Creating world music together

Superb Performance

Creating world music together

When an ensemble of music maestros from different genres get together and harmonise on a common platform, they naturally create magic.

Bangaloreans were enthralled recently by a unique performance that combined Carnatic with Jazz and Western Classical, to create a sound that was different, unique and simply superb.

The highly successful collaboration was between Renga –  the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s groundbreaking ensemble that collaborates extensively with musicians from outside the classical mainstream – and Bangalore’s very own vocalist Ramamani, percussionist TAS Mani, percussionist Ramesh Shotham from Europe and pianist Mike Herting from Germany who constituted the KCP4, or Karnatic College of Percussion Quartet.

Proving that music knows no geographical or cultural barriers, the exceptionally talented group came together to explore each other’s unique style and discipline. They harmonised perfectly and brought out each other’s strengths in a way that was truly a celebration of world music at its finest.

Individual performers improvised in solos, quartets got together and jammed-literally and the whole troupe came together in a rising crescendo of melody and sound that was pure and uninhibited.

The peppy conductor Scott Stroman kept the tempo of the evening at an all time high. He quite literally rocked to the beat, improvising and drawing out the best in whole ensemble. A multifaceted musician himself and also a composer and trombonist, he was obviously at home in any genre of music. “We explore and experiment with different kinds of music combining our passions and creating a new kind of sound that we can all play and enjoy,” he said.

Some of the compositions played were by Ramamani while other included well-known bhajans and tributes to jazz artistes who had a strong connection to Bangalore in the past. In fact, the last two compositions were called 17th Cross named after a street in Malleswaram and Bangalore, a self explanatory tribute to a City that many visitors find special and grow to love.

Mike Herting’s piano playing was exuberant and energetic, a sheer joy to behold.  The entire performance was choreographed in a way that allowed for individuality and yet created a merging of styles that were different and unique – a memorable one-of-a kind experience.

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