It isna��t often that the distinct sound of a sitar, tabla and the alto saxophone blend to give you a singlular, perfect tone. Now Trio Benares has found a way to fuse pure Indian classic and contemporary jazz music effectively. And it was not mere chance that brought the three a�� Roger Hanschel and Deobrat and Prashant Mishra, together, but as Hanschel explains, a mutual respect for each othera��s talent and art. In 2013, when Hanschel visited the Mishras to study Indian classical music, they then played at a concert together in Cologne, and their sounds clicked. a�?Our music carried distinct Indian classical and jazz influences, but in a unique style,a�? says Hanschel.
Deobrat and Prashant hail from a long line of maestros. Deobrat says his father (well-known sitarist Sivanth Mishra) encouraged him to explore music. a�?Being a famous sitar player and an exponent of the Benares Gharana school of Hindustani classical music, I learned all that I know from him,a�? he shares. Prashant on the other hand is devoted completely to the tabla and Hanschel to the saxaphone. a�?At 11, I went to a saxophone concert, fell in love with the instrument and have played it ever since,a�? he declares.
Speaking of the show, Hanschel, who is considered one of the most extravagant, multifaceted saxophone players and composers of contemporary jazz around, says the audience can expect music theya��ve not heard before, in terms of compositions with a twist. a�?They will remember the beauty of the music long after the concert is over, we hope. It will be a beautiful, sensual experience,a�? he promises, signing off.
March 28. At Windmills Craftworks, Whitefield. Tickets (`500) on bookmyshow.com
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