A blend of different styles

informing Jyotsna Srikanth and Chandrasekar.

The two key musicians at the concert will be talented violinist  Jyotsna Srikanth, who is
also an expert in fusing different genres of music, as well as the legendary M Balamuralikrishna.

The concert will also feature musical talent from India as well as Europe, in the form of artistes such as Shadrach Solomon on the keyboards, Alwyn Fernandes on the lead guitar, Keith Peters on the bass guitar, Taalis on the drums, N Amruth on Indian percussion and Karthik Mani on special percussion.

Talking about the concert, Jyotsna said that it was a definitely a dream come true to be a part of it. She has collaborated with many musicians, and has a lot of experience in fusion music, but this is the first time that she will have the chance to play alongside M Balamuralikrishna.

“This happened entirely by accident. I met M Balamuralikrishna at an airport, and he suggested that we do a concert together,” she recollected. She also highlighted her desire to bring in many different kinds of musical genres to the concert, and blend them together. “It will be a cross-over between Indian classical music and world music; I intend to take different styles like Irish folk, hip hop, pop, Arabic and African music, and interlace them with South Indian music,” she said, adding, “I’m trying to get musicians of a good calibre to come and pitch in for this concert.”

She also took the opportunity to speak a little about the difficulties of fusing different kinds of music. “Many such fusions are confusing, because people take traditional compositions and play it with drums, etc. It should always be two traditional styles of music coming together. There are also many technical aspects to getting pakka fusion,” she explained.

With regard to ‘Fusion Dreams’, she admitted that she had a tough job ahead of her. “It’s a big task— I have to fuse orthodox and unorthodox music. But Balamuralikrishna has been very diligent in that sense. He recently called me to Chennai so we could go over some pieces,” she said.

The concert will be held on January 7, and tickets are available at prices of Rs 5000, Rs 3000, Rs 2000, Rs 1000 and Rs 500. The proceeds will be donated to treating children who have musco-skeletal abnormalities and require surgery at Sparsh Hospitals. Dr Chandrasekar, from Sparsh, also spoke about the work that the hospital had been doing in this regard.

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