See saw: One man band

When one thinks of fusion music,what generally comes to mind is the combination of rock with jazz or classical with contemporary.

Written by Tanvi Jain | Published: June 2, 2012 1:31 am

When one thinks of fusion music,what generally comes to mind is the combination of rock with jazz or classical with contemporary. But UK-based musician,Shri,also known as ShriLektric,has taken fusion music to a completely new level by combining acoustic,Indian classical,electronica and computer-based sounds. As a part of his India tour,he performed in Pune on May 27,after having performed in Delhi,Hyderabad and Jaipur.

“As a child I was always fascinated by the tabla and received formal training in it and then gradually went on to play bass guitar,flute and other instruments. I was particularly impressed by the bass guitar and taught myself how to play it.” Shri takes inspiration from artistes like Led Zeppelin,Black Sabbath,German jazz bass player Eberhard Weber and Jaco Pastorius,amongst many others.

Shri mesmerised the listeners with the finesse of a seasoned musician. His performance essentially involve the use of equipments which a whole band would employ – a fretless bass guitar and a processor for the same; a flute; electronic rhythm pads; loopers; and a laptop. He would play a rhythm,simultaneously recorded it and then use that recorded track to play in a loop as a background,while improvising on-the-spot with the other instruments. The result was an impromptu,never-heard-before sound that was ambient and interactive at the same time.

Fashionably yours

The Amanora town centre on May 25 organised the grand finale of the Fun In The Sun workshop that began a month ago for children. The workshop saw more than 600 children participated in it. They were trained in the disciplines of of dance drama and fashion. The grand finale of the workshophad children aged between 5-14 years participate in a dance show and a ramp walk. The winners received one month free dancing training module from Trinity Institute and gift vouchers from Big Bazaar- Amanora Town Center.

Ancient Signs

City-based community-based travel company Black Swan,and Grubshup restaurant on Law College road,will train the spotlight on Buddhist iconography in their latest instalment of film screenings and talks called the ‘Brunchcast’. On June 10,starting 10 am,the film will showcase the life and times of Buddha,and present an insight into Budddist iconography and architecture in ancient India. The screening will be followed by a discussion steered by French expert and Indology enthusiast,Prasad Barve.

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