The last time Australian singer-songwriter Aurora Jane came to India was in 2009. During that trip she ended up in a jam session with nearly every artiste in Mumbai and New Delhi. Now, in 2011, Jane is back to promote her new album, Deep End, parts of which have been recorded in Mumbai’s Blue Frog Studios.
“I made some really good friends in India. While we were jamming on my last trip, I ended up recording some tracks at Blue Frog with Dhruv (film music composer and co-owner of Blue Frog Dhruv Ghanekar) on guitar, Vivek Rajagopalan on mridangam and AJ (Arjun Sen) from HFT, also on guitar. That’s when I started work on Deep End,” says Jane.
Ghanekar’s ripped the guitar for Happy… and AJ has played on Home… The ten-track album also includes collaborations that have been recorded in Canada and her hometown Melbourne.
A self-confessed gypsy at heart, Jane travels the world round the year. She says her music reflects the distances she covers. It spans diverse genres, but resides most comfortably in a funky, folk groove.
Like on her last visit, where she played with AJ on stage, this time round too one can expect a few impromptu performances. “The album is a jam compilation. It only makes sense to play with different folk. Musicians in India are very talented,” says Jane, whose current album though sounds more rock than pop, has hints of strong classic rock influences.
A noveau Janis Jopin, Jane’s song styling and low-cut-boot-legged pants scream of the flower culture, which is why perhaps she’s been described as ‘the secret love child of Jimi Hendrix and Ani Di Franco’. “Yeah,” she laughs, “I am the abandoned worm.”
This fiery- haired, guitar-wielding songstress will also perform at Pune, Bangalore, Kolkata and Shillong. Her apparent fascination with the sub-continent keeps her coming back.
“My biggest live show to date was back in 2004, when I headlined the World Music Festival in Ladakh to a live TV broadcast audience of a billion people. That happens only in India. I keep meeting a lot of artistes from here. I would love to keep coming back and make more music,” Jane smiles.