John McLaughlin Performing with Indian Group Shakti

Watch this video with the great guitar player John McLaughlin performing live on stage with Shakti, a group of indian musicians. This music belongs to the fusion genre and is a wonderfull combination of western and eastern music.
As many musicians from the western world, John McLaughlin has been interested in eastern culture for some time and has released several albums that clearly show the influence of indian music in his playing. One of the most remarkable albums in this sense is the LP with Carlos Santana and Michael Walden.
Notice that the two female music instrument players are sitting in the background which has mostly to do with the indian way of thinking and living.

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Sarangi – A Musical Instrument with Strings from Nepal and India

Watch this video with several musicians playing an ancient nepalese instrument, the sarangi. It is similar to the western violin in the sense of being a string instrument which is played with a bow. However, the standard tuning of the strings is quite different so that the pentatonic and other oriental scales can be played with relative ease.
In Nepal it is played frequently as a solo instrument and the melodies and sound produced by the instrument are very relaxing. Nevertheless, people from Nepal and from around the world say it is pretty difficult to learn to play the sarangi.
The music itself sounds much like music from India and Pakistan. Nepal is an idependent state and does not belong to China, however it has a border with India so it’s only natural that the music of Northern India and Nepal sound similar or are the same. Whatever, if you are familiar with indian music, you know that the sarangi is a typical instrument for performing ragas, as a solo instrument or together with tablas and other oriental music instruments.
For those of you who like to listen to more eastern music here is a page with videos of indian music with sarangi and other traditional instruments.

North Indian Classical Violin Music

This is the raga ‘Shree’ played by the artist Indrayudh Bose back in 2003 on an event organised by NAVARATNA in memory of MILY BOSE, an exponent of indian classical violin and guru of Indrayudh Bose. It sounds very different from the violins we know from western classical and folk music. First thing that jumps up is that the indian violin is played in a sitting position and not standing as the westeners traditionally play.
Musically speaking, the differences aren’t less impressive. While western violin music is frequently accompanied by a classical orchestra or any other rhythmic and harmonic support while in the classical indian music this instrument can stand as a solo instrument and melodies include very long lasting kind of base tones. Also around minute 1:00 the violin player seems to moisten his hand for better gliding. Guess what he’s doing!