2000 Beirut, Lebanon, Atlantis Scrapbook
Arriving at Atlantis
A Guitar-Sitar Jugalbandi Concert by Ustad Habib Khan (sitar) and Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar) with Ben Mawhorter (tabla). Tuesday, August 15 through Thursday, August 17, 2000.
Sound check for the first night at the Atlantis club is a surreal experience. Does this place really exist? In Beirut, Lebanon? And they want an Indian music concert in a club? Is this really happening?
Piranha Tank Raises from the Dance Floor
Men's Room Submarine
Aquariums in the Washroom
Starbucks? Where's the Lebanese Coffee?
After coffee, the concert is started with a Raag Yemen ugalbandi with Ustad Habib Khan and Matthew Montfort in tintal, and after the concert, the audience gave a standing ovation. Many said,
"guitar and sitar go so well together in Indian classical music! We've never heard anything like this before." Ustad Habib Khan was so happy he said,
"Matthew Montfort is an American Ravi Shankar on guitar."
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