July 28, 2020

Amjad Ali Khan and Abhijit Banerjee live in Ottawa, Canada on July 6, 1990

For this post we are able to experience music which was performed almost exactly 30 years ago in the capital city of Canada, by sarodist Amjad Ali Khan and tabla maestro Abhijit Banerjee in front of an appreciative audience.

Fortunately, the person providing the live sound that night was able to capture this performance onto audio cassette tape and share it with others in 2005 on the file sharing site named "Dimeadozen" which allows only previously unreleased live recordings.

The original information file (very lightly edited for clarity) accompanying the reposting of the show in 2016 is as follows:

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan - sarod
Abhijit Banerjee - tabla
July 6, 1990
Southam Hall, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
soundboard master cassette, unknown taper
2005 transfer and seed by (unknown)

June 2016 reseed by zootype:
volume adjustments and repairs

111:21 minutes

disc 1  59:15 minutes
01 Raga Bihag: Alap 27:03
02 Raga Bihag: Gat 32:10

disc 2  52:06 minutes
03 Raga Piloo: Alap 7:47
04 Raga Kirwani: Gat 22:53
05 Raga Khamaj 21:26 

original uploader's 2005 notes: 


Ustad Amjad Ali Khan comes from a long line of master musicians in India. He plays the fretless lute, the sarod. He is considered to be one of the top sarod players in India, along with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta.

Tabla accompaniment is provided by Abhijit Banerjee, 
a disciple of the great Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh
Jnan Ghosh has trained some of India's top tabla players, 

Amjad was in a good mood that day and in top form. He seemed to have a lot of tuning problems though and I have cut out the fairly extensive tuning segments. 

The Bihag Gat starts and almost immediately there was a tape flip and at the same time they started tuning again so it worked out. I just faded it in as they are tuning and they launch immediately into the gat. This is the complete show.

Technical Notes: 
I worked the sound for this show and this recording is produced from my master cassette recorded off of the (mono) soundboard. 

The level was set a little low so it's a bit hissy in quieter parts but excellent quality and performance. (I prefer lower levels and some hiss to distortion anyway.) 

Fine Print: 
You may distribute in lossless format only. 
You may not sell it under any circumstances 
but may trade (or give it away) freely.

SBD->master cassette->Audiophile 2496->Sound Forge->Flac8-> 2005 seed

volume adjustments [to correct clipping] 
and a few repairs [clicks] made,
no EQ or other processing applied;
new FLAC-8 files and checksum files created and this info file revised;
original info file included.

Thanks again to the taper and original seeder for this recording.

a zootype reseed June 2016
new ffp: 

In respect to the original's taper's wishes, I am not distributing this in lossy formats such as mp3. When such files are then converted to FLAC or WAV, there is a degradation in sound quality which can not be repaired.

This file can be burned to a CD and not lose any sound quality