Akasha to serve up great fusion vibes

WORLD music fans can have blast on March 22 and 23 when Akasha takes the stage at the KL Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC) in Sentul.

Akasha is Jamie Wilson (compositions, guitar, gambus, vocals), Sivabalan Shanmuga Sundram (mridangam, ganjira, vocal percussions), Greg Henderson (bass guitar), Kumar Karthigesu (sitar, dilruba), Vick Ramakrishnan (tabla, vocal percussions) and Badar Ben Taleb (world percussions, vocals).

For their KLPAC performances, the group will also be featuring guest artist Eric Li (piano)

Akasha merges various genres together for an exotic sound that includes everything from Celtic roots music and American blues to Indian konnukol or voices percussion and Spanish rhythms.

The music is a seamless bond of East and West and even the instruments, which include the sitar, tabla, djembe, mridangam, bass guitar and jass piano, are testament to this mixing of musical styles.

The shows will be 90-minute extravaganzas that will kick off with the band’s Bourbon Lassi that features Indian vocal percussions that segue into a lively Irish Riverdance number before finishing with a flourish of the blues.

Other songs to look out for include Ants in My Turban with its Russian inspirations, Damascus for a bit of Middle Eastern flavour, Bombay Bossanova for an Indian twist to the Latin rhythms and Brickfields Blues.

Audiences can also look forward to some improvised moments and explore the full depth of the group. All the above songs are available on the group’s CD but the live versions can be very different.

Akasha will also perform a number of tracks not found on the CD as well as cover versions of several standards.

Tickets are available through the KLPAC box office at RM57 each, including a complimentary CD.

For details, call 03-4047 9000 or visit www.klpac.org.

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