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MUSIC: KHAMIRA FUSES WELSH FOLK WITH INDIAN CLASSICAL AT G5A

Friday, January 12, 2018

G5A, in association with The British Council, Wales Arts International and Gatecrash, brings world music band Khamira to Mumbai for the first time. Steep yourself in a unique blend of Welsh-folk, jazz, rock, and Indian classical as the band takes you on a musical journey across the globe.

In November 2015, Welsh jazz-folk band Burum, consisting of Tomos Williams, Dave Jones, Aidan Thorne and Mark O’Connor, travelled to India. Taken by the music and culture, they collaborated with Indian musicians Aditya Balani, Suhail Yusuf Khan and Vishal Nagar. And that’s how Khamira (Burum in Hindi, which means yeast) was born. Their music is experimental and innovative, with each musician adding intricacy and diversity to the sound.

Anuradha Parikh, founder and artistic director at G5A, says, “There are some exemplary musicians nurturing traditional folk music and simultaneously experimenting with the form to bring a new contemporary voice to audiences. To get a chance to listen to these musicians is rare enough, but to experience an intimate concert with them is very special! So, we’re very excited about Khamira performing at G5A.”

Khamira band member Tomos Williams says, “Our music is a real mix of influences and cultures. We use Welsh folk melodies as the starting point for many of our songs. We then fuse these beautiful melancholic melodies with Indian classical music and jazz to create vibrant music. There have been many ‘fusion’ projects over the years that use Indian classical music and instrumentation in a jazz or folk context, but we use all of these influences while remaining focused on the melodies and also allowing for the dynamic improvisation elements of jazz.”

When: Wednesday, January 18, 9pm

Where: Laxmi Mills Compound, Shakti Mills Lane, Mahalaxmi

Contact: www.bookmyshow.com

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