Magazine article New Internationalist

(Garbarek, Jan & Ustad Fateh Ali Khan. Ragas & Sagas)

Magazine article New Internationalist

(Garbarek, Jan & Ustad Fateh Ali Khan. Ragas & Sagas)

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Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek has tended to be associated with Nordic coolness because of his penchant for building improvizations around Scandinavian folk melodies. But he's also been an adventurous searcher in other areas, working in the past with Greek and Tunisian musicians, and with the famously electic Indian violinist Shankar. Ragas and Sagas finds him in the company of a group of classical musicians from Lahore, headed by singer Ustad Fateh Ali Khan (not to be confused with the well - known qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) and his student Deepika Ththaal. The other instruments are tabla and the 39 - stringed violin the sarangi, while also present on one track is drummer Manu Katche (known for his collaborations with Peter Gabriel), who puts a decidedly spacy and modernist twist into a music which often sounds austere and antique. …

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