In the spirit of collaboration

In the spirit of collaboration

World fusion band, MoonArra, has always been known for staying true to the spirit
of collaboration. And that’s exactly what happened at CounterCulture recently when the band performed there.

“We wanted to do something different at this gig and had openly asked musicians to bring their instruments and jam with us. Divine Raaga, an upcoming fusion band with a bunch of really nice guys, came all the way to the venue, did the opening set and some members even joined in later during the jam,” shares Jagadeesh M R, the guitarist for MoonArra.

He adds, “People in the audience had got their own djembes and it was a nice evening of collaboration. It was like a multi-production for those who fit the improv music style. Unfortunately, because of the rains, it wasn’t a sizeable audience but it was fun performing anyway.”

Buddha, the vocalist of Divine Raaga, shares that it was a great learning experience. “For independent musicians, collaborations allow different ideas to come together and be expressed.

Performing with someone of their stature was not only a great opportunity but an honour for us as well. At the end of the day, this is the best way to learn,” he says sincerely.

 MoonArra, an amalgam of Indian classical, jazz and world fusion music streams, kept their set interesting with a few old songs as well as some new tunes — from ‘Blue Fuse’ and ‘Heartsky’ to the Carnatic song Paripalaya. Hindustani vocalist Chaitra Sontakke even performed a memorable rendition of late Ravi Shankar’s Prabhujee.

“I thoroughly enjoyed myself — the selection of songs and the chemistry between the members was quite contagious. The rain in the background only added to the beauty of the evening,” smiles Namita, a member of the audience.

The other members of the band are Prakash Sontakke on vocals and Hawaiian slide guitar, Madhuri Jagadeesh on vocals, Karthik Mani on drums and percussion, K N Prakash on electric bass, Mike Sorensen on didgeridoo and blues harp and Ganesh Viswanathan on Carnatic vocals.

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