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Tugging at heartstrings

Seven teenagers come together to form E.C.G, a fusion band that debuts in the city tomorrow.

music Updated: Jul 23, 2010 00:53 IST
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A group of seven young and energetic boys from the Capital have come together to form a fusion band. These new kids on the block, who call themselves E.C.G (Electro Cardio Gram), are a powerhouse of melody.

These seven talented teenagers, aged between 16-19 years, formed the band in 2009. Since then, they have been busy composing the five tracks that they have put together in their debut album — Masquerade.

Before you dismiss them as a bunch of debuting youngsters who are trying their hand at World Music, give their album a try — there’s nothing amateurish about their work.

While talking to HT City, the band’s 16-year-old lead sarod player N Sashank said, “I started working (on the songs) when I was in the ninth standard and by 2009, I already had a few tracks ready. So it just took us four months of brainstorming to put the album together.”

Masquerade is a fine blend of compositions, based on Indian classical ragas, such as Jog, Hamsadhwani, Rageshwari and a few dhuns that include popular tunes, such as Vaishnava Jana To and Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram, among others.

The first track, which is incidentally the title track, is based on raga Jog. It’s a harmonious blend of classical and western music with a multi-instrumental jugalbandi, adding the extra flavour.

The second track —Synthesis — starts with an alaap, and, teamed up with the keyboard, is a soft composition in medium tempo.

The third track, The Prelude, is a solo number on the keyboard.

The fourth track sounds interesting. Titled Amalgamation, this one is a fusion of four different type of dhuns, more of a medley. The last track is a classical rendition of raga Rageshwari, with Sashank on the sarod.

The boys are pretty excited about their first concert that takes place in the Capital tomorrow. “We’re lucky that we didn’t have to approach a music company to sponsor our first album.

My guru is close to Satish Babbarji (ghazal maestro) and that’s how things started to fall in place. Babbarji decided to provide us financial aid that made this debut launch possible,” says Sashank. The band is currently in talks with the music stores in Delhi to place its album on the shelves.

Venue: Azad Bhawan Auditorium, ICCR, (Near Income Tax Office), IP Estate;
Date: July 24
Timing: 6 pm onwards
For entry, contact: Satish Babbar Studio;
Tel: 27210448, 9718267773