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A fantastic introduction to Indian music for Western ears,
This review is from: The Classical Indian Collection (Audio CD)
It's not Indian Classical music as such, it's a series of tracks that fuse Indian classical music with Western classical music, as the sleevenotes make clear. There are also touches of Western jazz and folk (like Alice Coltrane's dreamy Radhe Shyam). It uses the violin and the flute as the starting point -- these are instruments that you find in Indian music and Western music. It's beautiful stuff, a respite from some of the noisier East-West fusions that have become popular in nightclubs. I particularly loved the Kronos Quartet's version of an Asha Bhosle song, Talvin Singh's Traveller and the Indo-classical fusions of the great John Mayer. Also fantastic are the dreamy, string-drenched tracjs by Mychael Danna, Nitin Sawnhey and Karsh Kale. A really, really good album to relax to.