FusionBhopal: Observing the World Heritage Week, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sanghralaya organised an Indian and Foreign instrumental fusion music programme ‘Swar-Maitry’ on Wednesday where renowned Sitar player from India, Smita Nagdev collaborated with Musicians from France and Belgium. Smita Nagdev (Sitar player), have been experimenting to find new directions in Music with the musicians of other traditions such as European, American, African Etc from time to time. This time she collaborated with Musicians from France and Belgium to explore new dimensions of both these musics through our unique style of musical presentations. She was accompanied in the performance by Florian, the flautist from France, Jean-Phillipe a Belgian percussionist, and Cyrille a Belgian Double Bassist, (total 4 musicians on stage) presented the original flavor of both, Indian classical and Western music as a fusion.
The presentation commenced with solo sitar performance of Raaga Yaman by Smita Nagdev followed by western classical by the foreign musicians. In the next Ms. Smita and the musicians together present ‘Golden sun’, blend of Indian classical music and the western, followed by ‘Amirigo’. The last performance of the eve was Gandhiji’s famous Bhajan ‘Raghupati raghav rajaram’ and the fusion was entitled as ‘together for peace’ a message to the listeners asking to work towards world peace. Earlier the artists were welcomed with bouquets and the huge crowd cheered on every performance.
Florian Guibert – Flute: After studying fine arts in Poitiers, France, Florian dedicates himself to music and get a diploma in Jazz studies from the Chichester College of Music in England. Since his debut, he’s been exploring many musical genres and styles, from traditional Australia to Latin America, via India. He’s been working for theatre for a creation by Matthias Langoff at the Comédie Française in Paris. Busy in different music bands in England, France and Belgium, he tours in india with his audio visual project IF Trio in 2013. Eager to experiment new things, Florian Guibert has been taking part in the jazz scene, contemporary and improvised music.