Global Conversations

The Hindu Friday Review November Fest is on. It’s a 10 day long festival of music – and because it’s about music, it’s being held at the Music Academy.

So anyway, today was a concert by a group called the Global Conversations. Don’t let the name put you off. They are a Violin + Sax/Clarinet Duo, with others – Tabla, drums – Bass Guitar, Keyboard, joining in and having fun trying to out do each other.

No show in Madras begins on time, especially the ones that are held in Music Academy (it’s been my personal observation). Considering this, the show started quite early – just about 20 minutes behind schedule. By which time, given Music Academy’s rather cramped seats and narrow aisles, most of us in the auditorium were wishing we were out in the rain that was pelting the city crazy.

As for the music itself, it was really good. Good enough for me to ignore the cramped seats, narrow aisles and the day’s labours. Kala Ramnath, the violinist, stole the show, in my opinion. George Brooks, the Sax+Clarinet player was good through-out, and great in patches. Kai Eckhart on the Bass Guitar seemed to be the one who was having the most fun. The others helped move the show along.

Meanwhile, during the show, the city was really pelted by the rains. When it rains, it pours, really does. Thick sheet like raindrops pelting out their own rhythms on car tops and motorcycle tanks.

What I am looking forward to, as a concert is, the one on Sunday, the 19th. Umayalpuram Sivaraman + Ravikiran + Viswa Mohan Bhatt, ought to be a good combination. Except, I am not sure I would fancy another 2 hours on the cramped seats… (Oh, I’ve said that, have I?)

2 Comments so far

  1. Navneeth (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 12:55 am

    Oh, please! Don’t ever remind me about those damned seats; I could’ve got better on an MTC! I don’t remember it being so uncomfortable when I attend quizzes there. I was there last saturday, and I should say the music relieved half the pain. Good concert, btw.


  2. musafir (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 4:37 pm

    Interesting point u have there CCG. The Music Academy has a long heritage and patronage. So many talented and renowned artists have performed there. However the administration does not care two hoots for the audience. The seating, the toilets, the parking, the refreshments, etc, give a rather pathetic image of the office bearers of the academy. I am sure this has not escaped their notice. However, things remain the same. Compare it to something similar abroad (think – the opera in Sydney) and one kinda feels pity for the chennai music/arts lover.



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