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STOP PRESS = STOP PRESS = STOP PRESS: Update on Concert - Anoushka Shankar's Traveller

From: Sheila C
Sent on: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 10:13 PM

I've updated this Meetup. To RSVP go to: http://www.meetup.com/Asianbookclub/events/101716792/

When: Saturday, April 13,[masked]:45 PM

Where: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

Price: GBP15.00 per person

Sold Out! - except for 8 wheelchair spaces.

I bought the last 6 tickets at £15, so as we have 4 people who've already signed up - there are just 2 tickets left if anyone wants to RSVP yes for them.  Unfortunately I couldn't get a discount because I had to buy the last six £15 tickets online when I suddenly realised at 5 a.m. today that they were almost gone.  I thought checking daily would be enough - but apparently not - the last 130 tickets went REALLY fast.  To get discounts you have to phone the box office which opened at 10 a.m. by which time I'm sure the £15 tickets would have gone, if not all the tickets.  Also because I was getting the last few tickets, the seats aren't all together, but they are close together.  Aaaanyway you can't actually talk during the music - so we'll meet for coffee beforehand at 6:45 (if you want), the concert starts at 7:30, includes an interval and probably finishes at 9:00-9:30 - so we can go for a quick bite afterwards to get our social time in!

Here's the blurb from the Southbank listing:

Following her 2011 sold out concert, Anoushka Shankar returns to Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank as part of the Alchemy South Asian arts festival.  (I've seen her a few times and she is really good and I saw her performing from this same album - beautiful stuff.....)

The only artist in the world to be trained completely by her father, Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar is carrying forward his legacy while carving out for herself a much-acclaimed solo career.

Having accompanied Ravi Shankar at many concerts from the age of just 13, she has also shared the stage with many of the world's top artists, including Sting, Madonna, Nina Simone, Herbie Hancock, Elton John, Peter Gabriel and James Taylor.

Her latest album 'Traveller' traces the roots of Flamenco music back to Rajasthani gypsies, earning her Songlines Magazine's Best Artist Award (2012) and a nomination for a Grammy Award in the Best World Music Album category.

This performance of 'Traveller' features a special group of Rajasthani dancers accompanying the music.

'Blending ragas with the intense rhythms of Andalusia, Shankar carves passages of rare beauty.' Sunday Times

'It goes without saying that Anoushka Shankar is a virtuoso sitar player.' Guardian

'Expect to be thoroughly intoxicated.' Time Out New York

'Boldly passionate flamenco notes with soul stirring Indian instrumentals add up to a deeply satisfying musical journey.' The Times of India

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