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Sample the experimental rhythms and Indian influences of Sarah Buechi and Christoph Haberer

With quirky lyrics and experimental beats, Swiss two-piece band, Animata, is all set to enthrall Pondicherry’s jazz connoisseurs next Thursday. Switzerland-based jazz vocalist Sarah Buechi (33) and German percussionist Christoph Haberer (63) met at a project initiated by Kloster Gravenhorst—the German modern art museum had commissioned Haberer to compose music for its 10th anniversary in June 2014. The duo found each other’s philosophy of music interesting and 1decided to collaborate. Now they are ready  with their first album, Animata, to be released in October. “We have created a fusion of sorts by infusing jazz with electronic and even pop,” Buechi says. Interestingly, both artistes have an Indian connect. While Haberer performed with percussionist Sivamani in 2011, Buechi studied with Carnatic vocalist RA Ramamani and mridangam artiste TAS Mani at Karnataka College of Percussion, Bengaluru. Intrigued, we ask if it has influenced her musical style and she admits that there are elements of South Indian classical music in her compositions. “Trying to grasp Carnatic music opened up my view about music and life. The integration of Indian elements—for which we have great appreciation and respect—into our music has to be understood as a playful integration; it is not intended to stick to rules,” she explains. At the concert, expect compositions like Electric Loops, Why, Stars and Fools. Animata will also perform in Goa, Thiruvananthapuram and Bengaluru next month.
At Aurodhan, on October 1, at 8.30 pm. Details: 0413 2222795

— Ranjitha G

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