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    For their India debut, the Brussels-based jazz trio collaborates with the Mandolin Sisters


    Piloot is a Brussels-based jazz and rock band formed by three friends. Aimed at promoting intercultural interaction through music, the two-year-old band is known to travel the world and collaborate with local artists. a�?The performances will be built around spontaneous compositions and improvisations,a�? says Florian Guibert, the flautist, who will be performing in the city with Cyrille de Haes (double bassist) and Jean-Philippe de Gheest (drummer), this weekend.
    And they will be collaborating with the Mandolin Sisters (M Sreeusha and M Sireesha). a�?We chanced upon a video of the concert of the Mandolin sisters and were completely blown away by their music style. That was when we wanted to to play with them during our tour,a�? shares Haes, while Sreeusha promises that we can expect a a�?combination of Carnatic and western classicala�? interchanging the ideas of different musical approaches.
    Their India debut, a five city debut, has already seen them perform in Delhi and Bengalurua��where they performed with Trippy Sama and Oceantidea��and next they will head to Ahmedabad and Chandigarh. They credit a performance with sitarist Smith Nagdev last year in Brussels, as the starting point of the Piloot meets India tour. In fact, they will be performing with her in Ahmedabad.
    a�?We have teamed up with musicians so far, but we wish to encounter every artistic discipline (out there), including the visual arts,a�? shares Guibert. They have recorded their first album, PILOOT, and an elated Haes says that they a�?intend to release it in the coming months in Brusselsa�?. The album, which features five instrumental compositions, draws influence from their multi-cultural musical journey.Tomorrow, at Alliance Francaise, from 7 pm. Free passes available on eventjini.com

    a��Lalitha Ranjani


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