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November notes: A music extravaganza

music Updated: Nov 09, 2011 02:45 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times
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A music festival that starts In Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru at the same time, features artists from all over the world.

It’s time for Delhi to be on a musical high, as the city is getting ready to host a week long music festival. The event, 100 Pipers India Music Week, which will start on November 16, will bring musicians, instrumentalists, bands and singers from different parts of the world, on one platform. Besides Delhi, the festival will also travel to Mumbai and Bengaluru.

“The idea of the festival is to create a platform for artists from different parts of the world, where they can exchange ideas, experiences and learn from each other,” says Amit Saigal, one of the main organisers of the festival.

MusicPeople in Delhi will get to witness different genres of music, such as jazz, electronica, pop, rock, trance and folk. "One of the unique features of this festival is that it engages everyone from musicians to fans to the music industry as a whole," says Saigal.

The festival is spread across multiple venues in Delhi, such as Turquoise Cottage, Circa 1193, India Habitat Centre, Zook, 1 Boulevard and Hard Rock Café. The event will start with a fusion performance by Australian-based musician Jeff Lang with Bobby Singh of Soulmate. This will be followed by a Super Jam at TLR café.

Another interesting performance of the festival will be the joint act by an Indian graphics team (B.L.O.T) and a Swedish musician (Mimetic) on November 17 at Circa 1193. “Our performance consists of live music with live videos, where we put up screens all over the place and play videos like animation, Bollywood clips and even videos from the audience that match with the music,” says Avinash Kumar of B.L.O.T.

Another feature of this festival is a two day music conference on November 17 and 18 that aims to bring together the global business of music and discuss some of its core areas. “It’s a much needed platform that will engage people from various fields of music, both nationally and internationally,” says Saigal. This will also include some workshops and panel discussions.

The festival ends on November 20 at Hard Rock Café in Saket with a performance by Parikama and Bollywood singer KK. “In my performance, I will be going back to what I used to do during college — perform with a rock band. Subir from Parikrama and I were in college together. Performing with a band would also give me a chance to connect to my audience at a different level,” says KK.

Watch out for
* An art video performance by a Swedish singer, Mimetic, and a Delhi-based graphics team, BLOT, at Circa 1193. Timings: 9pm, Date: November 17
* Bujazzo, a performance featuring Tas Mani, Rama and Kartik Mani, at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Timings: 7.30pm, Date: November 18
* Sattyananda electro classical performance at Circa 1193, Timings: 9.30pm, Date: November 18
* A performance by Hari and Sukhmani at One Boulevard, Saket. Timings: 10pm, Date: November 18
* Performance by Mathias Stubo band at Circa 1193, Timings: 9.30pm, Date: November 19
* Parikrama and KK live in concert at Hard Rock Cafe, DLF Place, Saket. Timings: 9pm, Date: November 20

Catch it here
* What: India Music Festival
* When: November 16 to November 20
* Where: Multiple venues across Delhi