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BlueFROG Presents Koda Coda
December 9, 9:00 pm
Koda Coda represents a dual identity : two spellings for the same pronunciation. It is the meeting point between three French musicians and three Indian musicians, who use the common language of music as a way to share their practicies and their customs, in order to build a common repertory that would be both rich and unique.
In December 2017, three French musicians : Malik Berki (electronics and turntables), Bastien Charlery (accordian and vocals), and Margaret Hermant (violin) travelled to Bangalore to meet with three Indian musicians : Geetha Navale (veena), Arjun MPN (flute) and N.S. Krishna Prasad (ghatam). Together, for the 10 days of their residence, they brought their musical universes closer, articulated and adapted the western musical approach to that of the Carnatic school in order to initiate the process of realising a common body of work in Bangalore.
Western, and particularly French music, from Marc Perrone to Claude Nougaro, as well as other texts written in French for the occasion imbibe the French language with a whole new colour that is both astonishing and universal.
Moreover, the universality of this music is best represented when the accordion leaves its imprint on Carnatic music and decorates it in its own way.
At the end of our first residence, the warm welcome of the audience makes us confident about our endeavour, and makes us want to develop further this form that creates an alliance between the French and Indian musical styles and languages.