Laurie Scott

Sarode Music

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

Laurie has recorded several albums and written a book entitled "A Spiritual Journey to Now" that shares stories of her life and the spiritual lessons she has learned.

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


                                                       The Music

"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."


                                                    The Master

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.


                                                   The Lineage

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. 


                                                 The Instrument

                     Its Sanskirt name is "Sarode-Dhayak-Veena"


                                                   Laurie Scott

              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.”



Samples of Sarode Music

This first piece is an "alap" improvised by Laurie Scott. An alap is 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 usually played in the late afternoon or early evening.

This second piece is an original composition by Laurie Scott, 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 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.

Album Page