Indian Music Festival, part 1
Ali Akbar Khan, sarod
Raga Brindabani Sarang
Zakir Hussain on Ali Akbar Khan (following his death last year)
Yehudi Menuhin on Ali Akbar Khan
An absolute genius . . . the greatest musician in the world.
Philip Glass on Indian Music
The thing I learned from Ravi [Shankar] is that the rhythmic structure could become an overall musical structure. In our Western tradition that’s simply not the case. . . . There [India], rhythm is used in the way that timbre and pitch and other aspects are used. In the West we have an alliance between harmony and melody. That’s the basic alliance: rhythm comes along to liven things up. . . . There [India], the tension is between the melody and the rhythm, not between the melody and the harmony. . . . The moment that the tala, or the rhythmic structure, comes up and meets against the melodic structure at the sum—when the beats come together—that’s the resolution in Indian music. The complications that the cyclic rhythmic structure can create, and the effects to the melodic development, open up a whole different way of thinking about music. And that’s basically what I heard. I knew nothing like that in my own personal experience, or in any Western music that I knew.—Philip Glass (in William Duckworth, Talking Music )
Ali Akbar Khan on Music
For us, as a family, music is like food. When you need it you don’t have to explain why, because it is basic to life.