NEM#166: L. Shankar’s World of Violin and Voice

Shankar played with John McLaughlin in Shakti in the mid-70s and has released over 25 solo albums while backing A-list artists including Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Frank Zappa, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Metallica, Korn, and more.

We discuss “Can’t Wait” (feat. Jonathan Davis) from Chepleeri Dream (2020), “Back Again” from M.R.C.S. (1991), and “Darlene” from Touch Me There (1979), plus we introduce “Savior” from Christmas from India. Intro: “Psychic Elephant” from Vision(1983). For more, see

Watch Shankar’s recent solo take on “Darlene.” Watch a recent video for “In My Heart” (also feat. Jonathan Davis). Here he is live with that early ’80s jazz band and live with Shakti. Here he is playing improvised Indian classical music and in a live duet with drums. Here’s his late ’80s pop band, The Epidemics, and his 00’s adult contemporary project Shankar & Gingger (feat. Phil Collins singing with them). Here’s the track from Peter Gabriel’s Passion that he got a writing credit on. You can hear him live jamming with Zappa.

Interview editing by Tyler Hislop of Pixelbox Media.

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