Pandit Pran Nath – Raga Cycle
(Shri Moonshine 003)
Hindustani raga master Pandit Pran Nath (1918-1996) is well known in the West because of high profile students like composers Terry Riley, La Monte Young, artist Marian Zazeela, jazz musicians Don Cherry, Lee Konitz and others. His focus was on alap, the early slow section of a raga with special attention to intonation. There are not many commercially available recordings of this vocalist, most are out of print, so the release of these concert recordings have been highly anticipated. It’s about time! Recorded in 1972 at the Palace Theater in Paris, Ragas Shudh Sarang and Kut Todi unfold gently and gradually with simple tabla hand drum accompaniment and the rich hypnotic drone of the tamboura strings. His singing is timeless and sublime.
Originally published in the Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter.