Soulful strains of fusion music

Spontaneous act

Talented: Amit Heri  at the concert.

The fest commenced on September 15 and offered an array of musical programmes to the people of the City last week.

As part of this, talented musicians Amit Heri, Matt Renzi, Norwegian group ‘Food’ and Prakash Sontakke enthralled the audiences with their respective performances at the Amphitheatre, UB City.

The audience came in expecting a treat as Amit Heri is known for his mellifluous jazz music.

And the artiste made sure he didn’t let the audiences down as he collaborated with Matt Renzi. Some of the songs they performed were ‘Lessons Of Love’, ‘In Sync Out Of Sync’, ‘Two Blind Mice’ and ‘Elephant Walk’.

Next to take the stage were the Norwegian group ‘Food’ along with Prakash Sontakke Troupe, who played fusion music. Spontaneous and straight from the heart with Prakash strumming away his slide guitar, the musicians succeeded in touching the souls of all music-lovers.

“The whole idea of music is creating sound scapes out of nothing. It’s all about images that give you a certain idea in mind. For instance, in a movie, a background score creates a strong impact,” explained Prakash Sontakke.

There were certain portions in the instrumental music where Prakash did an alaap, which was extremely soothing and soulful.

“Love is best expressed when it’s not told at all. The same way, musical elements go behind words and unsaid lyrics is what we wanted to capture,” he added.

Said Pawan Joshi, a music-lover present at the event, “Amit Heri’s performance had a lot of artistes and I liked their collaboration. The saxophone, in the second concert, went well with the guitar. I also love the way Prakash plays. He has great talent when it comes to playing the slide guitar.” 

He added, “The venue was great too because when you talk of jugalbandi or fusion music, you are referring to many cultures interacting with each other. So a cosmopolitan location is needed for the same.” He summed up, “Fusion music is what young people like me like listening to since it’s not band specific. It was also nice to see some big foreign names playing in the City.”  The second week of the BIAF began on September 22 and will go on till September 25.

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