MP Milind Deora performed at Blue Frog last night along with guitarists Chandresh Kudwa and Paresh Kamat in a unique guitar instrumental gig called Axe-Tortion. “I have been really looking forward to this gig. Thankfully it didn’t take a lot of rehearsing,” says Deora, who is a blues enthusiast. Axe-Tortion is city-based Kudwa’s (Dream Out Loud) outfit, which includes top-notch shredders coming together for a live jam session on stage. Kudwa was inspired by the famed G3 world tour of Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and John Petrucci among others; and thought of starting a similar concept in India.
“It’s a stage where guitarists perform, jam and improvise on stage. It’s a concert of guitar instrumentals without any vocals, but only backing bass and drums. This is raw music, as composers while making a song would hear it,” says Kudwa, who has been playing the gig circuit for the past decade or so. Kudwa started Axe-Tortion earlier this year and has performed various three-guitar formats collaborating each time with different artistes. Earlier collaborations have included Mahesh Tinaikar (Ex Indus Creed), Paresh Kamath (Kailasa, Hipnotribe) Ravi Iyer (Para Vayu), Floyd Fernandes and Claver Menezes (Zedde).
“We follow a format of solos and jam sessions. Each of the guitarists play a solo set with their backup band on drums and bass. At the end, all three of us then take stage and belt out a jam session that includes covers and originals,” explains Kudwa, whose fourth Axe-Tortion gig happened at Blue Frog last night.
Deora, who hardly gets time to play his Fender, says this was a tribute to guitarists he’s grown up listening to. “I think the grooves and melodies set by musicians like Stevie Ray Vaughn have ink-marked how we play and hear music. I played a medley of various tracks,” says Deora, who has previously played live with Buddy Guy, and performed a mash up of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Part time lover’, Michael Jackson’s Smooth criminal, Jimi Hendrix’s Fire and Guns ‘n Roses’ Paradise city54.