SITARIST & COMPOSER ANOUSHKA SHANKAR TO RELEASE NEW CD, RISE, ON SEPT. 27; ANOUSHKA'S FIRST STUDIO RECORDING IN 5 YEARS, & FIRST RELEASE SINCE 2001's GRAMMY-NOMINATED CD LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL
ANOUSHKA TO PERFORM BACK-TO-BACK NYC CONCERTS, OCT. 27 AT JOE'S PUB & OCT. 28 AT CARNEGIE HALL; FURTHER TOUR DATES IN 2005 TO INCLUDE HOUSTON, DALLAS, AUSTIN, BOSTON, BALTIMORE, WASHINGTON DC & CHICAGO
Anoushka's Other Recent Projects Include:
• Guest Appearance On MIDIval Punditz CD MIDIval Times
• Composing Soundtrack For Short Film Ancient Marks
• Debut Acting Performance In Bollywood Film Dance Like A Man
• Writing Biography Of Her Father Ravi Shankar Bapi: The Love Of My Life
Anoushka Shankar has made her sitar an instrument not just of a silky melody but of a cultural revival... injecting freshness and energy into [traditional Indian music], and broadening its appeal for a younger generation."
- TIME Asia
The sitarist & composer Anoushka Shankar's fourth album, Rise, which will be released on Angel Records September 27, marks a defining moment in the career of the young woman whose surname is synonymous with Indian music. Having previously recorded strictly in the classical tradition of her father, the legendary Ravi Shankar, Anoushka truly emerges as a potent creative force with her newest release.
It's very much my own music and my journey and who I am right now," says Anoushka, who turned 24 in June. I felt like I was rising into that. On a personal level, Rise signifies growth. It was a step up for me. Not even up, just more into my own."
On Rise - which was composed, produced and arranged by Anoushka - she collaborated with a select crew of virtuoso Eastern and Western musicians wielding a variety of both acoustic and electronic instruments, often engaging in unexpected ways to create tantalizing new sounds. And while Anoushka's own sitar playing has evolved measurably, there are several tracks on Rise on which she eschews the sitar all together in favor of allowing her voice to be heard by way of her compositions and arrangements instead. The result is a stunning and evocative work that will surely catapult Anoushka into the vanguard of the world music scene.
Two back-to-back concerts in New York this Fall will accentuate the breadth and dedication of Anoushka's musicianship when on October 27 she performs the music from Rise with her own ensemble at Joe's Pub, and on October 28 she is a featured performer on Ravi Shankar's Festival of India III at Carnegie Hall. Further Festival of India tour dates include stops in Houston, Dallas, Austin, Boston, Baltimore, Washington DC and Chicago (see below).
Anoushka's side projects of late have included everything from a guest appearance on an electro-Indian project, composing a film soundtrack, acting in a Bollywood film, and writing a biography of her father.
MIDIval Punditz, the electro-Indian outfit, enlisted Anoushka to contribute her sitar to Rebirth," a track on their latest release MIDIval Times, which was released this past April on Six Degrees. Gaurav Raina, one the group's two members, was also the recording engineer on Anoushka's new CD Rise. Anoushka also composed the score for the short film Ancient Marks, which was shown at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. She made her film acting debut last year portraying a dancer in the Bollywood film Dance Like A Man. Anoushka also penned a biography of her father, the legendary sitarist Ravi Shankar, titled Bapi, The Love of My Life.
Ravi Shankar featuring Anoushka Shankar
Festival of India III - Fall 2005 U.S. Tour Dates
September 16: Houston, TX: Society for the Performing Arts
September 18: Dallas, TX: Titas
September 20: Austin, TX: Paramount Theatre
September 23: Fayetteville, AR: Walton Arts Center
October 2: Boston, MA: World Music Boston
October 5: Storrs, CT: University of Connecticut
October 8: Greenvale, NY: Tilles Center for the Arts
October 16: North Bethesda, MD WPAS-Strathmore Hall
October 20: Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Symphony
October 23: Raleigh, NC: Duke University
**October 26: Troy, NY: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
**October 27: New York, NY: Joe's Pub
October 28: New York, NY: Carnegie Hall
November 1: Richmond, VA: University of Richmond
November 5: Chicago, IL: Chicago Symphony
November 6: East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University
November 9: Lawrence, KS: Lawrence University
**Anoushka performs the music from Rise