Giovanni Mareggini: flute
Simone Beneventi: marimba e percussion
Abramo Lezzi / Stefano Grazia: indian tablas
Created: Festival Percussione Temporanea 2011
This project turns attention to a specific cross-section of recent musical history, one that has seen many composers embrace the philosophies and practices of Zen Buddhism and the Far East, first and foremost the musical tradition of India. With the significant anticipations of American West Coast composers such as John Cage and Lou Harrison, the process of “orientalisation” of Western music came strongly to the fore in the Sixties and Seventies and is, in its own way, responsible for the development of a world music that is still very prosperous and prolific.
However, this process has not been a one-way affair; while on the one hand Western composers rework musical materials of Eastern tradition, vice versa, the great Indian master Ravi Shankar turned his gaze to the West, becoming a successful ambassador of his own musical culture in the world. Shankar, who died in December 2012 at the age of 82, is the most well-known Indian composer and sitar player in the world, having also participated in the Woodstock Festival of 1969 and collaborated with The Beatles, flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal and violinist Yehudi Menuhin.