Nearly 6 months ago, I reached out to reconnect with my friends and music supporters. It had been years. I explained that motherhood had taken me on an internal journey, as it typically does. Even then, while quietly focusing on family, it seemed I was also quietly evolving and growing. The music as much as me.
In response to my email, a good friend named Gunjan relayed to me her own journey of the arts and creativity to where she wanted to being hosting house concerts in her own home. With such warmth and generosity, she invited me and my sarode teacher, David Trasoff (my sarode teacher of 12 years), to perform. I was blessed to be accompanied by Kabir Jhita, a fantastically talented and gracious tabla player. We did a simple live recording of the two pieces I performed sarode in Misra Jhinjhoti. Listening link below the pic. I hope you enjoy listening.
After we finished and David performed his pieces, Samiyah and I stole a few moments to sing a few songs. My baby’s debut performance and we sang Jiya Dhadak Dhadak (originally sang by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan) together. Our little lullaby. Obviously, she stole the show! Video coming soon of our ditty…
During this phase in my life’s journey, I’m finding tremendous comfort in classical music. There is something very grounding when immersed in ragas that are hundreds of years old. That is the trick about being pregnant for the first time – trying to stay grounded in something that is so new and so foreign. For me, tucking my baby behind my sarod is one of the most soothing, calming acts of my pregnancy. She seems to like it too. It is the only time when she is absolutely still for an extended period. No kicking…no turning…no hiccups in Mama’s belly.
On Saturday, April 28, I had the privilege of playing Raga Kafi with Meena Makhijani on tabla at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. A few photos from the event. We made a bootleg recording….I’ll test it out and share some of it with all of you. This is officially my baby’s first performance – in utero!
After taking nearly a year off since my last gig because of studio time, I can’t take it any longer! Jesse and I continue to work on the new album, but I miss performing for all of you. I will be part of the Bohemian Shindig @ Cinespace. Please save the date!!!
See you soon and don’t forget to tell them you’re there to see “Shaheen”!
Harpal and I finally made our way to Seattle last weekend. We had a chance to visit Natasha, my dear friend and publicist, and a bunch of our old friends from my time in San Francisco. It was heart-warming to be with all of them. They have been there from the beginning of my musical journey, from the days I started as weekly regular at the Lush Lounge in San Fran. Very healing. Very sweet.
We started our weekend catching up in Natasha’s condo and on Saturday, we made our way to Solomani’s before dinner. A guitar magically appeared – courtesy of Munira. What soon followed was an impromptu performance of Wildflower World. Hope you enjoy.
p.s. The update on the third album…we’re having production meeting #2 on Sunday, November 2. Me, Michael and Jesse. I still need to decide what this album will be about…Journaling abounds.
I’m getting more and more excited for my upcoming trip to London. I leave in about a month…on July 12! Chips and pubs. Friends and funny British humour. And of course, music, music and more music. They have an incredible scene out there.
Today, I received the official flyer from The Bedford, where I’ll be performing an acoustic set.
It’s been nearly 2 years since I picked up my guitar. Well, actually, I take that back. I picked up my lovely old friend on Friday for the first time in nearly two years. I want to write new songs for this set. Definitely a little rusty. I tell you what…I will take a little video of some of the new songs so you can see/hear what I’m up to acoustically these days. Promise to post that in the next day or so. Hope you’re having a lovely Monday!