Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Night Silence Desert

This album remains high on my list of all time favorites. Mohammad Reza Shajarian is a very talented singer, and his partnership with Kayhan Kalhor only makes sense. Track 10 is the best.


  1. Nice! I did not know you were into Indian music.

    I am more knowledgeable about Indian Classical music than your average white person, but there is so much more I would love to learn.

    I have added Shajarian to my Last.fm library. Anyone else you would recommend?

  2. I listened to the album tonight (on Last.fm), and I enjoyed it. I didn't love all of it, but I agreed that track 10 was the best. I'll listen to it again.

    Thanks for the great tip, Robert!

  3. Justin,

    Actually, I probably need suggestions from you! I probably only know about as much as the average white person.

  4. Isn't this more Iranian/Persian than anything?

  5. Shows my knowledge that I classify anything Eastern-sounding as Indian. I really could not tell you the difference.

    I got into Indian only from the George Harrison movement, which isn't far. I started out with Ravi Shankar and his daughter Anoushka Shankar (by the way, Norah Jones is his daughter, too). From there I got into Ali Akbar Khan and Zakir Hussain. Then whoever else shows up based on these names in Last.fm or Pandora. I just love any music with a sitar or a sarod. I would say Ali Akbar Khan is my favorite so far.

  6. P.S. - At the beginning of the Concert for George there are two pieces led by Anoushka that I find phenomenal. Better with video, I think. I also love the Beatles' songs with sitar.

  7. I agree that the Ravi/Anoushka opening of the Concert for George is fantastic.

    See, this is why I don't agree that it's necessarily boring when people discuss the music they love.

  8. You are right. It is not always boring to hear people's music preferences, but sometimes it most definitely is. I am not sure how to explain when it is or is not boring -- that is an interesting question in itself.