Wednesday, November 5, 2008
"Piper & the Princess"* in Kolkata
Ian Anderson of the British rock group "Jethro Tull" fame is teaming up for a series of 5 concerts with sitarist Anoushka Shankar in India. The concert kicks off in Kolkata on the 27th of this month.
I visited a Tull concert in Bengaluru three years back. Ian Anderson seemed to have lost his voice then , leaving out high-pitched vocals to give space to instrumentals . But the penchant for showmanship boosted by his indefatigable energy was still evident. Probably the latter makes his live concerts worth visiting .
A folk -rocker famed to have introduced the "flute" to the concerts, Ian is versatile with the harmonica & guitar too.
Anoushka Shankar , who carries a rich tradition of fusion music from her family, is a celebrated performer herself making this unique jam-up an interesting band to look forward to.
Kolkata has generally been out of the concert circuit for quite a long time while the big bands play their gigs regularly in Mumbai, Bengaluru & Delhi.
Hopefully, this Tull concert will set a new trend in Kolkata.
Listen to the clip below from the Kolkata concert.
Picture: A water color painting dated March'93 by Salty
*Note : "Piper & the Princess" is the title of the concert