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    Trio Benares introduces the sitar and tabla to a saxophone

    FRESH from their performance at the Goethe Institut, Trio Benares is now looking ahead. The trio—Roger Hanschel on the saxophone, sitarist Deobrat Mishra and tabla player Prashant Mishra—is busy working on their upcoming second album. “Yesterday, we played songs from our latest CD, Assi Ghat,” says Roger. He explains that ever since they formed in 2014, and performed for the first time in Cologne, their method of making music has become more natural. “Working on new songs is easier now, as we know how each of us deal with new material,” he adds. As for performing live, the trio makes sure they understand their audience and the place they are performing in.

    “We consider the dramaturgy of the whole concert evening, which means that we plan where to build up tension and where to release it,” he says. The band has played in Germany, Australia and Switzerland, leading up to their concerts in India, while experimenting with their music all through.
    “I’m currently exploring Indian sounds and integrating them into my jazz,” says Roger.

    Details: facebook.com/TrioBenares
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    —Karan Pillai

    (In picture – (L-R) Deobrat, Roger and Prashant)

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