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A world of fusion music on one stage

art-and-culture Updated: Oct 29, 2010 23:54 IST
Jairaj Singh
Jairaj Singh
Hindustan Times
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Tomorrow, six global musicians — heavyweights of gamut genres — perform what some of us uncomfortably call fusion.

Expect to hear sitar by Nishat Khan, percussions by Trilok Gurtu, guitar by Larry Coryell, violin by Lili Haydn, keyboards by Frank Martin and base guitar by Itai Disraeli — all rolled into one show by musicians who have got together recently for a five city tour — Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai — and will now be in New Delhi for their final show.

The concept of the show is not new — well, not as ol' as good jovial jugalbandi goes — but the second of its kinds Seagram's 100 Pipers Melange that took place earlier this year, and saw the likes of Tim Ries, Karsh Kale and Ustaad Shujaat Khan share the stage.

This time, it's Sitar maestro Nishat Khan who has collected his friends of music to, what he calls, "bringing the best of west that I have experienced to east".

So what can one expect?

"It's not like we will be jamming," says Khan, having just landed in Mumbai from Kolkata. "There's a lot of thought process that's gone into conceptualisation. We got to practice a little and will be playing compositions. You will get to hear an assortment of rich sounds, be it, pop, jazz, hindustani classical and more."

Khan doesn't like the sound of fusion either (one can tell from his voice) but says it's best to call Melange, world music, which according to Wikipedia, is played by indigenous musicians and is closely related to the music of the regions of their origin. It's worth a listen.