All that jazz and more

Cello ensemble

All that jazz and more

The music lovers in the City had the opportunity to listen to the Cantando Cello Ensemble from Sri Lanka, who were in the City to perform in a special evening of classical, jazz and contemporary music recently. The concert was in association with the Bangalore School of Music, which for the first time was presenting a unique ensemble, comprising 12 cellos and two double bass.

In addition to this, the ensemble also featured the Golden Voice from Sri Lanka, Mary Ann David, who is part of the famous Merry Singers. The event was directed by Dushyanthi Perera and presented the music lovers of Bangalore with an entertaining combination of classical and jazz music. “It is definitely going to be an interesting evening of music, especially for jazz lovers like me,” said Sriram, a businessman and a music lover.

And to say that no one was disappointed would be an understatement. The ensemble had a unique sound and timbre of its own. Though the instruments are known for their warmth of sound and mellow-speaking voice, the audience got to hear a lot more.

The musicians played the instruments showing what they are capable of and the wider range of styles, sounds and musical textures that they can encapsulate. The Cantando Cello Ensemble performed works written specifically for the cello orchestra such as Bachianas Brasilleiras No.1 by Heitor Villa-Lobos and arrangements and transcriptions of well-known works.

These included classics like Bach’s Chaconne in D minor. A work of art, the music played out by the ensemble was haunting and with a strong common theme seen through the piece. The audience remained seated quietly, enraptured by the music being churned out by the talented young women. “It was a great experience to see such great talent in these young girls. The music played by them was marvellous,” said Sharon, a music enthusiast.

Some of the other musical pieces played by the Cantando Cello Ensemble during the evening’s performance were Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Danse Macabre, Op 40 by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. These not only set the tone for the evening but also made it everyone look forward to what was to come.

Next up were musical piece of greats like Dvorak and Grieg, with the ensemble playing Slavonic Dances and The Holberg Suite, which was a treat for everyone’s ears.
Apart from standard classical repertoire, they also performed jazz and contemporary music.

“The music was divine and to hear so many variations with jazz and classical music was a very interesting experience,” said Arvind, an IT professional, after the concert.

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