by Shankar Tucker

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Travis Inspiring and exotic all around! Flourishing melody, rhythm and musical timbre set to a clear goal of the fusion of distinct genres to create something more then the sum of their parts. This is what I'm talking about! Definitely worth the effort from everyone involved to make this album possible. (Also, a very respectable series of play-through videos out so far) Favorite track: Dil Hai Namazi (The Heart’s Prayer) [feat. Vijay Prakash].
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Every morning at Conservatory, the student Orchestra would meet for 3 hours to rehearse. We would all show up 15 minutes early to warm up our instruments, during which time everybody would practice their orchestral excerpts. As I was surrounded by the sounds of Stravinksy’s “Firebird” and Beethoven’s 6th, I would try to run through “Piya ki Nazariya” in Raag Yaman, the Hindustani composition I was learning, and dream of India.

Even though I had never been to India, I had fallen in love with it. The depth and spirituality that I could feel through the music gripped me, and I knew that I absolutely had to go there.

After graduating and moving to the Gurukul of Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia in Mumbai, I would again go to class every morning for 3 hours...except this time I was repeating phrases of Alaap in Raag Bhairavi. And as I would listen to the sound of the flute drifting through the air, I would imagine the sounds of a Symphony accompanying my teacher. Now several years later, I travel back and forth from the US to India, recording musicians and giving concerts in both parts of the world. I guess you could say that I am searching for a home for this music...It doesn’t belong completely to India, or to the West.

What started as a search to find the musical thread connecting these very different cultures has developed into something else entirely. It’s as if that thread, the musical filament, has woven itself into a dream world, suspended between both places. It’s a world where you can get out at King’s Cross station, walk to Brooklyn, and then take an auto-rickshaw to Juhu beach. This is a world that I dearly wish would exist, and when you listen to this album, I want you to close your eyes and imagine that it does.


released July 28, 2015



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Shankar Tucker Mumbai, India

“While his mastery over the clarinet can’t be doubted… he magnificently blends the essence of jazz, pop, Indian classical to create seamless fusion. His YouTube music channel, The Shrutibox, features his fusion compositions and has garnered over two million hits… If you think nobody could have made Slumdog Millionaire’s soundtrack better than A.R.Rehman, think again.”
-Hindustan Times
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