As you may have read in a previous post, I am now in the process of discovering Indian fusion cuisine. I stumbled upon it last year while preparing a dinner party. One of the recipes I had selected was a traditional Italian soup but by the time it reached the table, several popular Indian spices and a few Indian cooking techniques had infiltrated it. My husband loved what I had done and a new direction had been set. However, I enjoy musical fusion as well…
I recently received a link from John Wubbenhorst to music that he thought I might enjoy since I love anything related to flutes and flute music. I was hooked when he titled the email “What if J. S Bach had gone to India?” and had to learn more.
His link described a piece called, “Facing Beloved” on his Facing East CD as east/west fusion music that integrated a bit of one of my all time favorite Bach sonatas played on a North Indian bansuri flute with traditional Indian rhythms performed by two South Indian percussionists. This music is a fusion on many levels, not just eastern drumming with a western melody but also North and South Indian musical styles and techniques. After listening to the song, I had to hear more. Check out his CDs.
His compositions reached me not just because of the musical beauty but by the fusion aspects as well. In some pieces I heard lively jazz rhythms, reflective melodies and contemporary styles all on one CD. The music would be great background music as I write blog entries, create new fusion recipes or chill out with my family at the end of a long day.
Thank you, John, for your amazing musical fusions!
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