Hot on the heels of the runaway success of Tanya Wells’ cosmopolitan take on the ghazal is another East/ West fusion offering – but this time in the inverse.
The Fusion Project are an eight-piece band which aim to promote classical Indian traditions by working them into western pop music. The band – many of whom are studying important things at Oxford University, Imperial College and the like – features classically trained musicians on flute, bass guitar, cello, clarinet. There are four vocalists – including Rushul Ranjan who provides the Western vocals, and the beautiful tones of Krishna K. V, the band’s Carnatic singer.
The band’s repertoire includes covers of Ed Sheeran’s I Am Fire, and their new song – a version of Adele’s Hello – which they will be performing at a concert at the Bhavan Centre as part of the Hammersmith and Fulham Arts Festival. The performance will feature collaborations with Indian classical dancers, and you can get a flavour of it all in their Hello video here.
Our favourite track of theirs though, is this gorgeous, bansuri-starring rendition of Hallelujah. Have a listen here, and see concert details at the end of the post.
When: Saturday 11th June 2016, 7.30pm
Where: The Bhavan Centre, 4A Castletown Road, London W14 9HE
Posted by SK on 29 May 2016
Photo from The Fusion Project