5 times GRAMMY nominated Anoushka Shankar returns with her 4th album on Deutsche Grammophon
Land of Gold is Anoushka Shankar’s fervent response to the humanitarian trauma of displaced people fleeing conflict and poverty. The virtuoso sitar player explores an expressive range, conveying an evocative journey infused with a message of enduring hope. With exquisite arrangements blending genres and musical collaborations, Land of Gold is a narrative communicated with conviction and poetic beauty.
Produced by Anoushka and her husband Joe Wright, whose film-making sensibilities helped to shape and add depth to the mood and energy of the album. Notable electronic producer Matt Robertson (who is a long-term collaborator of Björk) added cinematic soundscapes and textures, enhancing the initial compositions
Anoushka worked with a core-team of gifted musicians: At its base the album is designed as a trio of Anoushka, the famous Hang Drum player Manu Delago who performs on and co-wrote many of the pieces, and Sanjeev Shankar who was a student of her father Ravi Shankar, playing the Shehnai, a beautiful reed instrument from India
Top notch female guest artists lend their voices to the album: M.I.A. with the Song “Jump In (Cross the Line)”, the wonderful singer Alev Lenz on “Land of Gold” and the actress and activist Vanessa Redgrave on “Remain the Sea” (reading a poem by Pavana Reddy).
Not only do they add different musical styles and voices of different generations but all of them represent strong women known for using their voices for equality and against injustice. The last song “Reunion” features a girl’s children choir “Girls for Equality”. The music is mainly based on western harmonics, features great electronic programming, string arrangements, hip hop elements, beautiful songwriting and virtuoso sitar performances embedded in exciting contemporary arrangements