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A Classical Guitar concert
A Classical Guitar concert

Madhur Tankha

The concert that brings together Jazz, Latina and Oriental music on Guitar

NEW DELHI: Music connoisseurs in the Capital will be treated to a special fusion concert of sarod and guitar this Saturday. Alliance Francaise de Delhi in collaboration with the French Embassy in India and Spedidam is hosting the concert at 72 Lodhi Estate here.

‘A Classical Guitar Concert’ will showcase the first-of-its-kind duet with French guitarist Philippe Loli and performer Thakur Chakrapani Singh, marrying the best of Western and Eastern styles of music.

The two musicians may be representing totally different styles of music but they share a common will to open musical borders, to entwine their strings and interpret in an odd way Jazz, Latina and Oriental music and even films soundtracks.

Born in Monaco in 1961, Philippe has performed in over 3,000 concerts. He has released 23 CDs and two of them were with John Mc. Laughlin of ‘Time Remembered’ and ‘The Promise’ frame. Musical projects connect him also with musicians such as Paco de Lucia, Al di Meola and Sting. He has also composed several classical concerts.

Tutored by sarod and dhrupad maestros, Chakrapani’s recitals clearly show his genius of perception into the mysteries of tonal relationship and nuances in the context of the raga. His unique style of guitar ‘vaadan’ highlights the strokes of sarod.

Chakrapani has improved the tonal quality of his guitar by adding 26 more strings, to cover all the Indian classical musical aspect.

He is a gold medallist in M.A. (Music) and senior graded artist in All India Radio and television.

At present Chakrapani is engaged in his established institution, the World School of Music, on the basis of traditional guru-shishya culture. He also remains busy with his performances, concerts and workshops, duly arranged by different musical establishments.

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