Academy of Music is here again, this time with three musical styles.
With six internationally-renowned musicians from multiple continents coming together to do a fusion of three musical styles, it is as lavish as a musical spread can get. In the words of American guitarist Sid Jacobs, this is “a jazz concert with Brazilian flavour and Indian spice.”
Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music’s upcoming S.A.M concert features international artistes who serve as their faculty for the spring semester. Given the mix of musicians, there will be a revisiting of works of two composers — North American composer George Gershwin and Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. “Both these composers represented a similar idea in their continents — of crossing over from popular music to classical,” says Jacobs, 61, who has been in the country since February. He assures that Miles Davis’ So What will be included, besides Along Came Betty by Benny Golson. “Our interpretation of Jerome Kern’s All The Things You Are is rather unusual,” he shares. He will be accompanied by Johann Berby from Reunion Island on bass.
Such a boundary-blurring attempt in music is exciting, confesses Mili Vizcaino, a vocalist and voice technique teacher from Spain. “This is very interesting for us conceptually, because we are incorporating few elements of Carnatic music into our musicalities,” says Mili, adding that they have been learning Carnatic music and its basic raga and tala structure from Ghatam Karthick and vocalist, Shreyas Narayanan, who also teaches at the academy. As a thanksgiving gesture, the musicians will perform a fusion piece, Nandri, composed jointly by Pablo Lapidusas from Argentina and Fabio Bergamini.
Yet another Indian composition in their repertoire is a song on Ambal in the ragam Rasikapriya. Contributing to the Brazilian flavour in the concert are pianist Pedro Carneiro and Brazilian drummer, Bergamini. The rhythmic formula of baiao, which has its origins in the North Eastern part of Brazil, will be incorporated in the fusion.
But that’s not all. Don’t be surprised if you hear them perform an Ilayaraja song! “On earlier occasions, the international faculty had performed numbers such as Pani Vizhum Malarvanam and Ilaya Nila,” says Carnatic musician Sreyas Narayanan, who will do the vocals along with Mili.
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