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Posted: 2012-02-25, 03:42 Post subject: improvisation: shakuhachi & sitar
I liked it! That being said, it needs some tweaks and necessary work to make it gel. I think that when we try to create fusions from different/alternate musical lineages, we learn very quickly about needing to craft a middle ground of sorts, whereby neither instrument is just repeating it's own traditional repertory... without flexing toward a bridge and some musical common ground.
The sitar player needs to be more aware of the shakuhachi's requirement for moments of pause and emptiness. Ragas tend to start slowly and gain momentum, until the raga culminates in vigorous exuberance. The shakuhachi needs to accept the intricacy of the sitar, without loosing it's fundamental qualities of phrasing and subtle nuances.
Around 12 minutes into this tune, you folks seems to have broken through. Keep at it! Obviously, a shakuhachi is not bansuri and cannot do what a bansuri does. Neither should it. So too, a sitar is not a koto nor a shamisen.
Discover the sweet spot where these two wonderful musical traditions merge. I think you guys are onto something unique and quite fascinating. Kudos! _________________ Music is the very breath of life.