The Wild West
Taos evokes magic, mystery, art, multiculturalism and majesty. Home to the Tiwa-speaking Red Willow people of Taos Pueblo for more than a thousand years, home to Spanish settlers from 1600 and “Anglos” (which means everyone not Native American or Spanish) since shortly after the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, Taos offers not only breathtaking scenery, refreshing air and light and the magnificent smells of adobe earth, pinion and sagebrush, but also the social problems and triumphant collaborations that come from three distinct cultures living together in what is still in many ways the Wild West.
This is Yarlung’s third recording in the Imhof Studio in Taos, which was built just south of the Taos Pueblo and looks north to Taos Mountain. Sitar player Paul Livingstone and cellist Pete Jacobson visited Taos to make their debut Yarlung recording titled Sangam in 2021.
Livingstone and Jacobson take inspiration from the Hindustani musical tradition and from Paul’s teacher and mentor Ravi Shankar who collaborated so eloquently with Yehudi Menuhin on violin and helped to popularize Hindustani music in the West. Pete and Paul also draw inspiration from American jazz improvisation. “Sangam,” in Hindi, means many things, including “confluence,” or the blending of two people, ideas or traditions into something fresh and new. Paul and Pete chose “Sangam” to be the name of their duo.
Recorded using an AKG C24 microphone, pre-amplification by Elliot Midwood. Merging Technologies HAPI as AD with Pyramix software recording DSD 256 to capture this music in a rich two-channel and surround sound immersive environment.
For more info about Paul & Pete visit www.paulzlivingstone.com and www.peteplayscello.com
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Paul Livingstone, Sitar
Pete Jacobson, Cello
TracklistPlease note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Total time: 01:19:30
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|Release Date||June 6, 2023|
I last heard Paul Livingstone, sitar, and Pete Jacobson, cello, in the Yarlung release of Sangram (Confluence: Music from Inside the Heart of Raga). This new outing by the duo builds upon what I so much enjoyed in that earlier album—it’s a pleasure to welcome them once again to my listening room. The performances are a blending of traditional raga and improvisations incorporating western music elements. The combination of sitar and cello really work well for me. When Ann listened, she said simply, “Oh, I really like this.”
As with Sangram, this is a Pure DSD256 recording with a single stereo microphone. Its as pure as pure gets. Just the musicians, their instruments, and us as listeners. Highly recommended.
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