Live Music: The Ghazal Ensemble at the Skirball Cultural Center

By Bonnie Perkinson March is a festive month. In India there is Holi, a festival of color and love, good over evil. It is mentioned in the Vedas, the most sacred books of India and the earliest record of Indo-Aryan civilization. Persia gives us Nowruz, celebrating rebirth and a joyous sense of belonging, going back… Read More Live Music: The Ghazal Ensemble at the Skirball Cultural Center

Live Music: Ravi Shankar at Disney Concert Hall

By Don Heckman It wasn’t clear what to expect at Ravi Shankar’s Disney Hall concert Thursday night.  There had been two previous cancellations, and the venerable Indian artist turned 91 in April. His musicians took the stage first – a pair of percussionists, another sitar player, a flutist, a tanpura player and a Shankar assistant. … Read More Live Music: Ravi Shankar at Disney Concert Hall

Picks of the Week: Oct. 19 – 24

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Oct. 19 (Tues.)  Robert Glasper Trio.  More than most of his contemporaries, pianist Glasper has found ways to compatibly combine hip-hop, rock and r & b elements with his solid jazz skills.  Catalina Bar & Grill. http://www.catalinajazzclub.com (323) 466-2210. – Oct. 19. (Tues.)  Henry Franklin’s Big 70th Birthday Celebration. … Read More Picks of the Week: Oct. 19 – 24

Live World Music: “India Calling!” at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman Indian culture has created one of the world’s most sophisticated forms of musical expression. The raga/tala system, with its juxtaposition of ragas (similar to, but far more complex, than Western modes) and talas (rhythmic cycles) is a unique combining of melody, rhythm, composition, improvisation, spirituality and history. Beyond a few similarities in… Read More Live World Music: “India Calling!” at the Hollywood Bowl