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Irshad Khan, Awakenings

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Irshad Khan, Awakenings

Audio CD

Disk ID: 1760173

Disk length: 55m 8s (5 Tracks)

Original Release Date: 1999

Label: Unknown

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“Awakenings” Tracks & Durations

1. Gypsy in Red 9:38
2. Power of Grace11:30
3. Joy of Life 8:57
4. For You My Love15:05
5. Mystic Journey 9:53

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Review

This ground-breaking album is from one of the greatest sitar/surbahar virtuosos Irshad Khan. This marks his unparalleled versatility in today's world of sitar music with his entry into the realms of worldbeat fusion music. Those who are drawn to the sound of the Sitar and Surbahar (bass sitar), but who perhaps feel daunted by the complexities of classical Indian music, will find much to enjoy in this album. Awakenings highlights Irshad's gifts as a melodicist by keeping the rhythms simple and precise, the song lengths shorter (they average about ten minutes each), and the improvisations accessible. Expanded instrumentation also lends the album a more global flavour, with Middle Eastern, Spanish, Indian, African and Western percussion drums, didgeridu, violins, cellos, double base, guitar, saxophone, piano and other sounds. Besides the recording is also excellent, thus enabling the listener to appreciate the subtle atmospheres which result from the blending of these various elements.