@Gordon Shumway , @ABitRusty -
The trailer's for "Tuning 2 You: Lost Musicians of India" were 1st advertised on YouTube in 2015 - 2016.
It was a "Kick Starter" program from brothers, Soumik & Souvid Datta. There's more film clips here.
IMDb says the actual series was released in 2017.
I thought BBC Earth had bought up the series because it was premiered in 2018 & rebroadcast in 2019.
Still can't find anywhere to watch this series, even though Channel 4 & Discovery India also carried it at one point, also. 😒
Guess everyone loves a Polka!
Just wanted to show a little "Genre-bending".
Here's the Indian "Trikala Jathi" dance, performed by Sowmya Shree, from Kantele Music Foundation. The syncing of the music with the dance video might be just a hair off, idk - but it's still nice. The "Kantele Music Foundation" YouTube site has other interesting pairings. e.g., Japanese Maikos dancing to an Irish Folk tune, etc...
The "Kantele" belongs to the Baltic box zither family - the strings are plucked.
The music is "Säkkijärven" (aka. Finnish or Leven Polka)!
Dance influences music in Cultures. Here's a short introduction to Indian Classical Dance (Hinduism Today Videos). At the end of the video is a quick showcase of other Indian Dance forms.
...did Sign Language originate here?
...a tune and a dance, like 2 people, can be strange (but beautiful) bedfellows!
Just reinforces my belief that a Classical Indian backing could work great with Irish tunes!
Here's Nandini's most informative post from that thread.
Oh I am interested in what you mean by Indian music. Is it Native American or the other kind? I live in Alaska where we have a large population of Alaskan Natives who play fiddle and have fiddle fests. So much fun. Anyways, welcome to the forum. Can't wait to see that fiddle.
Hi Georganne! India has two forms of Classical Music - North Indian Classical (Hindustani) and South Indian Classical (Carnatic). Both forms are extremely rich, complex and take years of practice to master. Unlike Western Classical music, Indian Classical music is totally based on improvisation. Traditionally, our violin hold is also very different (we sit cross-legged and play, which makes it easier for some left hand techniques). Here is my YouTube performance of a song in Raga Janasammohini (Ragas are different modes and the define the basic structures). We also have extremely complex rhythmic patterns (not in the above link, but generally) I also work in fusion (i.e. presenting classical music in different forms). You may relate more to my fusion tracks:
Do let me know what you think!
Been playing with the "Bollywood Mix Beat" from Post No.18 "Tabla loops w/NO DRONE!" List.
Tried it with "Freemount Bypass".
I have to slow the Beat video down to .75 for me to play along. Can't just listen to the 2 videos together - speed isn't quite right (maybe needs to be .80).
This one seems (for me) it could work great, with minimal manipulation - like maybe just making an area repeat a little longer. Anyway, think it's a very interesting beat & worth spending time on... but there are so many others! (lol)
Learned "Evergreen" Indian music is like our Golden Oldies, but Hindustani Bollywood songs of the 50's - 90's.
Started looking at some in the 50's & 60's worth noting, later.
Top "Evergreen" Songs list sources.
Extended List of Evergreen Romantic Bollywood Songs.
List of Evergreen Hindi Song Recommendations on "Quora" - even lists for slow and melodious tunes.
Roll out the Red Carpet!
...still LOVE Filmi music, probably because of some fusion with Western music styles.
I love Chris Haigh's Fiddle Books, Video Tutorials and his wonderful website - full of interesting info for all Folk Fiddling genres!
Here's a link to what Chris has got on Indian music - VERY COOL, about the "Sarangi" (early 3-string relative of violin)!
Found a couple of old threads on our forum: first is about Indian note frequencies & basic intonation, 2nd is about a famous Indian Violinist's legacy.
Wikipedia info link with list of his many awards.
Great info & discussion in these threads!
...curious about M.S. Gopalakrishnan's forehead - religious or sweat prevention?
Halloween is creeping up on me, but I never expected to end up here for Halloween music!
Music from the Anne Rice vampire film, "Queen of The Damned" (2002) - L. Shankar performed the solo violin parts (doesn't appear on screen), but I haven't been able to find out if he had free rein to improvise or if he composed any of them.
