French musicians Serge Lopez ( international flamenco player) and Nathalie Marin (international orchestra conductor) were invited by Alliance Francaise, Chandigarh to perform in the city on Tuesday.
Serge, who grew up In Toulouse (Southern France), plays rock guitar. After learning guitar in Spain, he moved back to France and started playing music with various French artists and also performed on his own compositions. “There were no proper guitar courses and learning guitar would be very informal,” says Lopez. He has an experience of over 30 years of playing Jazz and classical flamenco. He has performed in Canada, USA, Germany, Belgium, Croatia and even with the Indian singer Ravi Prasad.
At 10 years of age, Nathalie joined the Conservatory of Music. After a gap of another 10 years, she joined the Danish Royal Academy and completed her masters in conducting. She has conducted at the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador, Mendoza Philharmonic Orchestra in Argentina, and at many other hubs in Germany, Italy, Chile, Cuba, Austria, Albania, China, and of course France.
Both have a special fascination for Indian music. “It would be a dream come true if I get to work with Indian classical players. I really hope to discover Indian classical music and try to make some fusion out of it,” says Nathalie.
When asked how they combine the different genres-Jazz and classical, Nathalie replies, “Fusion is very difficult. We try to find the best way to organise the music. It’s surprising though that there are some amazing pieces one must listen to.”