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Pune musician Vineet Alurkar is all set to perform with his band Yoga Logik in Austria.

Written by Rohan Swamy | Published: August 17, 2012 3:14:02 am

Pune musician Vineet Alurkar is all set to perform with his band Yoga Logik in Austria

The name of the band itself is a symbol of the confluence of cultures of India and Austria. While ‘yoga’ is a term that the West associates with India,’logik’ is a German word that means logic,says Pune musician Vineet Alurkar about the band Yoga Logik. Pitched as an Austrian-Indian folk rock band,this one takes inspiration from the lyrical poetry of poet-saints like Amir Khusrau and Meera. “Our music is a blend of contemporary jazz and funk clubbed with Indian classical,” says Alurkar,one of the founding members of the six-member band,which includes bassist and producer Martin Berauer,lead guitarist Wolfgang Sambs,guitarist and vocalist Vineet Alurkar,drummer Michael Liebetseder and Mandolin player Bhupal Limaye. While four of them are based in Austria,Alurkar and Limaye operate from Pune. “All of us meet in person twice a year to jam. Besides,as and when we hit upon a new musical idea or a song,we coordinate online,” adds Alurkar.

The last few months,the practicing sessions have been a tad more rigorous,as the band has been preparing for performances in Vienna and Linz. “There are four concerts – two in Vienna,on August 27 and 28,and two in Linz,where we will perform at two clubs,on August 30 and September 1. We will be playing at the Opera Hosue in Linz and a local club,” says Alurkar,who is also the director of the rock band The Backbenchers. Recalling the origin of Yoga Logik,he adds that the band was conceived in 2005,when he jammed with Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Sambs,during his visit to India. “We just hit it after that and eventually went on to form the band,” says Alurkar.

Scheduled to reach Austria on August 20,this is not the first time the band will perform in the country. Last year,Yoga Logik shared the stage with Kathak exponent Kaveri Agashe at a concert in Vienna. “It is great fun performing on stage with so many brilliant artistes and musicians. It not only gives the band a greater reach but also enhances our own style of music,” says Alurkar. In Austria,he hopes to impress the audience with a line-up of self composed numbers in English and Hindi. While the English songs include Kathmandu,Dance by the river and Humpty Dumpty ,the Hindi numbers are Baye Gaye Balam and Page 64 and Page 73 . “The song,Page 64 and Page 73 actually refers to the pages of an old book of Sufi poems that we have added music to and are performing,” says the musician,adding that the band has been invited to perform at the prestigious Reggae Festival,to be held on August 23 and August 24,in Germany. “Depending on how good the rehearsals go,we may even perform,” he adds.

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