Riseby Anoushka Shankar
The daughter of sitar maestro Ravi Shankar took the long way to this au courant world-fusion album. Studying and performing alongside her father, Anoushka pursued the rigorous training in Indian classical music that separates the true practitioners from most global travelers: Two albums of straight ragas proved her bona fides. Rise, though, is the kind of recording that fans of the young sitarist have been hoping she'd make, because it's the kind of youthful crossover disc that makes all those thousands of years of tradition very, very sexy. From the cinematic opening, with its low, rumbling synthesizer (instead, it should be noted, of a low, rumbling traditional tambora), it ushers in a world ripe with exotica. But there's substance to the perfumed textures. Shankar wrote, arranged, produced, and recorded nearly everything here, and it's a musician's record, not a marketing executive's. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, the Indian guitar virtuoso, is one of the masters on hand, confirming Shankar's offbeat sensibilities when it comes to the music of her homeland. Exploring the vocal rhythm technique of teental on the one hand and nouveau flamenco on the other, Shankar follows a wide-ranging muse. Her playing is consistently fluid and flawless, but one gets the clear message that her instrument is only part of the picture here. The album is the sound of a thoughtful musician with a serious legacy making a personal declaration -- indeed, the daughter also rises.
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- Angel Records
Performance CreditsAnoushka Shankar Primary Artist,Keyboards,Sitar,Palmas
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Veena,Mohan Vina
Pedro Eustache Percussion,Didjeridu,Bansuri,Duduk
Tarun Bhattacharya Santoor
Bikram Ghosh Percussion,Tabla,Vocals,Pakhawaj Drum
Ajay Prasanna Bansuri,Shehnai
Rajendra Prasanna Shehnai
Tanmoy Bose Tabla,Vocals,Djembe
Sukanya Shankar Tanpura
Sanjeev Chimmalgi Vocals
Rajesh Mishra Vocals
Pedro Ricardo Mino Piano,Piano Strings,Palmas
Barry Phillips Cello
Ritesh Mishra Vocals
Pulak Sarcar Keyboards
Jesse Charnow Drums
Technical CreditsRavi Shankar Composer
Bikram Ghosh Sound Effects,Live Sound
Eli Wolf Arranger,Engineer,Administration
Anoushka Shankar Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Audio Production,Live Sound
Tara Leigh Chiari Director
Chris Cofoni Arranger,Engineer,Administration
Tapan Raj Programming
Gaurav Raina Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Gautam Kaul Engineer
Pedro Ricardo Mino Live Sound
Barry Phillips Engineer
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this album is more honesst than anoushka's previous attempts at being a sitarist. she never quite got to improvisation with her previous albums and their rote repition of fixed pieces from her dad's repertory. rise's appeal is completely popular and more in anoushka's vain. the cheesy photos and the minimal sitar in the album work honestly with her musical abilities. all this with the powerful PR machinery that only ravi shankar's daughtrer could elicit!
Rise is a fantastic album portraying Anoushka's voice as one of the foremost musicians of world music today. Personal favorite is Solea.
This album blew my mind! It was awesome. The different songs are ones that the entire family can listen to. My kids like it to because it's young and fresh. Anoushka has taken her music to the next level while still maintaining that classy Shankar tradition. Her talent and innovative style are growing at an exponential rate. Just you wait...becuase I bet her next album will be even better!
I loved it! If you want my opinion, and clearly you do because you're reading this, this is Anoushka's best work. Anoushka's combination of electronics and sitar are so tastefully scrumptious to the ears that it is like a bite out of a Thanksgiving feast-so satisfying yet it leaves you thirsty for more. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
Anyone who has a passion for music will love Anoushka's new RISE CD. The combination of Western, Eastern instruments and vocals is fantastic! This new and creative style is brilliant, and Anoushka Shankar has done a fabulous job!
I absolutely loved this collection. I think it has a more modern slant on a very old type of music. This might not appeal to everyone but for those with an eclectic taste in music, it's outstanding.