Porter and Franc Menusan first met in New York in 1977, when Larry
returned from his journey through Central Asia and India. This recording
grew out of work they did together over a period of several years
in the late 90s, including a steady weekend gig at A Taste Of India
restaurant on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village. During this
time, they built up an extensive repertoire of Afghan and Indian
songs, a cross-section of which is represented on this CD.
MENUSAN is a multi-talented artist who has not only mastered many
North Indian and Central Asian instruments, but is also well known
for his work in Native American music, education, and story-telling.
He spent many years studying vocal music, percussion, and various
stringed instruments of India. His principal teachers were V.G.
Srimati - vocal, K. Paramjyoti - tabla, and Vasant Rai - sitar.
While best known for his astounding sitar playing, Franc also plays
rudra vina, surbahar, dilruba, rebab, tanbur, tabla, and dhol. Since
the mid-70s, he has played an important role in the World Music
scene in New York City. He recorded his own double album, The
Divine Sound of the Rudra Vina, and can be heard on many CD
recordings including Powaqqatsi by Philip Glass, Absolute
World with various artists, Cooler Heads Prevail by Akira
Satake, and Cronologia by Peter Scherer. Franc, who is of
Creek-French Metis heritage, also appears as an actor in the film
Ghost Dance by Eric Stannard about a Native American who
lives in New York City.