Wandering musicians, Patrick Sebag and Yotam Agam, on a tour in south-east Asia a few years ago, landed up spending days at Singapore airport waiting for their Indian visa. That’s how they got their name and the idea to bring live electronica music to every country they travelled to. “We became K&G Business Class Refugees. We picked up folk music from each nation and performed live with folk artistes, improvising the songs live onstage,” explain Agam, who is in town to perform at Blue Frog.
Music producers both, Sebag and Agam have made many trips to India and south-east Asia to make electro-folk music. “We have been working for 15 years on different global projects, driven by various cultures. In the last seven years, we have been working very extensively in India, and naturally, have met some great musicians,” says Agam.
K&G have worked with Carnatic vocalist Mahesh Vinayakaram, violinist Padma Shankar, Talvin Singh and even Kathak dancer Meher Malik on several occasions. They are signed on by Indian label Earthy Sync, which handles Indian tribal artistes and other folk artistes. They often record in their studios in Chennai. “We work out of Chennai and Tel Aviv mostly, since these two cultures have inspired our work the most,” adds Agam.