Music for the soul

Entertaining Evening

The rainy evening didn’t dampen the spirits of the people entering Olive Beach last week, as it played host to a concert called Jazz For Two featuring Holger Jetter on violin and Mishko M’Ba on bass guitar. Holger and Mishiko, from Germany and France respectively, who are now settled in Pondicherry, spoke to Metrolife prior to the concert.

“Bangalore used to be nicer when I first came here 16 years ago,” tells Holger. The duo has played together and separately in many countries. “There is nothing like playing in front of a crowd of 50,000,” he adds. “But the best concert we had was in Myanmar, in front of 60 people. All of them had so much of interest in our music,” say the two of them.

Holger admits that he doesn’t care much for Western Classical scenario in India. “India doesn’t need Western Classical music as it has its own traditional music. I do love Western Classical, but I am not a warrior for it. The world is changing fast so even music has to keep changing according to the times,” he feels.

The duo is extremely fond of Indian music, and loves the music of Kishori Amonkar, Bismillah Khan, Pandit Jasraj, Shivkumar Sharma, Zakir Hussain and Irshad Khan. “We have even seen many of these artistes perform live,” say the two. Holger has even worked with a few Indian artistes like Apurba and Indrani Mukherjee.

While Mishiko is a part of a group called Laya Project in Chennai, where in he plays with various Carnatic artistes from the City. The two artistes will soon be touring with American French drummer Sangoma Everett. “We will playing our own compositions in these tours unlike this concert in Bangalore, where we will be playing classical jazz.”
 The guests and diners undoubtedly had an entertaining evening amidst colourful cocktails, delectable food and melodious music.

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