When French Jazz meets Rajasthani folk music

Feb 27, 2014, 11:01 IST | The GUIDE Team

Moving away from traditional Indian and Western Fusion sounds, Nirmaan, a collaboration between a Rajasthani Folk singer and five French Jazz musicians, will present a unique blend of Jazz and Maand, a traditional folk style of singing from Rajasthan. The band will be performing today at the Blue Frog.

Members of the band Nirmaan

The band was formed in 2013, after they meet in Jaipur, and since then, has been performing around the world, including their recent tour across India.

Parveen Sabrina Khan, a Rajasthani Maand singer of Indo-French origin, and Breton singer Erik Marchand lead Nirmaan. The band combines traditional Jazz instruments like bass clarinet (Etienne Cabaret), violin and keyboard (Pierre Droual), electric guitar (Antoine Lahay) and drums (Jean-Marie Nivaigne). The band’s USP is its unique sound that blends strong notes with meditative moods and electric tones with timeless melodies. The band relies a lot on improvising their sound, thus offering a new experience at every performance.

Khan hails from a long musical lineage of Maand singers and had wowed everyone with her performance at the Rajasthan International Folk Festival in 2011. The French musicians are from Brittany in France, a region known for its unique vocal Folk music. Apart from traditional Breton Folk and Indian Classical, their music is highly influenced by Alternative Rock and Pop.

Don’t miss their performance as they mix their varied styles and influences with strong notes that they are known for.

On, Today, 10 pm onwards
At Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel.
Call 61586158
Entry Rs 350, Rs 1000 (cover)

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