Tuesday’s event at Café Theatre in Alliance Francaise, Sector 36, Chandigarh, would be a cross-geographical mix of artists, as Israel-born violinist and singer-songwriter Michael Greilsammer performs along with his band and a Kathmandu-based VJ, Mira, a visual performing artist.
As they talk about The Magical Violin Tour, Michael and his band members share some enchanting stories of their tour to India.
Michael, 31, and his band have previously performed internationally in Barbados and UK, and have touredextensively in France. Before coming to Chandigarh, they performed in Jaipur, Delhi and Kanpur.
Talking about the experience that left them surprised, they say they had thought that “Indian audiences might treat them like aliens,” but were relieved that the audiences were instead ‘active’. They share further about their first performance in the country. “We never really thought that the Indian audience would relate to our music. But we got great feedback. And so we too enjoy being here. It is not language that matters, but the chemistry of the band that makes the audience relate to it,” says Michael, who makes music blends with Irish, reggae, rock and trance.
They say they were also pleasantly surprised to see Indian-based bands doing well. “In Jaipur, we met few local bands. It’s very interesting to see rock and reggae evolving in India. These bands should surely come to Israel and perform. We are also making clips of this tour that we will be later uploading on YouTube,” says Michael.
Meanwhile, VJ Mira, who creates live visual art on large electronic screens, thereby creating colourful and exciting backdrops, is on a mission of peace in this tour.
“I have come up with special videos on peace and want to promote it. I have also come up with visuals related to peace and unity and would like people from all over the world to relate to it. I try and fit the visuals to music,” says she.