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Album: Jewel of Heart
Habib Khan - Sitar
Style/Genre: World /Indian Fusion
Instrumentation: Sitar, Tabla, Ghatam, Oud,
Sax, Percussion, Acoustic Guitar, Piano.
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of Heart - Ustad
Habib Khan - Sitar
relaxed world fusion gathering placed just to the East of
centre. Sitar, tabla, ghatam, oud, sax, percussion, acoustic
guitar and piano fitly fuse on this accomplished album.
-- John McLaughlin Archives
Khan - Sitar, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri - Tabla, Pandit Vikku Vinayakram
Ustad Necati Celik - Oud, George Brooks - Sax, Ben Mahorter -
Percussion, Mathew Montfort - Guitar, Ira Stein - Piano
A follow up
to "Longing", this CD project was created by Ustad Habib Khan
bringing the best of Bay Area musicians together. "Jewel
of Heart" shows its roots in the music of India with strong compositions
by Ustad Habib Khan and contributions from these fine musicians.
1. Folksong 7:24
2. High Tide 9:25
3. Budding Hope
4. Jewel of Jewels
5. Meshk 6:52
Total Time 44:19
Item # CD 1016-2
X DOT 25 Music
Produced by Habib Khan for X DOT 25 Music
Mix Produced by Hans Christian
Mastering & Mixing Engineer Hans Christian
Recorded at: Bell Boy Studios
Photo of Habib Khan Shobha Khan
Cover Art Design by Farzaneh
Habib Khan is regarded as one of the best sitar players in the
world today. He was born into a family of musicians and can trace
his lineage back several generations. He began his training at
the tender age of five under the strict eye of his accomplished
father, Ustad Hameed Jaffar Khan.
Khan has carved out a distinct style of his own which is a blend
of his father's traditional techniques and his own imaginative
innovations. Habib Khan lives and teaches in the San Francisco
Bay Area and performs all over the world.
the age of five, his parents initiated his formal musical
training and inspired him in the field of tabla. Swapan bases
his style on the intensive training he received from his guru,
Pandit Santosh Krishna Biswas of Calcutta, the eminent exponent
of the Lucknow Gharana.
Swapan Chaudhuri is an eminent tabla player whose musical
accomplishments have earned him world renown. In 1981, Ali
Akbar Khan invited him to come to the U.S. from Calcutta and
teach at the College.
holds a Master's degree in Music and has received honors and
awards from the Government of India and other institutions.
He developed his skill as an accompanist through years of
accompanying Ali Akbar Khan. As a soloist and accompanist,
he has also traveled throughout the world, accompanying many
of the leading musicians of India. Swapan is associated with
various American Universities as a visiting professor. He
is also a faculty member at the California Institute of the
is part of a new generation devoted to expanding ancient Indian
traditions. His training came from his father, a master musician.
Vikku's instrument of choice is the Ghatam, a large clay pot
percussion instrument. Vikku has played in numerous experimental
and avant-garde ensembles. He brought ghatam to center stage
in international concert halls. Vikku has accompanied the foremost
classical musicians and played in Zubin Mehta ensembles. He
is best known for his tenure in Shakti. a groundbreaking acoustic
Jazz and Indian fusion band with guitarist John McLaughlin,
violinist L. Shankar, and Zakir Hussain on tabla. No one who
saw Shakti could forget Vikku and Zakir's breathtaking percussion
duets. He was co-composer in Mickey Hart's Planet Drum which
won a Grammy for Best World Music Album. He divides his time
touring and teaching at his school in Chennai Madras.
Brooks met composer Terry Riley and sitarist Krishna Bhatt
in 1979. Improvising with these musicians ignited an interest
in Indian music. In 1996, Zakir Hussain's label released
Brooks' debut CD and he toured in concerts with Zakir Hossain
worldwide. He also performed with many of India's top classical
artists including Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Sultan Khan, Aashish
Khan and Swapan Chaudhuri.
Stein signed his first recording contract and released his
first album on Windham Hill Records before age of 20 in
1982. In 1991, Ira formed a new group and released two albums
on Narada Records. Currently Ira has done his new album
independently on his own Lost Time Records label.
Montfort is a pioneer of the scalloped fretboard guitar
and the leader of the band Ancient Future. Founded in 1978,
Ancient Future is the first and longest running ensemble
dedicated to creating world fusion music.