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Music: November 2013 Archives

Errol's Pick

Anoushka Shankar was working on her seventh album last year when her father, the legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar, died. She decided to dedicate the disc, titled "Traces of You", to him and our music columnist Errol Nazareth reviewed it on the show this morning. I've seen her play many times and I can attest to the fact that she can leave you slack-jawed with her virtuosic sitar playing. And like her dad, she's unafraid to experiment and is well on her way to taking the sitar to a new level of accessibility through her spirited fusions. Nitin Sawhney, one of the shining lights of Britain's electronic music scene, produced "Traces of You". In an interview, he said "No one embodies the spirit of innovation and experimentation more evidently than Anoushka Shankar". "Traces of You" is an intimate, dreamy record and features Anoushka's half-sister Norah Jones singing and playing piano on 3 tracks. They are the highlights of the disc. You can see Shankar when she plays Koerner Hall Saturday at 8 p.m.

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Errol's Pick

If you have a toddler, you can probably attest to the fact that it can often be challenging to find good bedtime music that appeals to both you and your little one. Our music columnist Errol Nazareth says two storybook-music sets, "Songs from a Journey with a Parrot: Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes from Brazil and Portugal", might make the bedtime ritual more fun. The first is a collection of nursery rhymes and lullabies from Brazil and Portugal, and many of the 30 songs incorporate games. "A Gift For Sophie" is a heart warming tale about childhood friendship and mentorship, and the accompanying CD features the narrated story as well as nine songs. The illustrations in both books are gorgeous and the music will appeal to parents and their little ones. These storybook-CD's are published by The Secret Mountain External Site, an award-winning company based in Montreal.

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