With Nowruz just around the nook, The Skirball Cultural Center and the Irvine Barclay Theatre will have a good time the Persian New 12 months with two very particular concert events by the Grammy-nominated Ghazal Ensemble on March 15 and 17. Kamancheh (conventional Iranian fiddle) participant Kayhan Kahlor and sitarist, Shujaat Hussain Khan , reunite to perform their dazzling mix of classical Persian and Indian music traditions and debut new works, joined this time by Sandeep Das on tabla. Whereas generally nestled into the world of psychedelic folks and even Indo-raga surrealism, the musical entity called THE ENTOURAGE MUSIC AND THEATER ENSEMBLE was truly extra of a fancy avant-garde type of third stream ambient band that based mostly its music on movement energy and the dream state experience.
Whereas i was always in the opinion that this was a cheesy try of 60s pop rock fusion only by having sampled the 2 covers, this is in face a fairly sophisticated and stylistic display of Indian music crafted with eerie electronics and a rock infused work ethic.
As well as contributing to a massive number of albums by other artists including John Coltrane’s seminal “Africa/Brass” in 1961, McCoy Tyner’s “Tender Moments” and Thelonious Monk’s “Orchestra In Town Hall” amongst countless different appearances, by 1972 Norton started to launch materials underneath his personal pseudonym BROTHER AHH along with his debut SOUND CONSCIOUSNESS being launched on the Strata East label in 1972 after finding time away from the Solar Ra Arkestra’s demanding schedule.
It being wedding ceremony season, twice we had been obliged to flatten ourselves towards doorways to make manner for raucous marriage processions through which a poker-confronted groom on horseback was surrounded by younger men laughing and energetically gyrating to the thunderous drumming of tassa ensembles practically an identical to people who enliven Hindu weddings in Trinidad.
While the cross-pollination of different cultures was the norm beginning in the midst of the swinging 60s with a particular curiosity from the unique and historical lands of India the place every celebratory and musician gave the impression to be in the hunt for their non secular guru of choice, many musicians jumped on this bandwagon and added the oriental sounds of sitars, tablas and other exotic instruments to their music in hope of discovering that excellent bridge of cultures.