domingo, 8 de julio de 2012

Lakshminarayanan Shankar – SONG FOR EVERYONE [India] - 1985

Subido por Guayacas.

Shankar and Jan Garbarek’s previous collaboration, Vision, opened many people’s ears to the more fruitful possibilities of idiomatic blends. And while that initial project yielded a fascinating album in its own right, I always felt it lacked something I couldn’t quite articulate. With Song For Everyone, that lack becomes clear once Trilok Gurtu and Zakir Hussain level the playing field with their earthy rhythms.  In their presence, electric violin and saxophone can soar even higher, knowing there will always be a ground to return to.  As if to underscore this point, Shankar also employs a drum machine, as in the delightful “Paper Nut” that inaugurates us into the album’s universe.  Shankar’s Philip Glassean harmonies and flexible dips form a sling that shoots us in slow motion toward the Visionary galaxy of “I Know,” where his sparkling pizzicato lines are reinvigorated by the presence of tabla.  Garbarek has hardly ever sounded as clean as he does here. He digs deep into his emotional and technical reserves and proves his chameleonic abilities, such that whenever he returns with the theme in tow, it is always as if from a long journey. This enchanting track also exemplifies the coalescence of which these two musicians are so worthily capable. “Watching You” reinstates the drum machine, which is immediately valorized by Shankar’s likeminded precision (even when multi-tracking, he sounds like one instrument). Ascendant chording provides ample uplift for Garbarek’s rainbow arcs.  The violin solo here proves that Shankar’s mastery comes not from the top down, but from the inside out. He makes the most demanding passages seem effortless and the simplest seem complex, as in “Conversation.” Here his virtuosity enhances Garbarek at his adaptive best. After the anthemic jubilation of the title track, “Let’s Go Home” comes across as introverted, though no less energetic.  “Rest In Peace” ends the album with bowed heads. It is a slow dissipation of cloud, a gentle breeze of the heart, the empty chambers of a body in which music is the only tangible spirit.  Fuente

Lakshminarayanan Shankar

Shankar was born in Madras, Tamil Nadu.  Growing up in Jaffna, Ceylon, where his father V. Lakshminarayan was a professor at the Jaffna College of Music, Shankar was exposed to Carnatic music and other styles from an early age. His father was an esteemed violinist, his mother L. Seethalakshmi played the veena and all his five older siblings were also proficient in music. The most well known of his brothers is another acclaimed and renowned violinist - L. Subramaniam, who has recorded a number of records himself; another brother, L. Vaidyanathan was a music composer for Indian films. Shankar cites his family and Tyāgarāja as early inspirations.

Shankar began singing at the age of two, playing violin at the age of five, and learning to play drums at seven.  At the age of seven L. Shankar gave his first public concert, at the Nallur Kandaswamy temple. He gained considerable reputation in his early youth as an accompanist to some of the most eminent names in Carnatic music such as Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Chembai Vaithyanatha Baghavatar, Palghat Mani Iyer and Alathur Srinivasa Iyer. Following the ethnic riots in Sri Lanka in the 1950s his family escaped to India.  Fuente

Track list:

1 – Paper nut                    6:04
2 – I know                           7:32
3 – Watching you           13:15
4 – Conversation             7:52
5 – Song for everyone  6:20
6 – Let’s go home           6:27
7 – Rest in peace             3:25      


Trilok Gurtu – percussion
Jan Garbarek – soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone
Zakir Hussain –  tabla, congas
Shankar – Violin [10-string double], electronic drums, composed
Dieter Rehm – design
Jan Erik Kongshaug – engineer
Petra Nettelbeck – photography [Cover]
Manfred Eicher – producer




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1 comentario:

  1. Gracias por compartir, conozco a varios de sus músicos de cuando escuchaba new age casi a diario, veremos como lo hacen juntos.
    Un saludo.