Australian musician Noah Earp, who is on his debut tour of India, will be performing an interesting mix of musical styles in the city. Earp is a songwriter, poet and composer, but prefers to be called none. “I don’t call myself a poet, because poets tend to die young, poor and unacknowledged. I’d like to imagine a happier ending than that. As for songwriting and performing music, they are just two aspects of the same thing — I simply write the music I want to play,” he says.
Though this is his first performance in India, Earp has come here before to study. “This is the first time I’ll be performing in India, although I have travelled and studied music here before. I have been inspired by musician Nikhil Banerjee and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia,” he says.
In another first, Earp will share the stage with Delhi-based rock band, Red Mawkin. “The music will be an interesting mix of styles — I’ll be showcasing some of my solo work, but with the band, I’ll be heading into rockier territory, where the music becomes thicker and more arranged. We’ll also be exploring jazz and improvisation,” he says.
Earp is also a fan of Bollywood music. “I’ve been listening to a lot of Bollywood songs from the classic era recently. I’ve become a bit obsessed with Asha Bhosle’s singing in the song Dil Cheez Kya Hai from Umrao Jaan,” he says.
As for exploring Delhi, the musician already has a must visit list in place. “I’d like to go to the Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi on a Thursday night, to listen to the Qawwali singing,” he says.
As a performer, he has no expectations from his audience. “To tell you the truth, I have no idea what to expect, other than that I love playing for new audiences,” he says.
Catch him Live
What: Noah Earp Live
Where: Blue Frog, The Kila, Seven Style Mile, Mehrauli
When: March 13
Timings: 10pm onwards
Entry: Free (R300 per person after 9pm)
Nearest Metro Station: Mehrauli on the Yellow Line