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Fusion music in Chennai

Renowned violinist, Dr M Lalitha, will be collaborating and performing with internationally-acclaimed saxophonist George Brooks on January 13 at 6 p.m. for the ‘Chennai Global Music Festival 2012’ at Express Grounds, near Express Avenue mall, Chennai.

The other artistes include Tiruvallikeni Santakumar on the tavil, Maynard Grant on the drums and Vadapadirimangalam Ramani on the mridangam, kanjira and konakkol.

Dr M Lalitha

Dr Lalitha, who hails from a violin empire from India, has performed globally her spell-binding music and has been acclaimed as the only female duo in Asia, along with her sister M. Nandini, to perform world music, south Indian classical, fusion and Western classical.

George Brooks

Hailed as the leading American voice in Indian jazz fusion, saxophonist and composer George Brooks has performed with such artistes such as Terry Riley, John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, Larry Coryell, Etta James, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, and Anthony Braxton.

He has performed at major festivals throughout India and appears on numerous Indian recordings and the soundtracks of Indian. In 2008, George was the featured saxophone soloist on John McLaughlin’s Grammy-nominated ‘Floating Point’ CD. He is the founder of several important Indian fusion groups, including ‘Summit’ with Fareed Haque, Kai Eckhardt, Zakir Hussain and Steve Smith.

He now collaborates with Dr Lalitha for the Chennai Global Music Festival 2012.

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