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Estevan -> Shakti 50th Anniversary Tour - Tiny Desk Concert (May 18 2022 17:14:02)

Shabash!






kitarist -> RE: Shakti 50th Anniversary Album and Tour Announcement (May 18 2022 17:28:47)

Thanks, now I finally know for sure how to pronounce "McLaughlin" correctly - from the man himself! [:)]




Ricardo -> RE: Shakti 50th Anniversary Album and Tour Announcement (May 19 2022 12:09:22)

One of the best concerts I have ever seen. Here in DC in 2004, I had a great seat next to the sound engineer, packed with like 95% Indian people. Women were all dressed up gorgeous like it was a Royal event. The rhythm boss was selva with his lizard tambourine that sounded like Panteras double kick drums. Got to meet John and shake his hand after the show. Definitely going to see this one!!!




JasonM -> RE: Shakti 50th Anniversary Album and Tour Announcement (May 20 2022 16:27:50)

Great news! Definitely have to see this. Weird having a Shakti and Guitar trio album coming out in 2022




Fluknu -> RE: Shakti 50th Anniversary Album and Tour Announcement (May 23 2022 9:04:19)

They'coming to Montreux. John comes every year I think, even when he doesn't play. He's a very accessible and nice guy. I talked with him a few years ago when I met him by the lake.
I'll probably go, but I choosed to se Plant and Krauss, and Nick cave. And now I'm broke :(




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Estevan -> RE: Shakti 50th Anniversary Album and Tour Announcement (Nov. 14 2022 20:31:36)

Update - haven't seen anything about next year's tour yet, but recording under way chez Johnji in Monaco:

https://twitter.com/jmcl_gtr/status/1584185174073278464




Ricardo -> RE: Shakti 50th Anniversary Album and Tour Announcement (Feb. 7 2023 11:39:30)



Tour dates just came out. August 23 Wolftrap around these parts.

Nice to hear violin in the mix again. Mclaughlin shredding as fast as ever on the first tune in 11, with a much edgier tone than years ago when he revived the group with a jazz guitar. It will be even better than 50 years of metal with Priest I just saw this year.




Ricardo -> RE: Shakti 50th Anniversary Album and Tour Announcement (Feb. 9 2023 14:19:25)

Here is the original band member Vikku jamming on this old tune in 11 (8+3). He is the guy on the far right’s dad.

The way I keep track is I think of a single compas of tangos, then a bar of 3/4 for nothing.





Ricardo -> RE: Shakti 50th Anniversary Album and Tour Announcement (Jul. 26 2023 16:54:33)

I purchased the new Shakti Record on vinyl and was going to give a review weeks ago, but I realize the new tracks they sent me for download were also not yet available on typical streaming formats yet. In any case it is a really nice package with some new music and some old throwbacks. For example “Bending the Rules” has new themes composed by singer, but Mclaughlin sneaks in some Florianopolis licks and the drums do the vocal intro for Danse de Bonhure. The violin has a great solo here similar in style to the original shakti member L. Shankar. The best piece for me was Koruna by Mclaughlin in 7. Beautiful melody. Mclaughlin also has composed a piece in 3 with flamenco style palmas that sounds similar to Buleria de Cadiz or something….but honestly it is one of the weaker tunes. I followed an extensive interview where they were asked directly about the old violinist L Shankar who had dropped out of circulation when Remember Shakti formed in the early 2000, and later wanted back into the group but they had to tell him no, since they had replaced him with Srinivas (mandolin). So the question was after he passed away, why did they not bring L. Shankar back in….and worse, why do they now have a violinist? I am still confused about this, however, I looked up L. Shankar and he seems very eccentric or perhaps he is transitioning genders??? He wears these ridiculous wigs on stage….but still seems quite active playing with Vikku in his own group projects, and could totally function in this Shakti tour. But perhaps they simply don’t want to deal with the wig???[:D][:D]

https://youtu.be/CL_PeLSi2Ts




Mark2 -> RE: Shakti 50th Anniversary Album and Tour Announcement (Jul. 27 2023 16:53:34)

I saw them at the Great American Music Hall in SF. Pretty sure it was in 1976. It's a pretty small club. It was an amazing concert.


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ORIGINAL: Ricardo

One of the best concerts I have ever seen. Here in DC in 2004, I had a great seat next to the sound engineer, packed with like 95% Indian people. Women were all dressed up gorgeous like it was a Royal event. The rhythm boss was selva with his lizard tambourine that sounded like Panteras double kick drums. Got to meet John and shake his hand after the show. Definitely going to see this one!!!




Ricardo -> RE: Shakti 50th Anniversary Album and Tour Announcement (Aug. 24 2023 11:43:38)

Amazing show last night! The main difference from the other shakti shows was much shorter arrangements and improvisations (so they could do more songs, including 3 from the new album), and the new PRS Mclaughlin had some rippin distortion the whole night…more like mahavishnu Orchestra meets tabla, etc. Even my wife loved the show, and I am usually accused of torturing her ears with stuff. The singer had a lot of duende too. Zakir pronounced John’s last name “Mack Lock-lynn”, as many do, different than John himself LOL.





