Grammy award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has big plans for India. The American musician, who was in the country for a concert in 2008, would like to open a music academy here after the one he has planned for China.
Says Kenny, “I had a really good time in India. It was a new culture I experienced and it was a lot of fun. I also liked all the music that I heard there. I hope a music academy happens in India, I’d love to open one.”
Kenny asserts that he’d “love to be back to India” and in his next trip, he could perhaps bring his line of saxophones, Kenny G saxophones, to the country too. There’s also a collaborative album lined up with santoor player Rahul Sharma.
Back to roots
But right now, Kenny’s busy with touring his new album, Heart and Soul, in which he’s gone back to his R ‘n’ B roots. “With every record, I start by writing music that I like at that moment,” Kenny says. “I could think of a theme, or just start composing and see where the music takes me. Heart and Soul wasn’t intended to be R ‘n’ B, but once it began to take shape that way, it sounded really good. It reminds me of the past because of its feel, but at the same time, it’s much more modern.”
Patient with music
Once the album, which has been released by Universal Music, found a direction, Kenny got R ‘n’ B singer-songwriters Robin Thicke and Babyface on it.
“I never plan collaborations, I take it step by step,” says Kenny. “It depends on the style of the CD and the voices that would go well with it. The music of Thicke and Babyface suited the album’s style.”
Unlike many artistes, who work on multiple projects simultaneously, Kenny says he is no hurry to start work on his next record. “I am more patient with my music now than I used to be when I started out,” he chuckles. “I have grown into composing music, because I know I don’t have to rush it.”