Shafaat Ahmed Khan jams with Minna Raskinen and
not 'soulless' electronic music either; a new Finnish-Indian
band will present their version of world music in the
Fusion is a
big confusion. Or that's what the newly formed Finnish-Indian
band tells you. The five-member band-Minna Raskinen, Kamal
Sabri (sarangi), Jukka Tolonen (progressive rock guitar),
Ustad Shafaat Ahmed Khan (tabla), Markku Ounaskari (Finnish
jazz drummer) will be presenting their version of world
music at a concert to be held in Kamani Auditorium.
So new is the band that they
haven't decided on a name as yet. And unlike most music
in this genre, the band claims their fusion will neither
be jarring or incoherent. Techno fans can look elsewhere
as this group firmly believes in order not playing "any
soulless electronic musical equipment."
"As far as Indians
are concerned, Finland lies on the other side of the globe.
We are trying to give a glimpse of Finland through our music,"
says Sabri. Raskinen will be playing the kantele, Finland's
national instrument. Kantele is a typically Finnish musical
instrument and is carved from the jawbone of pike. While
it creates a delicate, meditative tune, sarangi emanates
haunting, traditional notes. Jazz drummer Markku Ounaskari
who will also perform at the concert is considered a 'stylish'
musician in Finland.
Despite the talent
of the band, Raskinen who was last here in 1994 admits candidly,
"It's been one hour since we have been practicing and we
are both playing our own music. So far it isn't making much
sense. Wait for another week and you will hear something