A Brazilian pianist talks about Goethe’s latest fusion concert
THREE musicians, one musical night. The Indo-Brazilian concert at Goethe-Institut today, couldn’t have got any better with its choice of musicians, each of them different from the other, and yet, promising to give us fusion music worth its salt. Joining the violin sister duo M Lalitha and M Nandini and percussionist Aditya Srinivasan is Brazilian pianist Pedro Carneiro Silva, for whom India is new territory. But being the professional that he is, he has done his homework. “I came to India to work at the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM), where I learnt a bit of Carnatic music. I have observed that Indian music is very rich and unique, and is evolving.”
Taking us through his playlist for the evening, the Silva says, “We will have songs by the two sisters, some of my originals, and a few surprises from Brazil too.” Whatever his experiences are in the city, it will take some effort to beat his connection with Berlin, where he stays currently. “It is a special city, where you meet artists from all over the world, with very different backgrounds,” he quips.
That said, India has welcomed him well, he believes. “People here are, in general, very musical and enjoy a beautiful relation with music.” What next? Pedro reveals a packed schedule for 2017 — “I have a project with Luiza Sales, a Brazilian singer and composer, and I will also launch my first collaborative album with Mishka Adams (UK/Philippines). There will also be a partnership with German/Iranian movie maker Ardalan Aram, and a performance with Portuguese fado singer Fernanda Paulo.” Good luck Pedro!
Today, 6.45 pm onwards.