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Updated: December 21, 2020 10:11:34 pm

Valentine Shipley was 50. (Source: Valentine Shipley/Facebook)

“When this Covid gets over, I want to play at Madison Square Gardens,” stated Valentine Shipley on Sunday night (December 20), in a Facebook Live, the place he was in dialog with Lorraine Aloysius and Aubrey Aloysius, CEO and Creative Director respectively of Lorraine Music Academy. Nephew of the legendary guitarist Van Shipley, a multi-faceted musician, who spent a substantial period of time with famed bands Parikrama and Silk Route, died on Monday morning at his residence in Nagpur due to a sudden cardiac arrest. He was 50.

“What a beautiful soul, it’s unbelievable. Val and I go decades back — same school, same neighbourhood, same band,” stated Subir Malik, the lead keyboard participant with Parikrama, one in all India’s oldest rock bands within the nation. Their distinctive sound and authentic music had the nation in thrall of them. Shipley joined the band in its early levels because the rhythm guitarist and was with it from 1992 to ’94.

Born and raised in Delhi, Shipley grew up in a house the place music was important. His uncle Van Shipley remains to be credited as being the primary electrical guitarist within the nation. A big identify from filmmaker Raj Kapoor’s coveted crew of musicians, Van Shipley was additionally a violinist and performed and composed for a plethora of Hindi movies. His violin solos in Barsaat (1949) grew to become so well-known that a violin in Kapoor’s handcrafted it to the emblem of RK Films. He spoke fluent Urdu, was mates with Talat Mahmood and taught Valentine every part he knew concerning the guitar and remained his inspiration until the tip. In truth, it was Van’s live performance at Wembley Stadium that had goaded Valentine to play at one other prestigious venue — Madison Square Garden.

Valentine started his profession with Parikrama, however he left as a result of he wished to discover extra. A nomad at coronary heart, he appreciated completely different cultures and completely different genres. He quickly joined one other band with one other sound — Silk Route. Valentine went solo quickly after. He travelled all around the world and carried out his music.

“When I joined Parikrama, he was the rhythm guitar player. Since then we became good friends and played so many concerts together. We made so much music together because it was so easy to collaborate with him. And very recently we spoke about doing something together. He was so full of life and could adapt so many styles in his playing,” says his buddy and violinist Sharat Chandra Srivastava.

Van Shipley, Van Shipley passes away, Van Shipley demise, indianexpress, valentine shipley, guitarist Van Shipley Valentine Shipley with Parikrama in 1993. (Picture courtesy: Shakeel Qureshi)

His debut instrumental album titled Shararat (2006) grew to become the primary promoting album on the time in India within the instrumental class. A number of years later, he created Friends of Music, a platform for the promotion of authentic music and did a slew of gigs with many musicians in Delhi.

It was Valentine’s curiosity in different types of music that he introduced out an album with the title The Memorable Ghazals of Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh by Valentine Shipley (2005). He took probably the most well-known ghazals by the couple and carried out them on the guitar. But it was not simply ghazals on guitar, the improvisations that Valentine tried have been distinctive. Here was a rock musician who understood the world of ghazals so properly and was bringing a singular sensibility to how ghazal may very well be interpreted. “Val knew over 5000 songs and had the unique ability to hold an audience… by just singing and playing his guitar,” wrote Indian Ocean frontman Rahul Ram on his Facebook.

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