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Estevan -> RE: Shakti 50th Anniversary Album and Tour Announcement (Aug. 29 2023 22:28:45)

Nice photos - thanks Ricardo, I'd been looking forward to your comments about the show.

Unfortunately the organizers of Shakti's tour on this side of the world overlooked the fact that there is more than one country in "North America", so we won't be seeing them up here.

However... as a consolation that may be of interest to other dwellers in remote unknown areas of inaccessible darkness, there will be a livestream of the upcoming Nashville gig (with guest John Scofield) this Thursday August 31st. at 7:30pm Central time.

You need to sign up and give them some money (U$20). [Edit: plus "Administration fee" $5]

You can find the link at: fans.live




Estevan -> RE: Shakti 50th Anniversary Tiny Desk Concert (Oct. 30 2023 17:27:33)

This is very nice: Shakti Tiny Desk Concert
https://www.npr.org/2023/10/30/1208837412/shakti-tiny-desk-concert

SET LIST

"Shrini's Dream"
"Lotus Feet"
"Bending the Rules"

MUSICIANS

John McLaughlin: guitar
Zakir Hussain: tabla
Selvaganesh Vinayakaram: kanjira, ghatam
Shankar Mahadevan: vocals
Ganesh Rajagopalan: violin




silddx -> RE: Shakti 50th Anniversary Tiny Desk Concert (Oct. 31 2023 20:58:17)

Thanks for this! Friend of mine went to one of the 2023 shows, said it was wonderful!




Ricardo -> RE: Shakti 50th Anniversary Album and Tour Announcement (May 15 2024 13:23:05)

quote:

I looked up L. Shankar and he seems very eccentric


So just to update this comment regarding the issue of Shakti and the original violinist, I could tell something strange was going on, and the interview last week addressed all of this problems. Unfortunately it starts off with a lot of accusation and what we would call “talking smack” about the old days, airing out dirty laundry. (Starting about 58:30). But by the time I got toward the end of the interview I realized too many contradictions in his complaints, and realize that Zakir and John were better off without him. I have dropped several comments in the video if anyone cares for the time stamps and such, but long story short, Shankar claims to demand strict rehearsals etc., and also feels the project was 90% all his ideas and music, and goes as far to say non-south Indian people won’t get it and so he dumbs down the music for everybody, even disallowing certain artists to stand on stage with him if they avoided proper rehearsal, etc. He contradicts this with claims John refused to jump on stage with Zappa with no rehearsal, or that John and Zakir look down on Rock musicians, poo pooing Hendrix, or his own working with Zappa etc. Then he name drops all these famous pop guys that he is friends with (i play with Michael Jackson, George Harrison’s lawyer is my lawyer, etc.), making him look more opportunistic than “humble” etc. After calling Zakir and John liars, that he was always available and easy to find, around 1:48:40 he admits he was off grid in Africa (exactly what he claimed they lied about), and that they should have contacted Peter Gabriel….WTF? I think he likely has some mental issues, and probably (since he talks about drugs several times) had drug issues too, or maybe they caused the mental issues. He claims no royalties come in but the record jacket I have makes it clear he always had his own publishing, and that is hugely misleading….his issue was more likely about John being the Producer. Obviously to put ones name on a record “Shakti with John McLaughlin” was a marketing decision since this project was a huge gamble after Mahavishnu playing arenas with gold records, and more likely the CBS records pushed that in hopes it would sell (which it never did and john lost money as producer of those projects). 90% Shankar’s creation, but since the 2000’s Shakti has all new music which is just as good if not better than the old stuff, including the new album that took the Grammy. So a lot of this dirty laundry is very disappointing to me, even if some has truth behind it.





Estevan -> RE: Shakti 50th Anniversary Album and Tour Announcement (May 16 2024 2:43:09)

Aha...interesting. Thanks Ricardo - it may be a few days before I have a chance to check this out, but I expect I'll have some thoughts...




metalhead -> RE: Shakti 50th Anniversary Album and Tour Announcement (May 16 2024 15:18:17)

damn that's zakir, he's very popular here




Ricardo -> RE: Shakti 50th Anniversary Album and Tour Announcement (May 18 2024 16:57:41)

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ORIGINAL: metalhead

damn that's zakir, he's very popular here


he played with Paco once, but the video is gone. Here was the discussion, maybe someone can find it online somewhere?

http://www.foroflamenco.com/tm.asp?m=71921&appid=&p=&mpage=1&key=zakir%2Cbulerias&tmode=&smode=&s=#71921




metalhead -> RE: Shakti 50th Anniversary Album and Tour Announcement (May 18 2024 17:07:08)

damn that's nice. as I said in an other comment before tabla is used a lot with flamenco. Paco and tomatito have played a lot with tablas




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