Q&A WITH ANOUSHKA SHANKAR
Anoushka Shankar, musician, on playing, listening and dancing
Q:Are you doing anything new for your ‘Land of Gold’ show?
A:More technological responsibility. I have a full pedal set-up, like a guitarist. I retrained to play sitting with my feet down rather than cross-legged.
Q:How does that affect your performance?
A:I can make live loops of my own playing and create myriad sound effects. It really broadens my way of thinking when I play, as it makes my instrument’s capabilities less linear and more immersive. I love it.
Q:Top three albums of 2016?
A:These weren’t all released in 2016, but: Ibeyi’s debut album; ‘Carrie and Lowel’ by Sufjan Stevens; and the incredible EP collaboration between Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds.
Q:Does dancing to Goa trance still have a place in your life?
A:Yes! I found my spirit on the dance floor of trance festivals when growing up. It’s so much about dancing freely in response to music.
Q:A typical day at home in London with your husband (Joe Wright)?
A:In winter, I love to stay in, watching movies and cooking. In the summer, we love having people over or getting out to one of the parks.