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NEETI SARKAR
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CONCERT Daughter of the illustrious Pandit Ravi Shankar and a musician in her own right, Norah Jones will perform in the city

Dad and sister are personal favouritesNorah Jonesphoto: Frank W. Ockenfels
Dad and sister are personal favouritesNorah Jonesphoto: Frank W. Ockenfels

She is one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful artistes in the world and despite being the daughter of one of India’s most illustrious musicians; she will perform live in India for the first time ever in March 2013.

Nine-time Grammy winner, Norah Jones, will kick-off the three-city tour with a headlining performance at A Summer’s Day ( new music festival produced by Only Much Louder, the company behind music festivals like the Bacardi NH7 Weekender and Eristoff Invasion) in Mumbai, followed by concerts in New Delhi and in Bangalore. Jones first emerged on the world stage a decade ago with the 2002 release of Come Away with Me that introduced a singular new voice and grew into a global phenomenon, sweeping the 2003 Grammy Awards and signalling a paradigm shift from the prevailing synthetic pop music of the time. Since then, the talented artiste has sold over 40 million albums worldwide, releasing a series of critically acclaimed and commercially successful solo albums — Feels Like Home (2004), Not Too Late (2007), The Fall (2009), and Little Broken Hearts (2012) — as well as two albums with her country collective, The Little Willies.

Norah Jones speaks to MetroPlus about her maiden tour in India, her music and what she’s got on the cards.

Are you excited about your first tour in India? Why did you choose now to finally perform in the country?

I’m excited to come. It’s also bittersweet because my Dad just passed away. I’ve never played in India, so that’s one reason to do it, and also my Dad has always wanted me to play there. It’s always just been a matter of timing, and adding on to tours. It’s just never worked out in the past. I’m usually so tired by the end of the tour that I never want to add the faraway places because I’d be tired. This time I planned it a while ago and my Dad was really asking me to do it, and I thought it would be nice for him and for me. So it’s very sad that he’s gone now, but I know he was very excited that I was going to be playing in India, so that’s a nice thing.

Which has been your favourite album (composed by you so far) and what about it do you like most?

I don’t know. I think the newest thing is always the favourite – it’s what you’re closest to, and I think that’ll probably be true for a long time. I think I’ll need another 10 years to reflect and choose a real favourite.

Who are your biggest musical influences and inspirations?

Every year I change and get inspired by different things. I find inspiration in all kinds of places. It’s really hard to put into words, but I’ve definitely broadened and changed over the years, and probably will continue to do that.

Your audience is pretty wide. There are twenty-somethings as well as folks triple that age.

It’s great. It’s totally random. Sometimes there will be older people, sometimes there will be college kids, and sometimes there will be people my age. It’s great.

If there was an Indian artiste/band you could collaborate with, who would it be?

At this point in the tour, there’s not going to be a lot of room for anything other than the shows, but I’m always open to things, always. I’m really mostly familiar with my dad and sister. They’re my personal favourites. I’ve heard a lot of music from them over the past few years that I love and I never remember anyone’s names. I have a really great old Bollywood soundtrack compilation that I listen to sometimes. I do love that old Bollywood music which is so good.

What does the rest of 2013 have lined up for you?

I’m just going to be doing this tour which is going be long and fun, and in the middle of it, singing at the Oscars is on. After the tour in India, I’m going to have some time off. I’m not sure what I’m going to do, and I’m excited to have no plans, for a while.

Norah Jones will be performing in Mumbai on March 3, in New Delhi on

March 5 and 6, and in Bangalore on March 8 at Nice Grounds near BIEC.

Tickets for A Summer’s Day concerts (for all three cities) are

available through www.nh7.in/asummersday and BookMyShow.com. In

Bangalore, tickets are priced at Rs. 2,500 and VIP tickets at Rs.

6000.

NEETI SARKAR

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