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Sax Machine on where their unique sound stems from

Sax Machine is truly a global band. It is a collaboration between a saxophonist and a trombone player from France and an American rapper from Chicago. A gig typically has Guillaume Sene, on sax, and Pierre Dandin, the trombone player, sampling their instruments, recording and layering musical loops to build the rhythm structure on which RacecaR raps his lyrics.

Alliance Française and Blue Frog host the band in Bengaluru this week. “It’s a unique way of playing music,” Guillaume says about their sound, adding, “It’s hard to define it, because it doesn’t sound like traditional jazz. I think we’re playing some kind of hip-hop funk with jazz flavours.”

Pierre and Guillaume spent a lot of time in New Orleans, USA, universally accepted to be the birthplace of jazz. The culture of the place and the brass bands really inspired the two musicians. “But another major influence is American black music,” says Guillaume. They also take inspiration from other genres like rock, reggae, classical music, regional French music.

They are about to release their second album Bubbling in March this year.

Tonight, 8 pm. At Blue Frog, Church Street. Tickets (Rs 500) on bookmyshow.com
— Anagha M


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