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The Dawn of Indian Music in the West


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CONTENTS i. Acknowledgments 1. Bhairavi: An Introduction 2. Nada Brahma: God Is Sound 3. West Meets East: Yehudi Menuhin, Ravi Shankar, and Ali Akbar Khan 4. Swara Samrat: Ali Akbar Khan 5. Tal Mala: Mickey Hart 6. Essence of Rhythm: Alla Rakha and Zakir Hussain 7. Music in Motion: Philip Glass 8. Mind Gardens: David Crosby and Roger McGuinn 9. The Inner Light: George Harrison 10. With a Little Help from My Friends: Jim Keltner 11. Tal Tantra: Tanmoy Bose 12. Mumbai Maestro: Zubin Mehta 13. The Philosopher's Hand: Terry Riley 14. Indo-Blue Impressions: John Coltrane and the Birth of Indo-Jazz 15. Karuna Supreme: The Post-Coltrane Indo-Jazz Movement 16: A Goal Beyond: John McLaughlin 17. Sacred Channel: Bill Laswell 18. Divine Pastime: Cheb i Sabbah 19. Suns of Sitar: Vilayat and Shujaat Khan 20. Jewels of Maihar: The Ali Akbar College of Music 21. Jugalbandi: Shubhendra Rao and Saskia Rao-de Haas 22. Ancient Love: Anoushka Shankar 23. Full Circle: Ravi Shankar 24. Sarang: An Afterword 25: Glossary 26: Bibliography Index

About the Author

Peter Lavezzoli is the author of The King of All, Sir Duke: Ellington and the Artistic Revolution, which is also published by Continuum. As a percussionist and vocalist, Lavezzoli explores the connection between musical and spiritual expression. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL


"Peter Lavezzoli's study is a gloriously detailed explanation of Hindustani classical music...It takes some education for untrained ears to learn how to listen to Indian classical music, and Lavezzoli does a great job of explaining concepts like raga and tala.... the music is dissected with scholarly precision while the cosmic implication are also investigated thoroughly."- Brian J. Bowe, harpmagazine.com, September/ October 2006
Lavezzoli... presents an excellent overview of the style of Hindustani, or North Indian, classical music. He presents minutely detailed transcriptions of his interviews, all with insightful commentary, of the principal Indian and Western musicians who have been the prime movers behind the presentation and appreciation of Indian music in the West. Almost a reference book in its dense coverage, this book is nevertheless highly readable and entertaining. Lavezzoli includes a good glossary but a much too select bibliography- CHOICE February 2007
'[a] compendious and fascinating book...It is impossible to do justice to the scope of Lavezzoli's findings in a short review: suffice to say that whether you want to know exactly how the John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain's Shakti came about, or to follow the Ravi Shankar-Frank Zappa-Peter Gabriel trail, everything you need to know is here in abundance.' ~ Michael Church, Songlines -- Michael Church
'Lavezzoli's focus is sharp, primarily Americentric and, without a shadow of a doubt, the finest treatment of what most of Jazzwise's readers would understand by dawn in the context...The heart of the book is a series of marvellous, illuminating Q&A interviews...The only real problem I had with this book was continually going back and re-reading sections instead of reviewing it. High, high praise indeed.' ~ Ken Hunt, Jazzwise, Feb 07 -- Ken Hunt
"With the publication of Peter Lavezzoli's detailed and focused account of the impact of the Indian subcontinent's music on non-Indian, specifically the West's music, readers finally have a work that complements Gerry Farrell's Indian Music and the West (1997)... [an] eloquent, passionate and inspirational book." -- Ken Hunt, Froots
-Mention. Froots/ March 2007 -- Froots
"This historical study is full of detailed information about a disparate collection of the most inventive musicians of the 20th century ... When reading this book you really feel you are being guided by someone with a highly developed intuitive feel for integrity and truth in music." -- Kate Wharton, Straight No Chaser
2006 winner of the ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.
'One of the book's strengths is that it embraces the whole footprint of Indian music...Lavezzoli is sure-footed in his discussions of music theory and practice, and the interviews with key figures, reproduced...in conversation format are useful resources...This book does fill a noticeable gap on the shelves of university and public libraries for serious Indian music enthusiasts.'Oliver Craske, Times Higher Education Supplement, 27th October 2006 -- Oliver Craske * Times Educational Supplement *

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