Amjad Ali Khan is a Recognised Master of the Sarod, one of the two major instruments in Indian classical music (and one of my very favorites). Brought to india from Africa by his great-great-grandfather over 200 years ago, you could say that the instrument and the music are in his blood! Slightly more melodic in tone than the sitar, with fewer resonating strings, the sarod is not so well known in the West, but is greatly revered in India.
Amjad Ali Khan ranks alongside such luminaries as Ravi Shankar (who plays the sitar) in the pantheon of Indian classical music, so this album is something of an event to those in the know.
With a compelling combination of deep spirituality and exuberant energy, this collection of eight new original ragas by world-renowned sarod master Amjad Ali Khan sets a new standard in this most ancient of musical traditions. The maestro is joined by his two sons, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash – dubbed “coming masters” by The New York Times – who will carry the legendary musical legacy of the family into a seventh generation.
This album differs from the mainstream classical canon in that Amjad Has decided to dispense with the long, slow build up of the normal raga form, cutting the tracks to enable the Western public to see into the heart of the tunes without having to know too much about the formal structure of the tradition.