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Delhi’s date with Flamenco

Acoustic Flamenco guitarists, Jorge Strunz from Costa Rica and Ardeshir Farah from Iran, are set to play in Delhi for the first time.

music Updated: Dec 01, 2012 01:19 IST
Chetna Dua

Acoustic Flamenco guitarists, Jorge Strunz from Costa Rica and Ardeshir Farah from Iran, are set to play in Delhi for the first time. Winners of World Billboard Music Awards in 1991 and nominated for Best World Music Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 1992, the band Strunz & Farah, is known for their innovations with the acoustic guitar. Their USP lies in their fusion of Latin American and Middle Eastern music. The duo talks about their performance in the city, their music and more.

How did you both come together?
Through a meeting by mutual friends in 1979.

What’s your key genre?

We specialise in World Fusion Guitar Music. The focus is on acoustic guitar and ethno jazz with influences from Afro-Caribbean, Latin American folk, Flamenco and Middle Eastern music.

Do you have an Indian connection?
Our first album Mosiaco (1982) featured south Indian violinist, Dr L Subramaniam, who also played with us in our 2001 album, Stringweave. We also jammed with another well-known Indian sarod player, Aashish Khan, for our 1985 release, Guitarras.

Is this the first time you are playing in Delhi?
Yes, and we are very excited about it.

What should fans expect from your Delhi performance?
Hit songs from our 18 albums, including the latest one, Journey Around the Sun.

Your most memorable moment as a band till now?
The 1995 Montreal International Jazz Festival where we played for 85,000 people was a high. Playing for President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore at the Hispanic Caucus in 1997 is another moment we cherish. What do people remember most about your gigs? The guitar interplay with varied cultural influences — which is essential to our music.

Who, according to you, has been the inspiring artist for the band?

Paco de Lucia, Ravi Shankar and Jimmy Hendrix have been our major inspirations.

What do you think of the music scene in Delhi?
We love Indian music and want to learn more about musical improvisations when here.

Any particular place you want to visit when in the city?
India Gate and Red Fort are on the top of our must-visit places list.

Catch it live
What: Acoustic Flamenco by Strunz & Farah
When: December 5, 7pm onwards
Tickets: Rs 500 onwards, available at the venue
Where: Siri Fort Auditorium, Asiad Village, August Kranti Marg
Nearestmetrostation: Green Park on the Yellow Line