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We draw inspiration from madness,” says Sophie Bystrup,a member of the band named Dilated Academy.

November 15, 2013 2:38:06 am

We draw inspiration from madness,” says Sophie Bystrup,a member of the band named Dilated Academy. Known for their diverse collaboration of artistes from different countries,Dilated Academy started out as an experimental project a year ago and has created a buzz since then. The band will be performing at Euriska,next to Koregaon Park Plaza Mall,on November 15,9 pm onwards.

The origins of this diverse band can be traced back to the time when Canadian songwriter and producer of band,Kelvin Godson met Or Epstein from Israel and asked him to assist him in producing his solo project. While Epstein specialised in EDM drum and bass,Kelvin’s forte was R&B and soul. Their combined love of music not only created a strong friendship but also a collaboration. The duo met Bystrup in Denmark and asked her to join the group as they were in need of a keyboardist for their live shows. “To dilate means to expand or open up,” says Bystrup,adding that the band focuses on the dilation of the mind,body and the soul. “Our music expresses what we learn through rhyme and sound,” adds Bystrup.

This global collective released First Project Dilated Academy Mix Tape,a 10-track free album,which was uploaded on August 18 on Soundcloud. Drawing influences from electronic dance music,dubstep,hip hop,rap,R&B and soul,the project featured both live and electronic drums,tabla,synthesizers,piano,rap,choir and poetry.

The group plans to release another mix tape tentatively named The Black Soul Project. This project will have a more unique and professional sonic sound and the trio plan a Europe tour to promote the same.

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Music to the Ears

Saturday brings another weekend of fine classical music at Swaramayee Gurukul,with a lecture-demonstration on the tradition of the Agra gharana,with Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Pandit Shrikrishna Babanrao Haldanker,accompanied by Charudatta Phadke on the tabla and Chaitanya Kunte on harmonium. The gala will continue on to Sunday,with a Hindustani classical vocal recital by Pandit Vinayak Torvi of the Gwalior,Kirana and Agra schools of music,accompanied by Vikas Neregal on the tabla and Kunte on harmonium. Both events will begin at 6 pm on the respective days.

Booked on Friday

The British Library is hosting a live interaction and creative writing workshop with two of the UK’s best young novelists on Friday. Author David Szalay has published three novels,London and the South-East,The Innocent and Spring. Nadifa Mohamed’s novel Black Mamba Bay was shortlisted for several awards such as the Guardian First Book Award,the Dylan Thomas Award and won the Betty Trask Award. Szalay will lead a creative writing workshop from 11 am to 2 pm for a limited number of participants. Between 6 pm and 7.30 pm,Szalay and Mohamed will interact with Dr Mohini Khot,Head of the Department of English,St Mira’s College. The event is part of a 10-city tour by 12 Granta authors,organised by the British Council in collaboration with Granta.

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