Jugalbandi means “tied together”. The term has deep roots in Indian classical music and generally refers to a “call and response” type pattern in which two musicians literally go at it in an improvisational frenzy. The magic that happens in a jugalbandi is a lot like the collective improvisation that occurs in jazz.
In jugalbandhi, both musicians act as lead players, and a playful competition often ensues between the two performers.[Wikipedia]
I love jazz. And Indian classical music. And especially a fusion of the two. Enjoy this spectacular performance by some of my all-time favorite musicians – John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain.
John McLaughlin: Guitar
Zakir Hussain: Tabla
V Selvaganesh: Percussion
U Shrinivas: Mandolin
I know – you were looking for a tea angle on all of this. As if that amazing music wasn’t enough for you.
Well, I don’t want you to leave disappointed. So….
Here’s a “tea” interpretation from an Indian TV commercial featuring Assam and Darjeeling tea. No, I’m not getting paid for this (I wish I was) ! I thought it was a neat commercial. My mom is also a big fan of blending Assam and Darjeeling together – she says the Assam gives the tea strength and the Darjeeling gives it flavor.
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