The title track from Anoushka Shankar’s upcoming Traces of You now has a gorgeous video, co-starring her half-sister Norah Jones. The pair are the daughters of the late Ravi Shankar, under whom Anoushka learned the sitar. Norah’s relationship with Ravi was much more distant and complicated, but the girls have grown close as sisters over the last decade and formed an incredibly loving relationship.
Anoushka and Norah collaborate on this beautiful song that is sure to net the ladies plenty of accolades. Check out the video below, as well as more information on Anoushka’s album and tour dates.
Anoushka Shankar’s seventh album, Traces of You is set for release October 22, 2013 on Deutsche Grammophon. Visually stunning, the clip was directed by Shankar’s husband, acclaimed filmmaker Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, Anna Karenina), and stars her half-sister Norah Jones, who also guests on three Traces Of You album tracks. You can watch and share the video courtesy of VEVO HERE.
Shankar’s new album marks a significant step along her pathway as a musician and woman. The musical exploration on Traces of You was inspired by the idea that everything in the universe leaves an indelible mark, or a subtle “trace,” on everything else it comes into contact with.
Having lost her legendary father, Ravi Shankar, during the recording process, it was inevitable that her loss became the central focus of the song writing. However, the record is ultimately hopeful rather than mournful; a juxtaposition of the sorrow surrounding the loss of her father alongside the joy of raising her young son, Zubin.Traces of You was conceived as a unified concept and an unending circle, from the first track to the last.
“I approached the album as a whole,” she explains, “as opposed to a series of songs. A lot of it happened unconsciously. Life took a journey of its own and the music followed that form. The sitar leads the listener through the album like a narrator.”
Shankar is one of the leading figures in World Music today. In her twenties, after establishing herself as one of the foremost classical sitarists on the world’s stage, she began thriving as a composer, exploring fertile ground in the crossover between Indian music and a variety of genres including flamenco, jazz, electronica and Western classical music.
Among various accolades she has been nominated for three Grammy® Awards, making her the first Indian female and youngest-ever nominee in the World Music category. As a classical sitarist she debuted professionally at the age of thirteen and has performed in prestigious venues such as Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall (over a dozen times), and championed her father’s orchestral works with the world’s leading orchestras. In 2011 Anoushka signed to the prestigious classical music label Deutsche Grammophon, and released her sixth album, the Grammy-nominated Traveller. The Grammy-award winning sitar player and composer will be embarking on a U.S. tour kicking off November 7th in Birmingham, AL (dates below).
11/7 – Birmingham, AL – Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center
11/8 – Sewanee, TN – The University of the South
11/11 – Grinnell, IA – Grinnell College
11/12 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
11/13 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
11/14 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
11/15 – Washington DC – Lisner Auditorium
11/16 – New York, NY – NYU Skirball
11/17 – Hillside, NJ – Kean University
11/21 – Burlington, VT – Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
11/22 – Cranston, RI – Rhode Island Center for Performing Arts