Cross-Cultural Music

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. Posibly rounding out the show is music from violinist Shankar, and some 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 OR



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,