17 Mar 2018

Live: Anoushka Shankar at WOMAD 2018

From the collecton Womad
Anoushka Shankar - Land of Gold

Anoushka Shankar - Land of Gold Photo: Supplied

Womad 2018 was treated to a mesmerizing display of musicianship from Anoushka Shankar who continues the legacy and tradition of one of the 20th century’s most influential musicians – her late father, Ravi Shankar.  

Anoushka was taught sitar by her father from the age of nine and made her performance debut at the age of thirteen. Her catalogue of solo recordings has merged Indian classical music and tradition, with a number of multi-cultural collaborations that confirm her as a formidable musician in her own right.

Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar Photo: photo- Jamie-James Medina

Especially for this Womad appearance, Anoushka Shankar played compositions from her most recent album Land of Gold - an album about the global refugee crisis. 

She is accompanied by her drummer and percussionist Manu Delargo who co-wrote the album, an upright bassist who doubled on piano and one of Ravi Shankar's students who played the shehnai, a beautiful Indian reed instrument.

Her appearance on the TSB Bowl stage was eagerly anticipated and appreciated by a capacity audience.

Anoushka stage set up

Anoushka stage set up Photo: photo courtesy of michael Flynn

Anoushka Shankar and her trio of musicians were recorded live on the TSB Bowl stage by RNZ Music on Saturday 17th March at Womad 2018.

Recorded and produced by Darryl Stack for RNZ Music.

Titles: 'Remain The Sea', 'Boat To Nowhere', 'Last Chance', 'Crossing The Rubicon', 'Jump in', 'Secret Heart', 'Land of Gold' (instrumental), 'Dissolving Boundaries', 'Reunion', 'Say Your Prayers'


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