George Harrison Estate Unveils New Label HariSongs - Noise11.com
Ravi Shankar and George Harrison

Ravi Shankar and George Harrison

George Harrison Estate Unveils New Label HariSongs

by Paul Cashmere on May 3, 2018

in News

The estate of George Harrison has created the new record label HariSongs to issue George’s archive of Indian Classical and World Music.

George said in 1973, “In 1966, through the grace of God, my life was blessed and enhanced from the sudden desire to investigate the classical music of India. Although intellectually, I could not comprehend it – the music, (which happened to be Ravi Shankar and the sitar) made more sense to me than anything I had heard in my life. When I read Ravi saying he felt he had only started, I was overwhelmed, humbled and encouraged to try and understand the music and the man much more. Miraculously I met Ravi Shankar and felt an even greater attraction to him, the music and later the tradition and self discipline of India, without which, my life would be empty and pointless. In 1966 I heard music which had been written by Ravi Shankar some years before (Nava Rasa Ranga). It was performed by Ravi, along with some other musicians, for All India Radio. Until then I had not heard Indian classical music in any form other than solos or duets, and the beauty has haunted me for the past eight years and still haunts me today. I hope this Music may help a little, to nurture the wealth of the West. God only knows.”

The first two releases are In Concert 1972 by Ravi Shankar and Chants of India by Ravi and produced by George.

In Concert 1972

In Concert 1972 features two of Indian Classical music’s greatest artists at the height of their powers, the sitar maestro Ravi Shankar and master of the sarod, Ali Akbar Khan. The album captures the live recordings from a performance that took place at New York City’s Philharmonic Hall on October 8, 1972 and was edited and mixed by George Harrison with Zakir Hussain and Phil McDonald.

Featuring tabla accompaniment by the great Alla Rakha, this mesmerising concert comprises three ragas played in the jugalbandi style (or a duet played by two solo musicians) and became a poignant tribute to the guru of both soloists (and the father of Ali Akbar), the great Allauddin Khan, who had died but a month previously.

Chants of India

Chants of India by Ravi Shankar and produced by George Harrison was originally released in 1997 on Angel Records. Recorded in Madras, India, and Henley-on-Thames, UK, this collaboration was referred to by Shankar as “one of the most difficult challenges in my life, as a composer and arranger,” and draws upon the sacred Sanskrit texts of the Vedas, Upanishads and other scriptures. He added, “the repetitive use of mantras invoke a special power within oneself and I have tried to imbibe this age-old tradition in this recording… into which I have poured my heart and soul.”

The first two albums in the series were released on April 27, 2018.

For news as it happens follow Noise11 on Facebook

Noise11.com

Listen to the Noise11 Music News channel now at iHeartRadio

Related Posts

The Who Play First Gig In Cincinnati Since 1979 Tragedy

The Who paid tribute to the victims of the 1979 tragedy during their first show back in Cincinnati, Ohio.

16 hours ago
The Rolling Stones, Ros OGorman photographer, Rod Laver Arena
Echo and the Bunnymen To Support The Rolling Stones In Liverpool

Echo and the Bunnymen are supporting The Rolling Stones in Liverpool next month.

17 hours ago
Normie Rowe and the Playboys perform at Memo Music Hall St Kilda on Saturday 6 June 2015. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Normie Rowe Had Eight Top 10 Hits Before He Was 20

Australian Rock and Roll star Normie Rowe Had Eight Top 10 hits before he turned 20 (Nine if you count a Double-A). Normie was 18 when his first hit ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’ was released in April 1965. ‘It’s Not Easy’, his eighth Top 40 hit was released 18 months later in December 1966.

1 day ago
Baz Luhrmann Elvis
Lisa Marie Presley Raves About The New Baz Luhrmann ‘Elvis’ Movie

Lisa Marie Presley says she was brought to tears watching the new Baz Luhrmann portrayal of her father Elvis Presley in ‘Elvis’.

3 days ago
The Monkees with Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz perform at the Palais in St Kilda as part of their 50th anniversary tour on Wednesday 7 December 2016. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Micky Dolenz, The Last Surviving Monkee, Tours In Honour of His Friends and Band Mates

At age 77, Micky Dolenz is the last surviving member of The Monkees. Davy Jones died 29 February 2012, Peter Tork passed 21 February 2019 and Mike Nesmith died 10 December 2021.

6 days ago
Diana Ross, Noise11, Photo
Are Diana Ross and Tame Impala Collaborating?

Diana Ross and Tame Impala seemingly have a new album "coming soon".

May 10, 2022
Mickey Gilley
Country Legend Mickey Gilley Dies At Age 86

Country great Mickey Gilley has died at the age of 86.

May 8, 2022