Monday, July 25, 2011

Jazz, rock and world music in India

B Flat and Radio Indigo will present an evening of jazz, rock and world music with Dhruv (Mumbai) featuring Dhruv Ganekar (guitar), Tala Faral (saxophone/keyboard), Sheldon d’Silva (bass) and Gino Banks (drums) on July 29 at 8.30 pm.
Dhruv Ghanekar is a composer, producer and highly respected guitar player based in Mumbai. As a guitar player he has attended MI (California) and Berklee College (Boston) on scholarship.
He has also performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in music in India and on the International arena — Richard Bona, Trilok Gurtu, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Bernard Purdee, A R Rahman, Raul Midon, Bob Belden, Scott Kinsey, Etienne M’Bappe, Dominic Dipiazza, Louis Banks and Ranjit Barot to name a few.
Dhruv Ganekar began studying Indian classical music at the age of nine.
His love for the guitar began while still in school and in a few years he founded Chakraview, a rock band.
However, 1996 saw the end of Chakraview, and the beginning of his working relationship with Ashutosh Phatak. Dhruv and Ashu cofounded Smoke Studios and begun an extremely successful career at music-makers for ad films and alternative movies, with over 3000 projects delivered to date.
Dhruv continued to study music, and learned under the great sarangi exponent Sultan Khan. In 1997, Dhruv’s desire for a more formal education in music, mainly jazz, led him to the Musicians Institute in California and the Berklee College of Music.
Distance is Dhruv’s debut as a solo artist. This fusion or world effort will set precedents for all world artists emerging from the continent.
With virtuoso arrangements, peaceful orchestration and an ability to bridge Jazz and contemporary Indian sounds, Dhruv is a complete guitarist, musician and songwriter.
He is the co founder of the path breaking Blue Frog which encompasses a state of the art live performance venue, recording studios, label and music production company.
He plays an eclectic cross between jazz rock and world sound, ably accompanied by Indian jazz stars Gino Banks and Sheldon D’Silva and the inimitable Tala Faral, who has wowed Bangalore’s jazz lovers with his incredible mastery over the saxophone and keyboard alike.
Source: India