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Crisp melodies

Masala Dosa came to India to find a bridge between European and Indian music styles



COMING TOGETHER To celebrate the spirit of fusion

Masala Dosa started playing together as a school-band, broke up, had new additions, different styles and was known by different names.

Till they founded Masala Dosa with contemporaries at jazz school. In ’97, Pierre-Jean Duffour came to India to learn the sitar under Tarak Nath Mishra in Benares. French band “Masala Dosa” which comprises brothers Pierre-Jean Duffour on the sitar and bassist Brice Duffour and Franck Lemoine performed recently with guest artist bansuri player Ravichandra Kulur at the Black Dog Indigo and Blues Jazz Festival.

They came to India to find a bridge between European and Indian music styles. And “Masala Dosa” is this band’s way of creating and cooking the two spices.

“To celebrate the spirit of fusion, we decided that “Masala Dosa” is the way we also arrange our songs — like a sauce.”

Elaborate the brothers on the influence of music and background:

“Our parents are jazz artists and we wanted to take that background forward, by creating music for the future.” Their first album was titled “Baraka” and their second, “Chill Aum”.

They took time to arrive at their musical style, and every album, they say, is very different from the others.

“This is our second tour in India, but we’ve been coming to India every year, for the last 12 years.” Masala Dosa has collaborated with artists from Anoushka Shankara, Manu Dibango to Adrian Sherwood.

“It is the relationships that we form with artistes and people who work in the music industry from technicians to studio workers from all over the world that we cherish.”

Their third album, called “Electro World Curry”, was produced in Peter Gabriel studios.

“We have been influenced by the Asian electronic music especially by Indians and Pakistanis in London and it has also elements of rock, jazz, hip-hop, bass, R&B, percussion and more!” say the band, handing over their business card which pictures Ganesha with a mini-calendar on the reverse.

For more details, visit www.masalasound.com

AYESHA MATTHAN

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