SHENKAR, Violin and vocalist virtuoso performs at THE BLUE WHALE
performing some of his favorite compositions selected from his discography
with some very special guests
Neel Agrawal - world percussion
*Christopher Garcia - world percussion
Randy Gloss - world percussion
very special guests
Pedro Eustache - woodwinds
Jim Santi Owen - morsing
Vinod Venkataraman - mridangam
Garcia, an EAST LOS Angeles native and no stranger to LATINO LA
was invited to accompany SHENKAR @ Wesleyan University October 2016.
The first western percussionist, and definitely the only percussionist from EAST LOS
to perform a classical concert of Indian music as a duo with SHENKAR
"another highlight was Shenkar's singing on the fourth track.....Shenkar, with his five-and-a-half
octave vocal range, engrossed audiences with his unparalleled vocal ability over a skillful series
of plucks and bends on his 10-string stereophonic double violin."
"Shankar is one of the world's most illustrious violinist, No surprise then that the best
contemporary artists have called upon the services of the Madras violinist to enhance
their music. "
MONTREAL JAZZ FEST
"Shankar, acclaimed virtuoso violinist, singer, composer and producer who has
sold over ten million albums, is a musical pioneer. He embraces with equal ease three
idioms of music: Indian classical, world music and pop/rock."
"Shankar has played with jazz and rock musicians, including John McLaughlin and Frank Zappa .The bravura South Indian classical style, with its emphasis on rhythmic drive and virtuosity, lends itself well to the contemporary fusion music idiom ..he brought to it something of the inventiveness and intensity that are so evident in his jazz and rock works."
NEW YORK TIMES
"Shankar, as well as being a top player in both the Western and Indian classical traditions
uses his dazzling virtuosity to full effect in rock and jazz fusions with such artists as Peter
Gabriel, Jan Garbarek, Frank Zappa andTalking Heads. He has an astounding double-necked,
10-stringed electric violin giving him the full range of the string quartet - an instrument which
would appear ridiculous and totally pretentious in the hands of almost any other violinist.!"
"Shankar's scintillating double violin was an aural feast for the senses .an expectant audience
was treated to a dash of world music when Shankar took the stage for their inaugural performance. Beginning with a piece that combined part of his score from Martin Scorcese's The Last Temptation Of Christ and one of his own compositions , 'La Danse Du Bonheur' by Shakti, Shankar gave the audience a short and subtle taste of what his legendary double violin is capable of. Alternating between the two fingerboards to produce lingering high-pitched notes and low drones that gave the music a sense of epic scale
"Commonly referred to simply as Shankar he is probably the most successful Indian
violinist to marry traditional Indian styles with western jazz and fusion."
"Christopher Garcia is known for his expertise in jazz, avant-garde, and both indigenous and traditional Mexican music....Garcia's drumming cut through, complemented, and grounded the reverberating echoes of Shankar's masterful slides on the violin throughout the hall. Highlights included Garcia's percussion solo in the fifth track, in which he built upon various rhythms for several uninterrupted minutes to a fascinating effect...."
Touch Me There (1979--Zappa Records)
Who's to Know (1980--ECM)
Song For Everyone (1985--ECM)
Nobody Told Me (1989--ECM)
Pancha Nadai Pallavi (1989--ECM)
Soul Searcher (1990--Axiom/Island/PolyGram)
Raga Aberi (1995--Music of the World)
Enlightenment (Ganesh music)
Eternal Light (2000--Moment! Records)
Open the Door (2007--Big Deal/Rykodisc)
Face To Face (2009 - Big Deal Records )
In A Box ( 2012- Big Deal Records)
The Revelation ( 2013- Sri Music)
Champion ( 2014 - Sri Music)
Transcend ( 2015-Sri Music)
Phil Collins FACE VALUE
Peter Gabriel " Secret world Tour " as Shankar
Shankar & Gingger's One In A Million (2001 · Silverline)
A Handful of Beauty (1976--CBS)
Natural Elements (1977--CBS)
with The Epidemics
The Epidemics (1986)
Do What You Do
Peter Gabriel's Passion:
Music for The Last Temptation of Christ (1989)
Double violin, vocals, composer of
"Open" (uncredited composer of additional music)
Sources (1989) and (1993)