Sunday, October 16, 2011

SRI LANKA: Harsha Makalande-Khrome

"Sri Lankan pianist and composer Harsha Makalande, for instance, has his own version of fusion jazz, blending Asian elements and instruments like local drums and the oboe. But for him too, it is mainly a means to communicate feelings. And that’s why at his performance at the NCPA on Sunday with his band Khrome, Makalande will be playing mostly instrumental numbers.

“Music goes beyond language, it directly associates your mind; words can compartmentalise your thoughts,” he says.
Makalande is happy to see a revival of jazz in his country, particularly among the youth. “Sometime back they thought it was subdued music, now they realise it can be an energetic and active form of music,” he says." (DNA India)