Sound of Fu­sion

India Today - - CHENNAI - By Krithika Suku­mar

Cty-based in­de­pen­dent mu­sic band, In­doSoul by Karthick Iyer, lay­ers their ‘clas­si­cal-at-heart’ mu­sic with global in­flu­ences. Cur­rently work­ing on their fourth al­bum that will com­bine clas­si­cal In­dian mu­sic with elec­tronic in­flu­ences, In­doSoul by Karthick Iyer is no new name to lovers of fu­sion mu­sic in Chen­nai. “At In­doSoul, we all come from di­verse mu­sic back­grounds and work to­gether to find com­mon ground. We try and go be­yond just jam­ming to­gether, to un­der­stand­ing each other’s gen­res,” says Karthick Iyer, a trained Carnatic vi­o­lin­ist and vo­cal­ist, who formed the band six years ago. “A bunch of us were per­form­ing our own ver­sions of pop­u­lar film numbers and clas­si­cal mu­sic at my sis­ter’s wed­ding, and the au­di­ence loved it. The idea took off from there,” re­counts Iyer.

While they con­tinue to belt out cov­ers of pop hits and con­tem­po­rary Carnatic at wed­dings and events, their orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions have at­tracted a fol­low­ing that recog­nises their unique sound. Their first fu­sion al­bum In­doSoul: Look­ing within to look be­yond launched three years ago and the sec­ond – The Pallavi

Shift- which show­cased six Carnatic songs with RnB, pop and jazz, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Puducherry-based pian­ist Dondieu Divin, both aim to make In­dian clas­si­cal mu­sic more ap­proach­able to au­di­ences who grew up lis­ten­ing to very dif­fer­ent gen­res of mu­sic.

Their third al­bum too, which they pre­miered on a tour of the USA late last year, con­tains five orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions, and two kri­tis of Saint Tya­garaja," There’s a kriti with hard rock, and one of our songs—Sara­mati com­bines poetry by the re­li­gious singer Pithukuli Mu­ru­gadas, and Por­tuguese poet Fer­nando Pes­soa,” says Iyer, who has been per­form­ing for over 20 years, and has worked with names like A.R. Rah­man and Devi Sri Prasad from the film in­dus­try. With guitarist Vikram Vivekanand, bassist Resh­win Nishith, mri­dan­gam player Sumesh Narayan and drum­mer Ramku­mar Kanakara­jan com­plet­ing the en­sem­ble, the band is con­stantly look­ing at newer col­lab­o­ra­tions.

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