Anoushka Shankar

The daughter of sitar icon and global superstar Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar has followed her father's lead in more ways than one. She studied at the master's knee since she was nine and established herself as a virtuoso in Indian classical music well before her 20th birthday in 1991. She performed mainly as a soloist, while also dabbling in acting. But she really asserted her own musical identity on her 2005 album, Rise, assembling a band and writing original music that fused Indian music with western pop, folk, funk, and contemporary dance rhythms. She further upped the ante on the follow-up, 2007's Breathing Under Water, with starkly modern electronica flirting with classical Indian bits, and such high profile guests as Ravi, Sting, and half-sister Norah Jones. It's music that flows from contemplative to atmospheric to jazzy improvisation to whiplash solos that burn with rock-like energy to steamy stuff that'll pack the dance floor. The Project features a mix of acoustic and electric, eastern and western instruments, and includes fabulous flautist Ravichandra Kulur and tabla ace Tanmoy Bose. $45 at 7 p.m.; $35 at 9:30 p.m. (Photo by audrey_sel
Tue., April 20, 2010
 
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