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1. Earth and Rivers (1996) 33.08
meruvina: kemanche, Indian, African and Balinese percussion, tanpura
2. Indian Jasmine (1997) 29.06
meruvina: sitar, South American, Indian and Near Eastern percussion, tanpura
3. October Sky (1996) 4.43
meruvina: kemanche, bells, male voices, female voices
Indian Jasmine opens with Earth and Rivers, my interpretation of Raga Jog. Jog was introduced to me by the great North Indian violinist of the same name, V.G. Jog, on a recording with Zakir Hussain. This CD is a marvel of raga development using varying versions of the same phrases. The use of both komal and shuddha ga, along with komal ni, suggests what turns out to be a superficial similarity with blues and jazz. Nonetheless, it was this connection that made Jog one of the first ragas I grasped. The following year, I heard another Hindustani violinist, Kala Ramnath, perform Jog live, with Ajit Pathak on tabla, and this was also a memorable performance.
Indian Jasmine is named for the fragrant vine that appears in Los Angeles around the time of my birthday in March. Harihar Rao had it growing in his backyard, and I have a fond memory of him introducing me to Indian Jasmine there after one of our many lessons.
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