Laurie Scott

Sarode Music

Laurie Scott is an author and musician who studied the classical music of North India with the great master sarode player and musical genius from India, Ali Akbar Khan, for almost 25 years. 

Laurie Scott has recorded several albums and written a book entitled, "A Spiritual Journey to Now," that shares engaging and candid stories of her life and the valuable lessons she has learned that can greatly enhance the quality of our lives. She also serves others by sharing her music in environments where people are suffering, and brings peace and light to others through her music.

To learn more about the beautiful music she plays, her extraordinary teacher, and its unique lineage, please read below.


The Music

"In the same way we need food to eat, water to drink, and air to breathe, so do musicians find music necessary for life. Music is the food that nourishes our souls."


Laurie Scott's Teacher                                       

Laurie studied with the renown musician, Ali Akbar Khan, at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California between 1984 and 2009.

The Ali Akbar College of Music, established by Ali Akbar Khan, teaches classes in North Indian classical music and also holds wonderful concerts. It has a very uplifting atmosphere and is considered one of the most respected schools of its kind in the world.

Ali Akbar Khan's son and successor, Alam Khan - a great and brilliant musician in his own right - continues teaching his father's beautiful music at the college today. The college is also extremely fortunate to have a great teacher of percussion (tabla), Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, as its oldest and most respected teacher.


The Lineage                                                 

The musical lineage of Ali Akbar Khan extends from Mian Tansen, a very revered musician saint of India who lived in the 1500s. Mian Tansen was born a Hindu and 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. 


The Instrument

Laurie plays the gorgeous instrument, sarode, which she learned from her teacher, Ali Akbar Khan. Its Sanskrit name is "Sarode-Dhayak-Veena."


Laurie Scott

Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshvaraha Guru Sakshat, Parabrahma, Tasmai Shree Guruve Namaha

(Sanskrit Verses Honoring the Teacher)

Laurie says, “Ali Akbar Khan's music washed over us like a purifying river, cleansing our beings and lifting us into a higher state. His mere presence transformed us. He had very spiritual and healing energy.”


Samples of Laurie Scott's Music

This first piece is an "alap" by Laurie. An alap is improvised and played at the beginning of a performance without tabla (drums), to show the scale, beauty, and mood of the raga. The name of this raga is "Patdeep" and is played in the late afternoon or early evening.

This second piece is an original composition by Laurie, also in the raga of Patdeep. This composition is played in the rhythm of teental, a 16-beat rhythm.


These compositions can be found on Laurie Scott's first album, "Sarode Spirit" (featuring ragas Patdeep, Loom, and Sindhi Bhairavi), which was released in June of 2014.

Laurie composes all her own music and also 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 "Albums Available" button. A portion of each album sold will go to a charity that builds homes for the poor in India.

(Her music can also be heard on Youtube.)