Any fans of classical Indian music around here?
I've long had a latent fascination with the style, and I'm finally diving in, learning the sargam, the raags, thats, and talas, all that fun theory stuff....went to a workshop with Sandip Burman, fantastic tabla/sitar player and teacher, who toured with Bela Fleck and has played with a number of respectable names. I've been interested in sitar for 10 years, but I think the workshop was what finally hooked me into going ahead. I'm working on procuring a good quality studio-style sitar (no gourd, built in transducer, and metal gear tuners) and putting the theory into practice.
A favorite of mine is the sessions Ravi Shankar did with Yehudi Menuhin, some very fiery, imaginative stuff. I've tried getting into Vilayat Khan, and I like him, but Shankar just seems slightly more creative and unique in his playing...maybe he's more "Western" and thus appeals to my ears a bit more in that vein.
Anybody else into this stuff at all?