Sitar Sensation Anoushka Shankar Begins 2011 European Tour to Promote New Album

Anoushka Shankar - Traveller
Anoushka Shankar will be presenting her new album Traveller to Europe audience s in November and December 2011. Her first album for Deutsche Grammophon was produced by renowned Spanish musician Javier Limón and brings Anoushka Shankar’s Hindustani sitar into the world of flamenco. Traveller is now available in Europe and has already shot up to the top of the French and UK iTunes “World Music” charts at No. 1. The album will be released in March 2012 in North America, coinciding with her North American tour.

It was a love of the music that inspired me to make this flamenco album and bring together these two traditions”, says Anoushka Shankar. “I’ve always loved flamenco and had a fascination for it. There’s always been that pull towards something I find very similar in flamenco to what I cherish in Indian classical music: a kind of uninhibited musicality in expression, whether it’s a solo voice, a sitar or a guitar. Of course there were common roots and technical similarities to explore, and when you start to play with those, you can really delve down in very delicious ways. However the desire came from simply being an admirer of the music, and wanting to learn about it through making music.”

Asked what drew him particularly to Indian classical music and Anoushka Shankar’s style of playing, Javier Limón explains: “When Anoushka plays pure Indian music, for us she’s playing pure flamenco – for all the Gypsies, for Paco [de Lucía] and me, for all of us. When she plays Indian we sometimes say: ‘Hey, you play flamenco very well, this is flamenco.’ And she always answers: ‘No, no, no, this was Indian, pure Indian.’ The frontier is not clear because many centuries ago, maybe eight, the Gypsies came from Rajasthan and brought a lot from there to the flamenco style, to flamenco music. They created what we know today as flamenco with the Christians and Jews in Spain and with the Arabs. That’s why there are a lot of things in common that make our musical forms brothers. Flamenco is very young, about 200 years old. For me, flamenco is like the little brother of Indian music.”

Tour Dates

November 2011

4 November 2011

Palais du Littoral
Grande-Synthe, France

6 November 2011

Munich, Germany
Prinzregententheater

7 November 2011

Stadthalle
Heidelberg, Germany

8 November 2011

La Cigale
Paris, France

10 November 2011

Nuevo Teatro Circo
Cartagena, Spain

11 November 2011

Auditorio Kursaal
San Sebastian, Spain

15 November 2011

Teatro Circo Price
Madrid, Spain

16 November 2011

Kaufleuten
Zurich, Switzerland

17 November 2011

Festspielhaus
Baden-Baden, Germany

18 November 2011

Victoria Hall
Geneva, Switzerland

19 November 2011

Philharmonie

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

20 November 2011

The Anvil
Basingstoke, Great Britain

22 November 2011

Usher Hall
Edinburgh, Great Britain

23 November 2011

Warwick Arts Centre
Coventry, Great Britain

24 November 2011

Royal & Derngate Theatre
Northampton, Great Britain

26 November 2011

Philharmonic Hall
Liverpool, Great Britain

27 November 2011

The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester, Great Britain

28 November 2011

Gateshead, Great Britain
The Sage Gateshead

30 November 2011

Concert Hall (Megaron)
Athens, Greece

December 2011

2 December 2011

Colston Hall
Bristol, Great Britain

5 December 2011

Queen Elizabeth Hall (South Bank Centre)
London, Great Britain

6 December 2011

Berlin, Germany
Haus der Kulturen der Welt

7 December 2011

Laeiszhalle
Hamburg, Germany

8 December 2011

Konzerthaus Dortmund
Dortmund, Germany

9 December 2011

Palais des Beaux-Arts/Paleis voor Schone Kunsten
Brussels, Belgium

12 December 2011

Gulbenkian
Lisbon, Portugal

14 December 2011

Palau de la Musica Catalana
Barcelona, Spain

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