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Double Violin

Gingger and her double-violin

The sensationalist-erotic film Circumstance by Maryam Keshavarz has come out with a hidden merit, the soundtrack. Mostly composed by Ravi Shankar’s granddaughter (Ravi had children from several women, we don’t know which one Gingger is daughter of but they’re all stunning and talented) Gingger Shankar has collaborated on the score with Andy, Sussan Deyhim, Leila Forouhar, pop singer Shahrum Kashani and Zedbazi  – who we’ve played on Six Pillars before.

Gingger is also a double violinist, as you can see from the picture and was co-composer of Mel Gibson’s 2004 film score for The Passion Of The Christ. She’s the only girl in the world to have mastered the 10-string Double Violin (because only two currently exist). It’s an instrument that covers the entire range of an orchestra’s double bass, cello, viola and violin and Gingger couples this tidy little portable string section with her voice. The press release states: “This is an eclectic soundtrack that will dive the listeners into the world of Teheran’s musical underground” but aside from these posturing, hackneyed statements, there’s definitely strong artistic merit in the music itself. The film has also received varied but mostly good reviews, the biggest gripe being the common one – do we need to see lesbian erotica in order to follow the story and feel for the main characters, or is it a marketing sell out, thereby betraying the very cause it claims to support? You decide. Meanwhile preview the soundtrack HERE get tickets for her London date, July 16th HERE