Anoushka Shankar: Traces of You, Special guest DJ Warp - 11/12
at City Winery Chicago
About Anoushka Shankar
Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is one of the leading figures in World Music today. She is deeply rooted in the Indian classical music she studied exclusively from the age of nine under her father and guru, the legendary Ravi Shankar. 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 thrice-nominated for a Grammy® award and was the youngest, and first female, recipient of a House of Commons Shield from the British House of Parliament in 1999. As a classical sitarist Anoushka Shankar debuted professionally at the age of thirteen and has performed in prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall (over a dozen times), and championed her father’s orchestral works with the world’s leading orchestras under conductors such as Zubin Mehta. Before turning twenty, she made three classical sitar records for Angel/EMI under the guidance of her father, and received her first Grammy nomination, thereby becoming the first Indian female and youngest-ever nominee in the World Music category.
In 2011 Anoushka signed to the prestigious classical music label Deutsche Grammophon, and released her sixth album, Traveller, a critically-hailed exploration of Indian classical music and Spanish flamenco. This was the third in a series of breakthrough experimental albums from Anoushka, following 2005’s self-produced and Grammy-nominated Rise, and 2007’s Breathing Under Water, a collaborative venture between Anoushka and multi-instrumentalist and composer Karsh Kale. In support of Traveller, Anoushka created an ensemble of Flamenco and Indian musicians and went on tour, doing over ninety concerts presenting this new music across multiple continents. Traveller earned her a third Grammy® nomination and also a Songlines Best Artist award.
Now, in 2013, Anoushka releases Traces of You, having enlisted the help of multi-award winning musician Nitin Sawhney to produce her music. As good friends they worked closely together, coaxing out some of the most intimate and daring music Anoushka has yet released. The music exists in an undefinable space between genres, always with the Indian music Anoushka loves so dearly at its root. Traces of You features Anoushka’s half-sister Norah Jones as the sole vocalist on several songs and showcases Anoushka’s ever-increasing versatility and lyricism on the sitar.
Over the years Anoushka has maintained creative careers outside of music: in 2002 she authored the book Bapi: The Love of My Life, a biographical portrait of her father, and has served as regular columnist for New Delhi’s First City magazine and the Hindustan Times. She also earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination from India’s National Film Awards for her role in Dance Like a Man in 2004.
Today, from her home in London, where she lives with her husband and son, Anoushka’s career reflects her aim to constantly learn and grow as an artist. As Nitin Sawhney wrote, “no one embodies the spirit of innovation and experimentation more evidently than Anoushka Shankar.”
DJ Warp (Brian Keigher) has become a staple international and electronic music DJ playing at various clubs, venues, festival and events throughout the Midwest and US. With a unique ear for turning listener onto the latest in cutting edge dance music and various styles of international music, DJ Warp has been lucky to share the bill and support some of the world's top touring talents of many styles including; Manu Chao, Baaba Maal, Konono No.1, Art Of Noise, Four Tet, Femi Kuti & Positive Force, Bebel Gilberto, Talvin Singh, Prefuse 73, Amadou & Mariam, Cheb I Sabbah, Vieux Farka Toure, Khaled, Etran Finatawa, Seum Kuti and Egypt 80, Red Baraat, Watcha Clan, Mark Farina, Chicago Symphony Orchestra members, Biz Markie and Bassnectar just to name a handful. He has performed at Old Town School of Folk's Folk & Roots Fest, World Music Festival: Chicago, Love Fest San Francisco, Noisepop Chicago, and was recently the special guest DJ for the 2012 globalFEST afterparty at Joe's Pub in New York City. Brian looks to use DJing as another form of musical expression in an effort to continue his life mission of turning people onto damn good music.