Rahul Sakyaputra

Live Concerts in Los Angeles, Vol. 3

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The final installment in the series, this concert obviously took place in a different setting. Instead of the roar of an enthusiastic crowd at the end of the piece, children are heard talking during Rahul Sakyaputra's introduction. This recording seems to document one of the numerous private concerts the sitar player performed around Los Angeles for various celebrities and dignitaries. The whole disc is devoted to "Raag Kirwani." Sakyaputra first explains to the audience the nature of Indian classical music, adding a story about how Buddha found the meaning of the middle path. Then he proceeds into the obligatory sitar introduction, stretching out in a mood that recalls the melancholy of Western impressionists. Then Ron Wagner enters on tabla for the buildup ("Vilambit Tin Taal"), a bit long and lacking the excitement of "Raag Charukeshi" on Live Concerts in Los Angeles, Vol. 2. The last part, "Drut Tin Taal & Jhala," begins on a quiet, almost sad note, but eventually turns to joy in the final minutes. It is a satisfying performance, with Sakyaputra's usual elegance and respect for Indian classical forms, but it doesn't particularly stand out.

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