Celebrating world music

Hyderabad's American Bluegrass Music Band 'Banjara Hillibillies' performing during at the Fete de la Musique. Photo: Nagara Gopal  

A fine weather welcomed the gentle folk of Hyderabad who gathered under a white canopy to celebrate world music along with some good food and wine. Fête de la Musique also known as the World Music Day was conceived by Jack Lang – the French Minister of Culture in 1981 and have since been celebrated all over the world. As the director of the Hyderabad Alliance Francaise Jean-Manuel Duhaut joked, “To prove that we are not always late in Hyderabad we decided to celebrate Fête de la Musique in advance.”

The evening began with a western classical music performance by Iryna Tsarenko, Sanjukta Koppoku and Ajay Sharma on the piano and Anoushka Shahane on soprano. Their repertoire mostly included classical music from the 19th century. Tsarenko began with a Frédéric Chopin's romantic ballet. After hitting on soulful romantic notes, Ajay Sharma played the composition of one of the finest Russian pianist of romanticism Sergei Rachmaninoff. Their repertoire ended on a high and powerful note by duet from the opera Eugene Onegin composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

After the romantic symphonies, came the Jazz trio with Ujjal Kumar Saha on jazz guitar, Benjamin Christopher on bass and Praveen David on the drums. Their rhythms had the smoothness of classical jazz with amalgamation of edgy of modern sound. Their rendition of Latin jazz was upbeat and groovy.

Following the soothing tones of jazz, it was Max Turner's turn on the vocals and guitar with Eugene Yuvaraj on the drums. Max Turner born in Hamburg liked to call himself a nomad which reflected in most of his songs when he said, “For me home is not related to any concrete feeling as it is supposed to be.” His songs had the feel-good factor of country music and versatility of folk. Singing from his forthcoming solo album and saying, “For the time being it's called music,” he wooed the audience with his music.

It was the turn of the Banjara Hillbillies to take the stage. Specialising in bluegrass music which is a form of American country music, their songs are mostly about nostalgia and love and life. The band was formed after a couple of impromptu jam sessions at the local coffee shop by Patrick Dempsey on mandolin, Elvin John, guitarist and vocalist, Scott Kingsbury on guitar and Daniel McCullough on the banjo.

The evening ended with a performance by Betty Argo a French band, with Lena Roucaute on the vocals, Samuel Strouk on the bass guitar, Jeremie Pontier on drums and Arnaud Cabibel on guitar. Their music was eclectic with a tinge of jazz, world, soul and reggae, all synchronised in perfect harmony.

The event was organised by Alliance Francaise in association with Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad and the U.S Consulate.

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