passages

Cẩm sắt vô đoan ngũ thập huyền,
Nhất huyền nhất trụ tứ hoa niên…
Offering 
Sadhanipa 
Channels and Winds 
Ragas in minor scale 
Meetings along the edge 
Prashanti 

artly presented very long before, some compositions that’s highly inspirational to me, the Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass album: Passages. I particularly like the Meetings along the edge and Ragas in minor scale pieces. It’s a real pleasure to enjoy the profound sounds of the Indian sitar, sarod, tabla… in conjunction with the Western instruments violin, viola, cello… For so long, my mind has been too dull and monotonous… for such a delicate and elegant music.

…in minor scale

tay at the 15 ~ 16 kilometers level for quite long already and can’t proceed further, it’s just because of my limited time. In order to practice beyond the 20 km range, it would probably take up whole day, not within a single morning or afternoon that I’m currently restricted. Anyway, I’m trying to keep up a good sustaining speed at 5 km per hour (GPS – measured with my Garmin, consider the plastic touring – boat I’m using a kind of clumsy and heavy design), and improving my endurance as well: continuous paddling in 3 ~ 4 hours couldn’t cause much fatigue for me, even at noon while the tropical sun is burning “fabulously”. Experiments with backward – looking camera mounting, too bad that it was raining and so gloomy today for a good video shot!

Backward:

Forward:

like father like… daughter

ou’re listening to Your eyes by Anoushka Shankar, daughter of Ravi Shankar. Since first heard, I’ve been listening extensively to his music, and later on his daughter’s music. It may be hard to perceive at fist, but you would soon be addicted to it, sound of the heavenly sitar. You could also find on youtube clips of Anoushka, co – work with Norah Jones (Shankar), the half – sister of Anoushka. Well, Ravi has kind of the best quality semen! 😬

year end blue

Without music, life would be a mistake!
(Nietzsche)

ever has this German philosopher’s words rang true like this year end! Year end’s blues! I’m spending most of my time listening to Ravi Shankar’s ragas… the co-operation between sitar (Indian guitar), tabla (Indian percussion), surbahar (Indian bass guitar) and few other instruments… Splendid! Let listen to Ravi Shankar in this East meets West – Ragas in Minor scale (cowork with Philip Glass – Passages album – 1990)

Ragas in Minor scale - Ravi Shankar 

Unlike Western conventional music, Indian traditional music does not base on harmony and chord, but rather bases directly on melody & rythm as the rawest elements. While the songs might sound a bit exotic to me, it’s truer and nearer to my nature of vibration (compared to the now everywhere-spreading comtemporary pieces).

About some of Ravi Shankar’s works:

  • Extensive music for films and ballets in India, Canada, Europe, and the United States.

  • 14 honorary doctorates, 3 Grammy awards, and various national awards.

  • Candidate for Peace Nobel Prize.

  • 3 children – 3 famous artists: Shubhendra Shankar, Anoushka Shankar, and Norah Jones (Shankar).

The man’s music brought him to the position described as human being of the highest class!