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Album: Journey on the Strings
Habib Khan - Sitar
Style/Genre: World/Indian Fusion
Sarangi, Flute & Bass, Percussion
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on the Strings - Ustad
Habib Khan - Sitar
Khan - Sitar, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri - Tabla, Pandit
Vikku Vinayakram - Ghatam, Pandit Ramesh Misra - Sarangi, Peter Block - Flute & Bass, Ben Mawhorter - Percussion
incorporates deep Indian instrumentation in a fusion environment.
Recorded in a live setting, Ustad Habib Khan on sitar plays some
of the most beautiful melodies, riding on the powerful rhythm
patterns of two master percussion musicians of Indian decent;
Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri on Tabla and Pandit Vikku Vinayakram on
Gatham. Pandit Ramesh Misra on Sarangi also performs melody and
accompaniments on this one of a kind performance of a sitting
with indian master musicians. Perter Block adds special flavor
to this performance with his mesmerizing flute performances.
2. Serene 9:04
5. Socha Socha
6. Prayer of
the Lost 7:28
Total Time 50:19
# CD 1013-2
X DOT 25 Music Produced
by Habib Khan for X DOT 25 Music Recorded
at Bell Boy Studios, Fremont, CA
Mixed and Mastered at Allemande Productions, Fairfax, CA
Mixing & Mastering Engineer Hans Christian
Photo of Habib Khan Shobha Khan
Cover Art Design by Farzaneh
Habib Khan is regarded as one of the best sitar players
in the world today. He was born into a family of musicians
and can trace his lineage back several generations. He began
his training at the tender age of five under the strict
eye of his accomplished father, Ustad Hameed Jaffar Khan.
Khan has carved out a distinct style of his own which is
a blend of his father's traditional techniques and his own
imaginative innovations. Habib Khan lives and teaches in
the San Francisco Bay Area and performs all over the world.
the age of five, his parents initiated his formal musical
training and inspired him in the field of tabla. Swapan
bases his style on the intensive training he received from
his guru, Pandit Santosh Krishna Biswas of Calcutta, the
eminent exponent of the Lucknow Gharana.
Swapan Chaudhuri is an eminent tabla player whose musical
accomplishments have earned him world renown. In 1981, Ali
Akbar Khan invited him to come to the U.S. from Calcutta
and teach at the College.
holds a Master's degree in Music and has received honors
and awards from the Government of India and other institutions.
He developed his skill as an accompanist through years of
accompanying Ali Akbar Khan. As a soloist and accompanist,
he has also traveled throughout the world, accompanying
many of the leading musicians of India. Swapan is associated
with various American Universities as a visiting professor.
He is also a faculty member at the California Institute
of the Arts.
is part of a new generation devoted to expanding ancient
Indian traditions. His training came from his father,
a master musician. Vikku's instrument of choice is the
Ghatam, a large clay pot percussion instrument. Vikku
has played in numerous experimental and avant-garde ensembles.
He brought ghatam to center stage in international concert
halls. Vikku has accompanied the foremost classical musicians
and played in Zubin Mehta ensembles. He is best known
for his tenure in Shakti. a groundbreaking acoustic Jazz
and Indian fusion band with guitarist John McLaughlin,
violinist L. Shankar, and Zakir Hussain on tabla. No one
who saw Shakti could forget Vikku and Zakir's breathtaking
percussion duets. He was co-composer in Mickey Hart's
Planet Drum which won a Grammy for Best World Music Album.
He divides his time touring and teaching at his school
in Chennai Madras.
over one of the most difficult unique string instruments 'Sarangi',
Pandit Ramesh Misra is today acclaimed as an outstanding artist
of India. Son of great Sarangi maestro, acquired training
from finest musicians of Benaras Gharana, Pandit Hanuman Prasad
Mishra and late Pandit Gopal Mishra and the legendary maestro
Pandit Ravi Shankar. A recipient of India's most prestigious
Sangeet Natak Award, Pt. Ramesh Misra has also been honored
with Geetanjali, Uttam, Dishari Awards. His mesmerizing melodies
produced by his Sarangi can be heard in many music productions,
including his solo albums and Ravi Shankar's 'Inside the Kremlin'
and the Grammy nominated album 'Legacy' produced by the legendary
Ali Akbar Khan. Pandit Misra is a recording artists in Aerosmith's
Block is an outstanding western flutist who experiences a
deep musical kinship with the east. Excelling on flute, saxophone
and guitar, he has produced, composed and accompanied music
with a number of fine stylists and continues to do so with
verve and originality. Another recording in collaboration
with Ustad Habib Khan, is Fire Dance: which featured both
Pat Martino, a legendary jazz musician and Zakir Hussain,
the renown Indian tabla-master.
Block appears courtesy of Mythos Records.