Lakshminarayana Shankar (aka. L. Shankar) is famous for his 'Electric Double Violin' (Two, 5-string necks)! I can relate that he has played with Frank Zappa and Peter Gabriel, among others.
Much more at Wikipedia, including:
With Peter Gabriel, he wrote the soundtrack for the film The Last Temptation of Christ (1989), for which he received a Grammy Award.
Shankar has also performed with Elton John, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Yoko Ono, Stewart Copeland, John Waite, Charly García, Steve Vai, Ginger Baker, Nils Lofgren, Jonathan Davis and The SFA and Sting.
Here's a video showing L. Shankar playing one of his 'Double' Violins!
Darlene is a song I wrote for my solo album “ Touch Me There “ in 1979 produced by Frank Zappa for Zappa Records. This is a different version I recently did.
Rolling Sheet Music for "Darlene".
L. Shankar plays more music throughout the film.
...weird, in all of his videos I sampled, I can only find him playing on ONE neck of his Double Violin - never the other neck. 🤔
That's REALLY GREAT!
You're right - definitely a medley.
Shows perfectly how wonderful Indian rhythms work with Irish music!
Thanks for sharing this collaboration!
Thought I was hearing this particular Paddy Fahy Jig (I know he composed others).
Maybe also hearing a much faster version of this tune, starting here - think this is his "Golden Castle"? ...my ears might be playing tricks on me. 😄
Seems someone else in the comments asked the name of this particular tune, just a short time ago (no answer, yet).
***This is the Golden Castle version I was speaking of.
...DONE with tune hunting for a while.
Appreciate the great example if what can be done if we understand similarities in tunes for variation and I want to do more exploration of using Indian rhythms with Irish tunes!
eh...definitley no golden castle. Paddy Faheys is nice but not it either... it was the 2 i listed. but golden castle is great and worth learning. has a haunting sound. ive been looking at that maids of mitchelstown. think it would go good with tuttles..once i go back and play it.. haha.
and you done tune hunting...YEAH RIGHHHHT..LOL.
heres golden castle of the previous album listed above
he playef it more like this in the interview.
id say the interview was after this album because dennis cahill is with him in the interview. seems like from his book they started working together after that first album release. to tie this back to Indian style music he was engrossed in that style of muaic around the same time. I i believe one of his favorite violinist was L. Shaknar from posts above. Theres a funny story about one of the tracks called Psychic Elephant off of the Vision album that he would play every morning while drinking his coffee.
"where's the story on L. Shankar?
It sounds familiar, but I can't place where I read/heard about it. Maybe enough said that I think he's a bit of an eccentric, with the two-necked Violin (and I only ever see him playing ONLY one particular neck)."
nah...it has to do with a saxophone imitating the sounds of an Indian elephant and its affects on Martins roomates at the time, Dennis Cahill being one of them.
Every once in a while I come across new stuff I missed in older threads - this one is WAY too good to pass up - wish Id seen it before I started this thread! ...from the I need South Indian classical violin fingering chart Thread
Carnatic Violin strings are cross tuned
A string is tuned to the tonic of sruti (for instance, D#), and E is tuned to its fifth (A#)
G and D strings are tuned an octave lower to the same D# and A#
To begin with, the first 4 notes of the scale are played on the A string, and the following notes on E. (Tonic is always the open A string). As the strings are cross tuned, you can follow the same pattern on G and D strings (open G: Tonic)
Fingering for Ragam Shankarabaranam (comparable to the Major scale) would be the same as G major scale starting on G and D strings. (Open G, gap, note, gap, note, note etc---openD, gap, note, gap,gap, note).
For other ragams, we should find the corresponding notes and finger accordingly. 72 basic ragas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melakarta
Usually finger 1 is used for Ri and Dha, 2 - Ga and Ni, 3 for Ma and Octave Sa from open positions. Of course, this changes when we move up to higher positions. Different fingering styles exist. Single or multiple finger oscillations and slides are used more often than plain direct note fingering, so fingering chart gets complex.
Akella Mallikarjuna Sharma's videos demonstrate good basic technique:
Here's an incomplete transcription of Carnatic ragas in staff notation (all scales starting on note C)