Writings about Music
With regard to my most recent musical passion, Indian classical music, I am indebted to Harihar Rao, Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy, Pandit Jasraj, Kala Ramnath, Ravi Shankar, Alla Rakha, Shivkumar Sharma, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Zakir Hussain, Anindo Chatterjee, Swapan Chaudhuri, L. Shankar, Vikku Vinayakram, Bhimsen Joshi, Ali Ahmad Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan, Bismillah Khan, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, and many others for either introducing me personally or through live performances and recordings to what Helen Vendler described when writing about the poetry of William Butler Yeats as Our Secret Discipline.
In my mind and imagination, Indian classical music, American jazz, European classical music, and myriad forms of rock and pop and traditional music exist timelessly at once in the world, clearly intelligible and transparent with blessed overlappings and divergences for imbibing nourishment.
- Michael Robinson, April 2017, Los Angeles
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Michael Robinson is a Los Angeles-based composer and writer (musicologist).