An evening of jazz,Norwegian style
Melodic jazz with a hint of pop floated in the nippy October air at the the Norwegian embassy gardens on Friday as pianist Helge Lien and singer Christina Bjordal presented music from Norway. With a sizeable fan following in the Scandinavian countries,the duo blended mythical folk songs with their own compositions,making the Indian and Norwegian diplomatic audience sway to their tunes. Since jazz comes close to Indian classical music in terms of improvisation,people find it easier to relate to it, said Lien,who is on his first trip to India.
Kicking off the evening with a soft lullaby titled Berceause,the duo went on to execute a beautiful musical piece called Somewhere over the rainbow which was followed by the very groovy and fast-paced Ive got my love for sale which was marked by some inventive arrangements.
We have tried to blend the folk music of Norway with popular jazz and created melodic jazz, said Bjordal who began learning music when she as three. Her last album Warrior of Light that came out in 2009 was inspired by writings of writer Paulo Coelho.
Talking about their Indian inspirations,the artistes instantly took two names Pandit Ravi Shankar and AR Rahman. These two musicians have taken Indian music to the world. It is through them that I know about Indian music in the first place, said Lien. On a parting note,the duo performed an encore with a Norwegian hymn even as the audience kept asking for more.