Listen to the gypsies

Jun 10, 2014, 07:47 IST | Swapnal Tilekar

Fusion is not a strange word in music anymore. Here is a band that blends Indian Classical music with diverse World musical traditions ranging from an African tune to an Irish song

Mumbai-based band, Indo Gypsies are known for their brand of World music blended with the tunes of Folk music. Experimental by intent, they love fusing different genres of music together such as New Age, Western as well as Indian Classical to create their tunes.

Indo Gypsies performing at various venues
Indo Gypsies performing at various venues

The band is leading the wagon of Indian bands who believe in keeping the Indian-ness alive through their music. On the other hand, the gypsy part of them indicates their journey as eternal travellers, treating the whole world as their home.
Nayan Kawale, lead guitarist of the band says, “Indian Folk is our main genre but we like to use diverse World music like African and Irish as well. It gives a very different and fresh feel to the vocals and composition.”

Indo Gypsies performing

Surprisingly, there was no vocalist in the band when it started off in 2007. Kawale remembers, “I and Durgesh Khot (on the keyboards) were studying in the same college, Parshwanath College of Engineering, Thane. But we never had a clue about our similar interests. Later, for our college festival, we decided to form a band and perform; but as we did not have any vocalist, we performed only instrumental. We continued performing for various festivals like Navratri and Ganapati. As it felt necessary to have a vocalist in the band, we collaborated with Saurabh Shetye and later other members joined us. This way, Indo Gypsies was born in 2011.”

The band line up comprises Saurabh Shetye on the vocals, Nayan Kawale on guitar, keyboardist Durgesh Khot,  drummer and percussionist Amit Mhatre, Vinayak Gawas on tabla and percussions, and lastly, Aditya Jain on the bass.

Indo Gypsies has played at many live concerts all over India and is now gearing up for a global tour. Also known to be one of the most prolific live acts from India, the band is now getting ready for the release of its highly awaited studio album and an official video. Kawale says, “We have composed five songs for our album which is available online now. Indo Gypsies is also releasing its official EP which will have an exclusive video. We will present all our songs in the upcoming performance in the city. There is also one surprise element in it as in one of our songs we have used the conch shell to give it a very raw Indian touch. It’s again a fusion number to watch out for.”

On: June 11, 9 pm onwards
At: High Spirits Cafe, Mundhwa.
Call: 9371006430

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