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This Island Earth
Sunday January 7th, 2018 with Neil Bakshi
We'll listen to newly restored and released recordings of Ravi Shankar's theatrical opera "Ghanashyam - A Broken Branch". The musical was commissioned and performed in 1989, and hasn't been available to listen to until now.

Starting off with a listen to some of the more acclaimed jazz releases in 2017.
The Locator
Makaya McCraven - Highly Rare - International Anthem New
Garden of Bells (Trio with Dexter Story and Josh Johnson)
Carlos Niño & Friends - Going Home - Leaving Records New
The Space Between the Fish and the Moon
Yazz Ahmed - La Saboteteuse - Naim Records New
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Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York - Fukushima - Libra Records New
Pineapple (Featuring Moses Boyd and Nerja)
Blue Lab Beats - Xover - Society of Sound Music New
Wejene Aola feat. Kamasi Washington
Dexter Story - Single - Soundway
Nope
Vijay Iyer Sextet - Far From Over - ECM New
Listening Embrace
Nicole Mitchell - Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds - FPE New
Truth
Kamasi Washington - Harmony of Difference - Young Turks New
Er Ra
Alice Coltrane - World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda - Luaka Bop New
Clicky Clacky
Collin Walcott, Don Cherry and Naná Vasconcelos - Codona 3 - ECM
Currents
Kingsuk Biswas - Asian Travels, Vol. 1: A Six Degrees Collection - Six Degrees
In 1989, Ravi Shankar was commissioned by the Birmingham Touring Opera Company to compose a musical for performance. He delivered "Ghanashyam - A Broken Branch", that was performed by the company in 1990. A mostly instrumental production, the story is told through dance and some vocal segments.

The story revolves around two dancing families from opposite ends of the country who happily coexist until the leader of one turns to substance abuse under the influence of dubious holy men. Ultimately, it kills him, transforming the dancer into an angry spirit. He then possesses a female dancer from the other family that he has always fancied, leading to an exorcism and his spirit being drawn out with the falling of a branch. His widow then accepts his spirit into her body and dies.

The recordings of this work has never been available in it's entirety until now.
Ghanashyam Introduction and Overture
Ravi Shankar - Ghanashyam: A Broken Branch - East and West New
Temple Scene and Dance Practice
Ravi Shankar - Ghanashyam: A Broken Branch - East and West New
Holi Colour Festival Song
Ravi Shankar - Ghanashyam: A Broken Branch - East and West New
Festival Preparations
Ravi Shankar - Ghanashyam: A Broken Branch - East and West New
Harahara Shankara Drug Pushers (Temptation)
Ravi Shankar - Ghanashyam: A Broken Branch - East and West New
Monsoon and Rain
Ravi Shankar - Ghanashyam: A Broken Branch - East and West New
Sadness and Intoxication
Ravi Shankar - Ghanashyam: A Broken Branch - East and West New
Spring
Ravi Shankar - Ghanashyam: A Broken Branch - East and West New
Drugs, Hallucinations, The Divine
Ravi Shankar - Ghanashyam: A Broken Branch - East and West New
Demons and Struggle
Ravi Shankar - Ghanashyam: A Broken Branch - East and West New
Love Song (Ashtapati of Jayadeva)
Ravi Shankar - Ghanashyam: A Broken Branch - East and West New
Dishonesty, Chase, Death
Ravi Shankar - Ghanashyam: A Broken Branch - East and West New
Shadows and Loss
Ravi Shankar - Ghanashyam: A Broken Branch - East and West New
Pining Dream Illusion
Ravi Shankar - Ghanashyam: A Broken Branch - East and West New
Fun - Possessed
Ravi Shankar - Ghanashyam: A Broken Branch - East and West New
Exorcism, Death, Spirit Escape
Ravi Shankar - Ghanashyam: A Broken Branch - East and West New
Shadows and Loss Reprise
Ravi Shankar - Ghanashyam: A Broken Branch - East and West New
Another Day, Life Goes On
Ravi Shankar - Ghanashyam: A Broken Branch - East and West New
Violin (Group Improvisations)
Oregon - The Essential Oregon - Vanguard
Interactive CKCU
Shelley Ann Morris
Hi Neil, Happy 2018! Energetic jazz--the perfect soundtrack while un-decorating the place!

1:25 PM, January 7th, 2018
Neil Bakshi (host)
Happy New Year S.A.M. Always a source of tension in our house, i'm the one that always want to keep Christmas decorations up longer than everyone else.

1:29 PM, January 7th, 2018
S.A.M.
Really liking this funky jazz that's playing now!!

1:47 PM, January 7th, 2018
PeterB
Just getting in from Sunday chores. Assume this is Shankar - Ghanashyam on now. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you. Rats, i was hoping (dreaming) i might catch it live from the beginning... ;^/

3:32 PM, January 7th, 2018
Neil Bakshi (host)
You should give the whole piece a listen Peter, right up your alley. NYE!

3:54 PM, January 7th, 2018