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City band Para Vayu launches debut album recorded live at gig in the city.

music Updated: Apr 12, 2011 14:10 IST
Megha Mahindru

A year after Ravi Iyer’s foremost project split up and the band added an adjunct to their name, Para Vayu returned on stage with a new fan base in the city. “Our sound was more evolved and the music had changed from our classic rock Vayu days,” recalls Iyer, who formed the new band in 2009.

Last year, in June, the reformed genre-bending act, that covers everything from classic rock, jazz, blues and fusion, played a sampling of their new music, with a multi-track recording of their gig. “We were the first city group to record a live album,” claims Iyer. Since Austrian beatboxers Bauchklang paid their tribute to the city by recording a Live In Mumbai album, many bands such as Zero and Vir Das’ Alien Chutney have attempted to record an album live. “It’s complex because there is no scope for error here,” feels Iyer. “In fact, we started on a bad note, as the mic wasn’t switched on for the first track.”

Ask him why he chose this dodgy proposition for their debut recording and the frontman replies, “Our spontaneous music is best recorded live. Also, it gives a chance to capture our audience’s reaction to the music.”

Titled Soul Alive, the multi-genre album has nine tracks. There is also a Floydian number, Flying… from a band that is known to play a Pink Floyd cover at every gig`.

Tonight, the band will be seen jamming with saxophonist Rhys D’souza, with kathak dancer Sumisha Shankar matching her steps to their latest track, This is Us... “We’ll play songs from the album and some new compositions like the bluesy number ‘Point of View’. It will be night of variability,” tells Iyer.

Catch Para Vayu live tonight 9pm at Blue Frog, Lower Parel. Entry R 300