Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Land of Gold is Anoushka Shankar's fervent response to the humanitarian trauma of displaced people fleeing conflict and poverty.
The virtuoso sitar player explores an expressive range, conveying an evocative journey infused with a message of enduring hope. With exquisite arrangements blending genres and musical collaborations, Land of Gold is a narrative communicated with conviction and poetic beauty.
"Land of Gold originated in the context of the humanitarian plight of refugees. It coincided with the time when I had recently given birth to my second child. I was deeply troubled by the intense contrast between my ability to provide for my baby, and others who desperately wanted to provide the same security for their children but were unable to do so. The narrative thread carried throughout the album evokes themes of disconnection, vulnerability and the underlying hope that persists in our darkest experiences. My instrument is the terrain in which I explore the gamut of emotional expression evoking shades of aggression, anger and tenderness, while incorporating elements of classical minimalism, jazz, electronica and Indian classical styles." - Anoushka Shankar
Personnel: Anoushka Shankar (sitar); Manu Delago (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Julian Hepple; James "Slim" Campbell .
Liner Note Author: Anoushka Shankar.
Recording information: Corzano e Paterno, tuscany (07/2015); Jeevan Music Studios, London (07/2015); Sear Studios, New York (07/2015); Snap Studios, London (07/2015); Corzano e Paterno, tuscany (09/2015); Jeevan Music Studios, London (09/2015); Sear Studios, New York (09/2015); Snap Studios, London (09/2015); Corzano e Paterno, tuscany (09/2015-10/2015); Jeevan Music Studios, London (09/2015-10/2015); Sear Studios, New York (09/2015-10/2015); Snap Studios, London (09/2015-10/2015); Corzano e Paterno, tuscany (10/2015); Jeevan Music Studios, London (10/2015); Sear Studios, New York (10/2015); Snap Studios, London (10/2015).
Photographer: Jamie-James Medina.
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