Thank you for the music

Looking back

Thank you for the music

The City witnessed an interesting array of music performances in 2014. From classical and Western concerts, fusion music to performances by small bands,  music lovers had a lot to choose from and hope that the new year will also have a number of great performances.

Among the big names that performed in the City were David Guetta,  Joel Zimmerman aka ‘Deadmau5’, Corky Siegel, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and ‘Above and Beyond’.

All these concerts ran into packed houses and international bands ‘Destruction’, ‘Rotting Christ’ and ‘Cadaver Mutilator’ headlined many shows and promised to return with newer albums. 

The City also saw performances by Indian bands such as ‘Kiriaka’, which performs samba-reggae music; Mali singer Vieux Farka and German band ‘Mateo’.

The bigger festivals like ‘Barcadi NH7 Weekender’ and ‘The Great Indian Octoberfest’ proved to be quite successful with their line-up of indie rockers, electronic producers, metal kingpins and alternative-rock groups like ‘The Manganiyar Seduction’, ‘Nritarutya Dance company’, The Raghu Dixit Project and ‘Maati Baani’.

Open air concerts had their share of glory too. The ‘Alive India in Concert’ featured acclaimed artistes like Udit Narayan, Zubin Garg, Ambi and Bindu Subramaniam and Sonu Nigam. Music of all kinds hit high notes as big metal festivals like ‘Bangalore Open Air’ and ‘Indian Metal Festival’ and smaller events like ‘Garage Jam’, ‘Freedom Jam’ and ‘Strawberry Fields’ rocked the City.   

The fusion music scene was fiery too with collaborations between L Subramaniam and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. The violinist later collaborated with Pt Jasraj. The lively show of Shubha Mugdal and ‘Indian Ocean’; the seamless blend of Hariharan’s music with that of Stephan Devassy and Manoj George were all unique.

Many classical concerts were held well. SP Balasubramaniam, Bombay Jayashree, Ranjini Gayathri and Malladi Brothers to name a few entertained the classical music-lovers of the City.

City-based violinist, Apoorva Krishna, had a successful year as she was chosen as the best performer in many classical competitions. Hindustani and ghazal concerts by Chaitra and Prakash Sontakke were a grand success. 

‘Fête de la Musique’ showcased different concerts from popular bands such as ‘Clown with a Frown’ and ‘Neurotopsy’.

Many local bands had a great year too. Bharath Kashyap, the guitarist of ‘Broken Membrane’, says, “The year 2014 was brilliant. We played at a lot of shows, and peformed in Pune and Pondicherry. We even got through the finals of an event at IIT-Kanpur. Our best gig was at ‘Warehouse’ as the one hour set turned into a three-hour set. The crowd was good. We are beginning 2015 by opening for ‘Karnivool’, a band from Australia and by the end of 2015, we should release our album.”

Adhir, the drummer of ‘Defyd’ who had a successful year, excitedly says, “Our best moments of the year would be releasing an EP which received great reviews internationally, co-headlining ‘Stonehenge’ twice and forming ‘Traffic Blues’, another music band.”

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