The Anubhava music festival is aimed at music lovers of all ages and cultures. With superstar musicians, as mentioned, coming together on a project directed by Grammy award-winner Shenkar, we hope to create a new brand of music.
‘Anubhava’ is the Sanskrit word for ‘experience’. All music aims to create an amazing experience. The experience of powerful music has the unique ability to raise the listener to higher levels of energy and consciousness, which improves all aspects of life including physical and mental wellbeing.
KWJ Music presents a first-of-its-kind music festival called Anubhava, bringing together some amazing musicians from Australia to perform and deliver Master Classes, headlined by Shenkar himself. Shenkar’s school of music, “Shiva Conservatory of Fine Arts”, will also be opened in Australia through KWJ Music during Anubhava, allowing musicians at any level to directly work with Shenkar or his elite network of amazing musicians. Some of Australia’s top musicians including John Butler Trio, Xavier Rudd will also be performing and teaching at Anubhava.
Proposed Date – March 2021
Proposed Locations – Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne
Lakshminarayana Shankar (born 26 April 1950), also known as L. Shankar and Shenkar, is an Indian-born American violinist, singer and composer. He has worked extensively in both traditional music from India, and in jazz, free improvisation and popular music, notably with singer Peter Gabriel in the latter.
As Dongre of Hinduism Today notes, “After obtaining a B.S. in Physics in India, Shankar came to the US in 1969, and earned a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.” His doctoral dissertation was titled “The Art of Violin Accompaniment in South Indian Classical Music”. He worked as a teaching assistant and concert master for the University Chamber Orchestra, and through Clifford Thornton, he met jazz musicians Ornette Coleman, Jimmy Garrison, and John McLaughlin.
Shankar and jazz musician McLaughlin would go on to found Shakti in 1975, with Zakir Hussain and Vikku Vinayakram, a “groundbreaking acoustic group,” which has been referred to as a “pioneering” and “highly influential” east-meets-west collaboration that has a “fluid sound” that manages to successfully combine seemingly incompatible traditions.
Shankar’s first solo album, Touch Me There, was produced by Frank Zappa in 1979. Shankar founded his own band, The Epidemics, in 1982, with the British composer, vocalist and keyboardist Caroline, which released three albums. His 1980 release, Who’s To Know, and Phil Collins’ solo debut, Face Value, introduced the unique sound of his own invention, the ten-string, stereophonic Double Violin. Designed by Shankar and built by noted guitar maker Ken Parker, it covers the entire range of the orchestra’s double bass, cello, viola and violin. next records.
Shankar co-produced a one-hour film directed by H. O. Nazareth in 1990, which went on to be nominated for Best Documentary film at the Cannes film festival. Shankar worked on the score for the film The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), composed by Peter Gabriel, with his music ending up on both albums of the score—Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ and Passion – Sources. He won a Grammy for his work on the latter in 1989.
1996 saw a Grammy nomination for the album Raga Aberi. Shankar has performed on several of Peter Gabriel’s records such as So and Us. Since 1996, Shankar has toured internationally with his niece, and fellow virtuoso violinist Gingger as “Shankar & Gingger”. As World Music Central notes, they have garnered critical acclaim and a growing fan base, performing at world events such as The Concert for Global Harmony and Nelson Mandela’s 80th birthday celebrations. Shankar & Gingger’s first release in the DVD-Audio format, ‘”One in a Million”, was released worldwide on August 7, 2001. After a successful tour of North America, the DVD went to number 1 on the Neilsen Soundscan DVD charts and stayed there for four weeks. In 2004, Gingger Shankar composed music with Shankar and John Debney, and performed on the score for the film The Passion of the Christ (2004).
Shankar has played with an extraordinary number of musical contemporaries, individuals and groups, including:
- John McLaughlin
- Phil Collins
- Frank Zappa
- Peter Gabriel
- Elton John
- Eric Clapton
- Bruce Springsteen
- Van Morrison
- Yoko Ono
- Talking Heads
- Lou Reed
- Marianne Faithfull
- The Pretenders
- Echo & the Bunnymen
- John Lydon
- Dave Stewart
- Steve Vai
- Tony Levin
Shankar has been praised for his ability to mix Eastern and Western influences, assimilating Carnatic music with pop, rock, jazz and contemporary world music. He admits: “Ultimately, I would like to bring the East and West together. That, I think, is my role.”
More recently, Shankar has used a new stage name, Shenkar, and has created recordings under this name. In 2006–2007, Shenkar provided the vocals for the opening credit music and other themes for all episodes of the hit TV series Heroes. Lately, he has been working with Jonathan Davis, Stephen Day, and Ana Maria Lombo on their next records.