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    Karthick Iyer Live is ready with its dA�but album and a new genre of fusion

    ATTempting to create your own genre of music is fraught with anxiety, excitement and a whole lot of self-questioning. Ita��s been no different for Karthick Iyer, the violinist and vocalist behind the band Karthick Iyer Live. Ahead of the launch of their debut six-song album titled IndoSoul: Looking Within to Look Beyond, the 29-year-old says it is not mere fusion music. a�?IndoSoul, the genre that we are pioneering, has an Indian aspect that harks back to our ancient roots. But like all of us todaya��straddling both East and Westa��it also embraces western sounds,a�? begins Iyer, explaining that unlike much of the fusion that you hear today, the compositions are not a�?just melodies followed by a bunch of solos. This genre is like a bridge, seamlessly connecting Carnatic with rock, pop, progressive, metal and the like.a�?
    Genres unite
    Though hea��s been playing the violin since he was eight, the electrical engineer-turned musician says hea��s never felt completely happy being a traditional Carnatic musician. a�?My quest was always to play my music along with the music I listen to,a�? says the city based composer, explaining how the five-member band evolved two years ago. While each membera��Vikram Vivekanand on guitar, Naveen Napier on bass, Sumesh Narayan on mridangam and Ramkumar Kanakarajan on drumsa��brings their individual expertise, they have a global sensibility, too. a�?Wea��ve defined a certain form, which is more song-like, for the genre. Like Boundless, which brings together raaga Shanmukhapriya with metal and where wea��ve employed the korappu technique (a Carnatic musical face-off) to bring all the different sounds together,a�? he says. The mostly instrumental albuma��the sole vocal track is At The Theatres, a bilingual take on relationships, sung by Iyera��also includes tracks like A Clowna��s Junket (a�?which describes my journey so fara�?) and Midair a�?a fun piece, with a 70s rock sound, that I conceptualised when on my honeymoon, flying from Auckland to Queenstown,a�? he smiles.
    Miles to go
    Listing violinist and composer L Shankar as his idol, Iyer says theya��ve only begun experimenting with IndoSoul. a�?There is aA� huge ocean of new sound out there to explore. For our second album (which they plan to start post the album launch) we will be collaborating with a DJ and bringing in electronica,a�? says the musician who also works in moviesa��he composed a track for Vir Dasa�� flick Amit Sahni Ki List last year, besides being part of hit tracks like 36 Vayadhinilea��s Rasathi and Dandanakka from Romeo Juliet.
    On June 13, at the Museum Theatre, at 7 pm. Details: karthickiyer.com
    ttempting to create your own genre of music is fraught with anxiety, excitement and a whole lot of self-questioning. Ita��s been no different for Karthick Iyer, the violinist and vocalist behind the band Karthick Iyer Live. Ahead of the launch of their debut six-song album titled IndoSoul: Looking Within to Look Beyond, the 29-year-old says it is not mere fusion music. a�?IndoSoul, the genre that we are pioneering, has an Indian aspect that harks back to our ancient roots. But like all of us todaya��straddling both East and Westa��it also embraces western sounds,a�? begins Iyer, explaining that unlike much of the fusion that you hear today, the compositions are not a�?just melodies followed by a bunch of solos. This genre is like a bridge, seamlessly connecting Carnatic with rock, pop, progressive, metal and the like.a�?
    Genres unite
    Though hea��s been playing the violin since he was eight, the electrical engineer-turned musician says hea��s never felt completely happy being a traditional Carnatic musician. a�?My quest was always to play my music along with the music I listen to,a�? says the city based composer, explaining how the five-member band evolved two years ago. While each membera��Vikram Vivekanand on guitar, Naveen Napier on bass, Sumesh Narayan on mridangam and Ramkumar Kanakarajan on drumsa��brings their individual expertise, they have a global sensibility, too. a�?Wea��ve defined a certain form, which is more song-like, for the genre. Like Boundless, which brings together raaga Shanmukhapriya with metal and where wea��ve employed the korappu technique (a Carnatic musical face-off) to bring all the different sounds together,a�? he says. The mostly instrumental albuma��the sole vocal track is At The Theatres, a bilingual take on relationships, sung by Iyera��also includes tracks like A Clowna��s Junket (a�?which describes my journey so fara�?) and Midair a�?a fun piece, with a 70s rock sound, that I conceptualised when on my honeymoon, flying from Auckland to Queenstown,a�? he smiles.
    Miles to go
    Listing violinist and composer L Shankar as his idol, Iyer says theya��ve only begun experimenting with IndoSoul. a�?There is aA� huge ocean of new sound out there to explore. For our second album (which they plan to start post the album launch) we will be collaborating with a DJ and bringing in electronica,a�? says the musician who also works in moviesa��he composed a track for Vir Dasa�� flick Amit Sahni Ki List last year, besides being part of hit tracks like 36 Vayadhinilea��s Rasathi and Dandanakka from Romeo Juliet.
    On June 13, at the Museum Theatre, at 7 pm. Details: karthickiyer.com
    a��Surya Praphulla Kumar

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