Double treat for music lovers

Music lovers in the City were in for a real treat recently with two delightful gigs back-to-back at Windmills Craftworks.

On the first day, Geneva-based classical trio Plaistow comprising of Johann Bourquenez on piano, Vincent Ruiz on double bass and Cyril Bondi on drums took the stage.
At the concert, the trio did not perform any known songs but promoted
compositions from the two albums that they were promoting on their India tour – Citadelle and Lacrimosa.

   One could find varied influences such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass, ‘The Necks’ and Craig Taborn in their music. And for much of the concert, it was more like rehearsed sequences played out live and loud on the piano and supported by a tight double bass and some fierce jazz drumming.

Sunil Manchanda, a music aficionado from Mumbai, said, “Bangaloreans are lucky to witness such talent in an ambience like this.

The venue is perfectly suited for such class acts.”

On the next day, Indo-Dutch fusion band Kailash Ensemble stole the show. Featuring Marien van Staalen, Sanne van der Horst and Marinke Visser on cello, Lenneke van Staalen on violin, Heiko Dijker on tabla, the ensemble played some beautiful, unusual renditions of Indian and Western classical music.

   For their newest project called Sangam, the original members of the Kailash
Ensemble joined hands with two young and gifted cellists – Sanne van de Horst and Marinke Visser – to present the two unique musical traditions in a whole new form.
With passion and skill, the two cultures and traditions were fused by the musicians, each of whom seemed equally at ease with his or her instrument. 

What they managed to do best in their compositions was to present Indian and Western classical music separately, without losing their identity and individual touch.

The band was joined by local master of the bansuri – Ravichandra Kullur –
for a few spontaneous raga-based compositions.

Carefully composed structures by the three-piece cello section melded with the fluid Carnatic strains from the violin, collectively creating a deep understanding of the finer nuances of both traditions.

Heiko’s tabla playing kept the sound together and made it interesting to watch someone non-Indian playing the instrument adeptly.

On the Dutch ensemble, Nikhil K, a regular at Windmills, said, “It was a delightful evening of classical music. The fusion was stirring and seamless.”

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