Bangalore: On Sunday, the amphitheatre at the Chitrakala Parishat will reverberate with the sound of Emergence, an acoustic band whose Indo-fusion inspiration has no doubt something to do with its place of origin – the township of Auroville near Pondicherry.
The band performs at the Levi’s Sunday Jam, a live interactive event regularly held on the first Sunday of every month in Bangalore. Now in its second decade, it has developed a dedicated cult following of musicians and art lovers and some 15 bands are performing this time. The riffs start sounding around five in the evening.
As for the band Emergence, the blend of cultural backgrounds and languages, instruments and melodies holds the promise of a unique musical experience. And so you have it: lyrics in English, Tamil and French; multilayered textures of guitar, poetic lyricism and the melodies of the Carnatic idiom, with the infusion of talam, funk, jazz and bass.
Equally eclectic are the members of the band. Guitarist and singer Krishna is also an accomplished songwriter. He came to Auroville at the age of 19 from the United Kingdom and has since been developing his own unique style of guitar and song writing, and is influenced by diverse musical genres such as jazz, Indian classical music, bossa nova, and also inevitably by legends Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. Krishna has also created a self-sustaining community in Auroville that grows its own food and lives close to nature.
Lowell Harrison, a drummer from Boston, has played extensively across the U.S., and has opened for such musicians as Mike Patton and Quiet Riot. He has studied funk, jazz and fusion styles. Mr. Lowell lives in Auroville too, where his activities include farming and blacksmithing, besides of course, making music.
Mishko M’Ba is a bass player from France who has spent the last 25 years playing and recording around the world with many great musicians such as Ray Charles and Barbara Hendrix.
Kirupa from Sri Lanka is a Carnatic violinist and vocalist, salsa dancer and an admirer of Latin music. He comes from a family of musicians and began his musical education with his father.
He came to India during the civil war in Sri Lanka at the age of 14. Besides recording several classical and fusion albums, he has played accompaniment for some of South India’s greatest dancers.