Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Yale Lecture introduction

Intro to music lecture at Yale University this past October, talking a bit about my background and concepts of Indian Raga Music. This next post is musical!

Alaap in Shudh Sarang - Yale Music Lecture

This is part of a lecture performance given in Professor Sarah Weiss world music class this fall at Yale. Music is interspersed with commentary on the development of raga in the 3 movements of alaap, jor, jhala.

Monday, October 26, 2009

A Way of Truth

The loss of self consciousness enables us to come to full consciousness. The simple tool is we must stop thinking about ourselves. when we say the mantra with an undivded heart then we are on our way. - John Main

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Lahn Al Mughtarebin (Immigrant Song)

Wael Kakish & friends this Friday 9/25 night at Throop Church, 300 S Los Robles in Pasadena (corner of Del Mar) in Sangeet Series Concert.

This improvisation on oud (Arabic fretless lute) & derbekki (Arabic goblet drum) is featured on the Salaam Suite cd, this track features Wael & Faisal Zedan on percussion.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Not U Not I (for SHPLANG Ensemble)

Here's a raga rock tune we going to jam shplangers! Check it out...

My Child (for SHPLANG Ensemble)

Listen and practice along... this tune 'My Child' is from my 'Salaam Suite' cd. It is played in a Irish folk feel but based on a simple South Indian raga scale, called Shugamugapriya (sat that 10 times!).

Sa Ga Ma Pa Dha Sa
1 3 4 5 6 1

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Indian music Paul's story: LA Times online

This music video by Irfan Khan just went up on LA, it gives a short journey about my path in Indian and creative world music. This 2 minute piece touches on cross cultural work, teaching, and music as a transcendent force.

new music ~ raga meditations & live concert downloads

Check out these new tracks available. Click on titles for previews. The alaap tracks are solo raga meditations on sitar. Dev Ghandar is a rare raga I learned from my guruji, sarod maestro Pt. Rajeev Taranath & Nat Bhairav is a popular morning raga in a devotional mood. The Vatchaspati (a raga of South Indian origin) tracks are from my live cd, and feature tabla accompaniment by Abhijit Banerjee.

Peloraga is 3 moevment ragajazz piece inspired by the counterpoint of gamelan and western chamber music, this track from the forthcoming Arohi record and features myself on sitar, Pedro Eustache on bansuri & flute, Peter Jacobson on cello, Abhijit Banerjee on tabla and Dave Lewis on drums. Enjoy!