kemsley
  • Film score
    Anoushka Shankar
  • Orchestral arrangement
    Julian Hepple, Danny Keane
  • Sound design
    Dennis Fernandez, Julian Hepple
  • Musical supervisor
    Julian Hepple
  • Video technology
    John Brown



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