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    A Florida-based saxophonist comes a-calling with bubble dancers for company

    SHE is all of 27 years old, and Dins Radion is already hot property for many music groups. The Jacksonville girl started playing the saxophone in high school. Since then, she has played for the Ukraine Symphony Orchestra and the Valparaiso Symphony Orchestra, attended a chorale music event, and now, will be visiting Chennai for the first time. She will be seen at Phoenix MarketCity over the weekend for her debut performance here, starting today.

    Looking back
    Dins’ first live performance was different, to say the least. “When I was in high school, I played in front of an audience of visually challenged people and their families,” says the saxophonist, who also likes to draw, write poems and listen to Bollywood tracks when time permits. A self-confessed fan of musicians like Charlie Parker, Kenny G and Eric Dolphy, Dins admits that she is also inspired by her husband, who is a musician too. “I prefer to play the alto saxophone, and of the places across the world where I have performed so far, my favourite is Georgia,” she adds.

    What to expect
    At today’s concert, expect lots of jazz and blues, she says. “I am also open to performing songs on request, even from Bollywood,” she admits. She will perform alongside bubble dancers Oleksandra Kuznietsova and Valentyna Akulich, with whom she has performed many times before. While Oleksandra was one of the finalists at a 2014 UAE dance contest held in Rad Al Khaimah, Valentyna is also a pop and freestyle dancer who was trained at the School of Music and Dance, Ukraine. “They are great dancers. Valentyna and I recently did a show last week in Jaipur,” says Dins. After Chennai, you can catch her perform in Udaipur, followed by Delhi.

    January 27-29. Details: phoenixmarketcity.com

    —Karan Pillai

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