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November 21st, 2010: Rahul Sharma

@théatre de la ville

I still don’t understand much about Indian music, but I keep going in the off chance the proverbial light bulb goes on. No such luck this time, but Rahul Sharma plays santoor, and I like discovering an instrument. I like this one a lot, a kind of dulcimer he played both by striking the strings and often by moving the curved hammer back and forth for a very different sound. Mixing both modes brought out the instrument’s rich possibilities. Though I must say my favorite notes were the lowest, and he rarely used those, though I certainly took notice whenever he did.

He played alone first, then was joined by a tabla player — and a forgettable tempura — but I was squarely focused on the santoor, which is telling because I’m usually quite a fan of tabla. I think I wasn’t as lost as usual rhythmically, but that’s probably because I didn’t try as much to follow the rhythm. I’m under no illusion when it comes to my understanding of this music. I still don’t get it, but at least I got to enjoy the sounds. I know how inadequate that is, but I just can’t do any better.

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December 5, 2010 - Posted by | Music

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