Gigs, dance, art

May 22nd, 2010: Pandit Jasraj

@theatre de la ville

Indian music remains for the most part out of my reach, because I just lack the proper training to know what I should focus on. Pandit Jasraj seemed easier though, maybe because there was a more melodic side to his singing, and maybe too because there was a female singer — Tripti Mukerjee — as well, and that made for interesting changes with different voices alternating. That was easy enough for me to follow. The musical accompaniment was rather unobtrusive, with tabla and harmonium quite secondary but providing just the right support for the voices. I’m not exactly thrilled about the electric tambura though, a bit too loud. Pandit Jasraj still has a great voice, and its range was just striking, especially at first when he hit the lowest notes. Kinda the Johnny Cash of Indian singing, or at least that what I thought at the time.

I’m not really sure I enjoyed this show more than usual. The melodic side made me follow more of it, but I missed the rhythmic part. I’m starting to think I’m not going to get Indian music anytime soon, and I’m having second thoughts about hoarding a ticket to these sold out shows when one of the people left out would like it more.

May 29, 2010 - Posted by | Music | ,

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