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Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass


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This historic collaboration of two of the most notable figures of late Twentieth Century music brings full circle a process which began when promising young American composer and performing artist Philip Glass met Indian master musician and composer Ravi Shankar in Paris in 1965. That week, Glass, studying with the great Nadia Boulanger, was earning pocket money doing notation and conducting a recording session for the soundtrack of Conrad Rook’s film “Chappaqua.” The score’s composer, Ravi Shankar, was directing his ensemble from the sitar.

The Glass encounter was a rare instance of classical music reciprocity, unlike previous Shankar musical “collaborations” .Those were actually elaborate sessions with masters of other musical traditions joining Ravi to “jam” on his own music. Here, each composer presented thematic material to the other as raw material from which these finished pieces were fashioned. Passages contains four such co-ventures: a) two Glass compositions on themes by Shankar (Shankar / Glass); b) two Shankar compositions on themes by Glass (Glass / Shankar), c) as well as one piece from each composer completely of his own devising.

The result was an arresting example of musical collaboration.


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  • Helxor

    Passages is ridiculously tight. Phenomenal synergy of east and west.

    17 Jul 2013 Reply
  • dillEsquire

    Great study music

    9 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Baphometrose

    An outstanding collaboration. It really couldn't get any better than this.

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • psynumb

    Philip's structures highlights Ravi's genius. I can die a happy man :).

    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • IsacDaavid

    @psynumb: Indeed. "Meetings Along The Edge" is my favourite of this superb album.

    20 May 2012 Reply
  • IsacDaavid

    Great minds' music sound alike: wonderful

    22 Mar 2012 Reply

    Music for the mind.

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • psynumb

    @Yzzito; exactly.This album is phenomenal, more people should listening to this.And "Meetings Along The Edge" is the cherry on top .

    24 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Wrenaissance

    Wow, I feel at peace listening to this duo, great synthesis of east & west.

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
  • nicolauz

    It's hilarious half the people that start the album can't finish it.

    15 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Haxlol


    31 Jan 2011 Reply
  • a_ste

    impressive album

    17 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Yzzito

    The beauty of Glass`s moving constructions meets the refinement of Shankar`s oriental melodies. Wonderful album. I`ve listened to this for several weeks but I can`t stop surprise.

    13 Oct 2010 Reply
  • SatanEsCholo

    Meetings Along The Edge! <3

    29 Aug 2010 Reply
  • SatanEsCholo

    Amazing ! this record are the best, musical compositions by two masters in opposite ways :D HELL YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH !!!

    29 Aug 2010 Reply
  • klog

    highly awesome.

    28 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Shamatha

    Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass ?! Whoa, can't wait to listen !

    11 Jun 2010 Reply
  • lamusemalade


    1 May 2010 Reply
  • BOECK39

    some more of there great music !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    17 Apr 2010 Reply
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