23 June 2010

This is an ear-based program. The Indian shehnai and the Tibetan gyaling (oboe) are the featured instruments .

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Raga Yaman
L. Subramaniam - violin, Bismillah Khan - shehnai & their ensembles
Live in Geneva: Commemorative Album for India Festival in Geneva
Audiorec Classics, ACCD 1020
(A North-South duet.)

2. Ragamalika (Medley of Ragas)
Ananda - voice, Jana Starling - clarinet, K. S. Mani - violin, Anand Bala - mrdangam [double-sided drum]
Ananda: Treasures
Tantra, TSMV9701
(Our raga guide, beginning with South Indian Shankarabharanam, which happens to share its interval structure with the Western major scale. Note how the mood changes as D- and B-flats are added....)

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

3. Raga Puriya

4. Thumri in Raga Khamaj

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

5. Dhun in Raga Shivaranjani

6. Banarasi Dhun

Tracks 3-6
Bismillah Khan - shehnai, Nayyar Hussain - shehnai, Mumtaz Hussain - shehnai, Nazim Hussain - tabla, Basharat Hussain - khurdak [small kettledrums], Mehtab Hussain - sur shehnai [shehnai drone], Nanne Hussain - sur shehnai [shehnai drone], Bande Ali - tanpura peti [drone]
Ustad Bismillah Khan: Live at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, November 22, 1993
Navras Records, NRCD 0033

7. Sacred Instrumental Music
Monks of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery
OgreOgress productions, 643157 175827
(The whole album, played as a suite. Piercing oboes, gutteral horns, crashing cymbals and tiny bells set against a vast canvas of silence. Click the link above for a complete track listing and to purchase the CD. Proceeds support Tibetan monks in exile. "Gyaling (Tibetan oboes) are often played when receiving respected teachers and for inviting and making offerings to enlightened beings.")

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