Episode #2994

Cross-Cultural Music

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Friday, January 07, 2011

Detail of a sitar jawari (Photo by Jan Kraus/Wikipedia Commons)

Listen to this New Sounds for some cross-cultural music, including a brand-new collaboration between violinist Joshua Bell and Anoushka Shankar called "Variant Moods."  We'll also dig into the WNYC Archives for a work from 1967 concert at the U.N., featuring Anoushka's father, Ravi Shankar, performing a sitar and violin duet with the late classical violinist Yehudi Menuhin, accompanied by the late tabla master Ustad Alla Rakha.

Plus, something from Polish folksters Warsaw Village Band and something from Kroke, a Polish folk band who play Jewish Gypsy-Balkan music.  Possibly rounding out the show is music from violinist Shankar, and some music from Baaba Maal.

PROGRAM #2994, Cross-Cultural Music (First aired on Fri. 10-23-09)





Baaba Maal (with Brazilian Girls)


Television [7:06]

Palm Pictures PALMCD2140

Warsaw Village Band


1.5 h [4:29]

Barbes BR 0021


The Sounds of the Vanishing World

Time [6:10]

Oriente Musik CD 24



Back Again [4:36]

ECM 1403

Joshua Bell & Anoushka Shankar

At Home With Friends

Variant Moods [9:05]

Sony 88697

Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin, and Alla Rakha

Live at the United Nations, Dec. 10, 1967

Raga Piloo [14:40]

This performance not commercially available. However, the commercial release of these duets is on Angel Records, “West Meets East: The Historic Shankar Menuhin Collection” and is available at,

Comments [1]

Kate Perry from Brooklyn

One of my all time favorite recordings is Ravi Shankar live at the Kremlin. It was recorded right around the time of glasnost and perestroika and the music is so beautiful and so profound. There is an energy in that recording that is so special - it was an addiction for quite a while. We bought it for friends and spread it around....
And then the wall came down..

Jan. 08 2011 11:32 AM

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