Sound of Fusion
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.