Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Audio Postcard: Naveen Mishra, sitar (New Year's Eve concert, Jolly Music House, Varanasi, 31 December 08)

Located in the old city, Jolly Music House sells instruments, offers music and dance lessons, and three nights a week stages concerts by the school's teachers and other local musicians. For New Year's Eve, the house put on a 5-hour program, the highlight of which was the sitar performance by Naveen Mishra, a musician in a class above all the others that performed that evening. I've tried googling him but aside from a few small press items there doesn't appear to be much available in English.

In the meantime, please enjoy this short excerpt, a 5-minute encore concluding 50-minutes of beautiful improvisation. Anyone interested in a copy of the complete performance, please contact me directly. Due to restricted bandwidth in Nepal, I will not be able to upload until I return to Japan sometime in March.

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