A jazz trio comes together for a unique performance in the city
Coming to India for the first time can be quite an overwhelming experience for any visitor. More so, if you are a musician preparing to entertain a music-loving crowd as diverse as that of Chennai’s. Such was the case with English jazz double bassist Jon Thorne and Scottish folk musician James Yorkston when they touched down at the city this Monday. The duo will perform at Phoenix MarketCity, with 28-year-old sarangi maestro, Suhail Yusuf Khan. Together, they’re identified as Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, a fusion collaborative that started in 2012. They’re in the country for 10 days to promote their upcoming album with shows in Kolkata and Patna as well.
The three of them may have been in the music industry for quite a while, but a short introduction always helps. Khan is the grandson of the late Ustad Sabri Khan, and is an eighth generation sarangi player in his family. He’s got a bit of Sufi in his voice too. Jon Thorne has performed in festivals like Coachella and Glastonbury as a bassist for the English electronic band, Lamb. “We turn to Suhail to learn more about Indian sounds,” says Thorne. Yorkston seconds him, admitting that exploring a new country lends new ideas to their music. “Sadly, owing to our packed schedule, we can only visit Old Delhi,” says the folk singer-songwriter.
For their performance, the trio promises fresh compositions. It will be interesting to see and hear how three different instruments—sarangi, double bass (“a David Gauge Czech-Ease,” says Thorne), and a guitar—will sound on stage. Hence, they’re taking their sound-checks very seriously. You really don’t want to hear imperfect renditions of their songs like Little Black Buzzer and Sufi Wave, do you?
Organised by British Council. Today, 7 pm onwards. Details: yorkstonthornekhan.com