Indo-rock fusion with jazz-spiced rhythms
Posted October 15, 2009on:
Indian Ocean is a contemporary fusion music band from India. Some music critics describe the Indian Ocean music as “Indo-rock fusion with jazz-spiced rhythms that integrates shlokas, environmentalism, mythology and revolution”.
Their music defies labeling and there is no generic formula, it’s an amalgamation happening in your mind and heart – there is rock, western pop, Indi-pop, classical, ghazal and qawwali, and a hundred different types of Indian folk music. The fabulous four work together as a band, but have individualized styles, each quite different from the other.
The band had its genesis in 1990 when Susmit Sen met Asheem Chakravarty and their somewhat focused jamming sessions resulted in a few concerts. Susmit was on the guitar
Guitar and Asheem on tabla In 1990, with Shaleen Sharma on drums, they recorded their first demo. In 1991, Rahul Ram, a schoolmate of Susmit’s joined the band on bass. After a lot of persuasion, and on the strength of the demo tape, HMV
HMV agreed to record Indian Ocean’s first album in Kolkata.It took another year for it to be. In the first five years of the band’s existence they played exactly four concerts. Shaleen, the drummer, left the band in March, 1994. In his place came Amit Kilam, just out of his teens and still doing college exams.
Vocals were then added, Susmit and Asheem left their jobs and had kids. Music became their only source of income – when not playing concerts, they odd-jobbed on music for television serials, advertisements and documentaries.
Indian Ocean the hugely popular fusion music band from Delhi is currently on a US tour and coming soon to a city near you !……….Read more to know about Indo-rock fusion with jazz-spiced rhythms