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'India is like a dream come true'

Italian composer–performer Gaudi will perform his brand of reggae and ethno–dub at a festival in Nashik this weekend

music Updated: Jan 31, 2013 18:26 IST
Nirmika Singh

Italian composer Gaudi may not have visited India but his association with the country goes back a long time. Not only has he collaborated with the best of Indian talent such as Asha Bhosle and Trilok Gurtu in the past, but some of his tracks also made it to a few Bollywood movies in the last decade. As he makes his stage debut in India at the upcoming Sulafest, he speaks about his Indian connection and new projects.

What are you looking forward to the most, at your performance?

After many years of receiving amazing feedback from my Indian fans, I finally can introduce my live show of electronic music, reggae and ethno-dub. Coming to India is like a dream come true. Joining me on stage will be vocalist and beatboxer Danny Ladwa, who is originally from Gujarat but based in the UK.

You teamed up with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan a few years ago. Tell us more about that experience.

My collaborative album, Gaudi + Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, is one of the higher peaks of my career. When, back in 2005, my manager told me that Nusrat’s record label, Rehmat Gramophone, had requested my composition skills for the music revisitation of his classic ‘Dil ne hamare’, I felt thrilled and almost didn’t believe it. I composed new music around Nusrat’s voice and tabla. I also changed the time signature of the song and added Jamaican reggae rhythm, without touching the original voice of the maestro. The label loved it so much that they gave me access to the entire back catalogue of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and asked me to produce a full-length album.

Your music features many Indian instruments. Tell us more about your fascination with our music.

I am fascinated by the amazing sound-textures of the sarangi, tabla, tanpura, bansuri, dhol and harmonium. I have always wanted

to include these unique instruments and compose music. Also, working with Indian musicians makes me feel good; they all bring a sort of an ‘aura of serenity’ to my recording studio in London.

Is there any one Indian artiste you really want to work with?

I am a big fan of A.R. Rahman. I hope one day our paths cross.

What are your current recording projects?

I am composing and producing a song with Jamaican reggae legend Lee Scratch Perry, and UK producers, The Orb, which will be part of my new thirteenth solo album ‘In between time’. It is due for release in March.

Where are you heading after performing in India?

My tour will carry on, touching the UK, Italy, Costa Rica, Israel, South Africa, Japan, Greece, USA and Canada.