Laurie Scott is an author and musician who studied the classical music of North India with the master sarode player and musical genius, Ali Akbar Khan, for almost 25 years.
To learn more about the music, her teacher Ali Akbar Khan, the lineage, the sarode, and Laurie Scott, please read below.
"In the same way we need air to breathe and water to drink, musicians find music necessary to exist. Music is the food that feeds their souls."
Ali Akbar Khan's son, Alam Khan -- a great and brilliant musician in his own right -- continues his father's teachings today at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California.
The college also has an extraordinary tabla player and teacher of percussion, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri (called "Swapan Da"), who is the school's most senior and revered teacher.
Mian (or Miyan) Tansen, born a Hindu, had both a Hindu Guru (Hari Das), and later, a Sufi Guru (Muhammad Ghaus). He was also part of King Akbar's court, a Muslim, for over 20 years.
Its Sanskirt name is "Sarode-Dhayak-Veena"
Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshvaraha,
Guru Sakshat, Parabrahma, Tasmai Shree Guruve Namaha
(Sanskirt Verses Honoring the Guru)
Laurie says, “Ali Akbar Khan's music washed over us like a purifying river, cleansing us, and lifting us into a higher state. His mere presence was also beneficial. He had beautiful and healing energy.”
These compositions can be found on Laurie Scott's first album, "Sarode Spirit" (with ragas Patdeep, Loom, and Sindhi Bhairavi), which was released in June of 2014.
Laurie composes all her own music and has since recorded three more albums:
-- River of Ragas (ragas Kafi, Shankara, and Mian Ki Malhar)
-- Gentle Ragas (ragas Bageshree, Durga, and Jog)
-- Indigo Sarode (ragas Dhani, Jhinjhoti, and Chandramukhi).
To hear more samples, or to acquire her music, please click on the 'Album Page' button below. A portion of each album sold will go to a charity that builds homes for the poor in India.