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Monterey International Pop Festival, Part-6/9

El Retro-Visor de este fin de semana continúa vislumbrando la Mega-Retrospectiva al Festival Internacional de Monterrey celebrado en Julio de 1967. En esta ocasión, la parada nos conduce a detenernos en el disco dedicado al músico hindú Ravi Shankar, quien se había convertido por entonces en una especie de icono de la contracultura o en cualquier caso en un personaje que encarnaba a la perfección el gusto por los sonidos desconocidos por entonces del sitar y la tabla, instrumentos propios de la cultura y la música india. Ni que decir tiene que el gran introductor del personaje en el mundo del Pop fue George Harrison gracias a The Byrds, si bien Shankar ya tenía un bagaje anterior fructífero y había actuado previamente en Europa y Estados Unidos.
“Since 1961, he toured Europe, the United States, and Australia, and became the first Indian to compose music for non-Indian films. Chatur Lal accompanied Shankar on tabla until 1962, when Alla Rakha assumed the role.
Shankar befriended Richard Bock, founder of World Pacific Records, on his first American tour and recorded most of his albums in the 1950s and 1960s for Bock’s label. The Byrds recorded at the same studio and heard Shankar’s music, which led them to incorporate some of its elements in theirs, introducing the genre to their friend George Harrison of The Beatles. Harrison became interested in Indian classical music, bought a sitar and used it to record the song “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)”. This led to Indian music being used by other musicians and created the raga rock trend. Harrison met Shankar in London in 1966 and visited India for six weeks to study sitar under Shankar in Srinagar. During the visit, a documentary film about Shankar named Raga was shot by Howard Worth, and released in 1971. Shankar’s association with Harrison greatly increased Shankar’s popularity and Ken Hunt of Allmusic would state that Shankar had become “the most famous Indian musician on the planet” by 1966. In 1967, he performed at the Monterey Pop Festival and won a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance for West Meets East, a collaboration with Yehudi Menuhin. The same year, the Beatles won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band which included “Within You Without You” by Harrison, a song that was influenced by Indian classical music. Shankar opened the Kinnara School of Music in Los Angeles, California, in May 1967, and published a best-selling autobiography, My Music, My Life, in 1969. He performed at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969, and found he disliked the venue. In the 1970s Shankar distanced himself from the hippie movement”

Disc 6 (Sunday Afternoon 18.06.1967)
1. Raga Bhimpalasi
2. Tabla Solo In Ektal
3. Dhun (Dadra and Fast Teental)

Ravi Shankar: Dhun (Dadra and fast teental, part-1)

14 noviembre, 2009 Posted by | Monterey, Ravi Shankar | Deja un comentario


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