In­di­ans like all kinds of mu­sic, says Kevin Fox

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Henna Rakheja henna.rakheja@htlive.com

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

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