Silk World Music Group – Pure Silk (India)
Live at The Barbican Centre, London, 14th July 2000
The idea of blending Jazz and Indian Classical Music goes back a long way but it was often at the initiative of Western musicians although there were some notable exceptions, such as T. K. Ramamoorthy or John Mayer (an Anglo-Indian violinist) to name a couple. And the source of inspiration was more often Hindustani (“North Indian”) than Carnatic (“South Indian”).
But here too there were notable exceptions such as the already mentioned T. K. Ramamoorthy or Charlie Mariano who studied Carnatic music. John Mc Laughlin has been playing with Carnatic instrumentists such as mandolin virtuoso U. Srinivas.
The two main traditions of classical music are Carnatic music, found predominantly in the peninsular regions, and Hindustani music, found in the northern and central regions. Both traditions claim Vedic origin, and history indicates that they diverged from a common musical root since about the 13th century.
I am not a musicologist so I won’t go into explaining the differences between North-Indian and South Indian (or Carnatic) Music, but if you are interested you’ll find ample information on the Web. Starting from here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_India).
It’s a Mauritian lady friend and colleague who brought this album to my attention several years ago. I can't tell you much on this band which is presented as India's premiere Jazz/Fusion Music Group.
The band is composed of Louis Banks on Piano & Keyboard, Shankar Mahadevan - Vocals, Sivamani - Percussion, Karl Peters - Bass Guitar. Guest Musicians: Satish Vyas - Santoor & Vijay Ghate – Tabla.
All these guys are among the best in their field, You may be familiar with the name of Shankar Mahadevan who provided vocals for Remember Shakti (feat. John McLaughlin). Louis Banks is an established jazz composer and pianist who also played with McLaughlin (on his Floating Point album). Karl Peters is India's Numba Wan Fonky Bass Playa!
1. The Encounter 20:57
2. Colour of Love 10:51
3. Shadows 13:30
4. Jugalbandi Duet 01:12
5. Jugalbandi Duet 14:10
6. Doors of Desire 13:44
This is superb music that will probably disconcert Jazz purists. Forget all the crap that’s sold as “World Music”. THIS is the real thing!
Merci Francine de m'avoir fait decouvrir ce superbe album! Love Eternal.
p.s.: just realised this CD is still available. I shall post the link for a limited period only.