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Notes that spell hope



Vijay Venkat... fusing musical styles with elan

IT WAS like listening to some of Bruno Fergani's compositions. In their musical offering, Fergani and Vijay Venkat are poles apart. Although Fergani produces electro trance and Vijay composes jazz-fusion, the two have one thing in common. They both convey a sense of hope through their music. In Fergani's "Trance Of Love" and "Like A Dream," you see people reaching a sort of spiritual sublimation and when the tracks have run themselves out, a flood of positive energy courses through your being.

The string of compositions (his own) that Vijay played on his violin along with a keyboardist (Aparajith), a bass guitarist (Anu) and a drummer (John Karanakaran), at the Unwind Center this past Friday, left listeners in a buoyant mood.

"Raindrops" had drummer John simulating the pitter-patter sounds of rain. Then, Vijay stepped up the tempo, suggesting that the drizzle had graduated to a downpour.

For "Spirit of Spring," the drummer played almost alone for a while, with spasmodic notes from the bass guitarist. Then the other two joined in. The idea was to present a picture of the land slowly taking on the colours and spirit of spring. When the music hit a crescendo, you saw flowers blooming, butterflies hovering over them and the sky spread out like a clear sheet of blue.

With "The Merry Dancers", the drummer created the sounds of glass shattering to smithereens. Then he went berserk. The beats were fast and loud. When Vijay joined in, the notes reached a maddening pitch. With rapid swings of the bow, Vijay managed to convey the images of dancers swirling about merrily.

"The Cheerful Hearts" was again a fast-paced track that brought before your eyes heart-warming images of young ones clicking their feet and bouncing off walls.

When Vijay had emptied the bag, the music had got through so powerfully to the audience that they found themselves asking for more. And Vijay Venkat obliged with an on-the-spot composition.

PRINCE FREDERICK

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