Indians like all kinds of music, says Kevin Fox
It’s often during Christmas, that choir groups in the city get noticed for their performances in public. But this time, way ahead of the festival, you’ll find Grammy award-winning choir director Kevin Fox. “I’m here to hold workshops with different choir groups in India,” says Fox.
He has been part of many international choirs, yet this is the first time he has set foot in India. “India is the 47th country I have visited. And before I left my country, I got a list of places to visit in the city, from my friends who grew up here,” says the 42-year-old.
He has many plans for the one month he’s here. “I’m waiting for a choir from Yale, America and have to be here till March. Apart from conducting workshops as part of Classical Movements’ India Choral Fellowship, I’ve thought of exploring Indian food. But I have been warned to order carefully. My friends said, if you order for something that’s average spicy, it will turn out super hot, and you will not be able to handle anything spicy,” he laughs.
Impressed by the level of dedication Indians have towards music, he says, “Indian musicians are ready to take up ideas that I have. For instance, the other day I was with a Delhi choir and told them that how you breathe affects your singing, and they followed the suggestion.”
“Also, there’s great love for classical music among Indians,” adds Fox, who is amazed at the richness of Indian classical music and it’s similarity with Western classical genre. “If you go to any country, the music that you hear is just like what you hear in America. But in India, that’s not the case. Even Bollywood music, which is so popular here, is part of Indian culture.”
If you go to any country, the music that you hear is just like what you hear in America. But in India, that’s not the case KEVIN FOX, MUSICIAN