KOCHI: Indo-German Jazz ensemble ‘Roots and Shoots’ led by renowned jazz artist and composer Sebastian Gramss will perform on Sunday, November 22, at the Co-Bank Auditorium.
The ensemble has German artistes Sebastian Gramss on double bass, Matthias Muche on the trombone and Erwin Ditzner on drums, Indian artistes Hindol Deb on the sitar, Paras Nath on the flute and Amit Mishra on tabla. The six award winning musicians have come together to move beyond World Music and Fusion clich’s to explore new musical grounds combining aspects of both musical traditions, organisers Goethe-Zentrum said in a statement.
It was in 2013 that Deb and Gramss came together to create an engaging Indo-German music project that is driven by an intense mutual curiosity, their friendship as artists and by a deep interest in a meaningful cultural partnership.
“ The collaboration aims to update and redefine misleading common perceptions that Indians and Germans have of each other, which are sometimes defined by cliches. These stereotypes are filtered and transmitted through the medium of music for a broad and active exchange with new content,” the Goethe-Zentrum said. Through their collaboration, Deb and Gramss discovered broad overlaps in the music of the two cultures. Together with Amit Mishra and Paras Nath from India and Matthias Muche and Erwin Ditzner from Germany, they explored different cultural roots and traditions (Roots) and the ensuing new fruits and sprouts (Shoots) led to the unique artistic exchange Roots and Shoots.
The concert will begin at 7 pm. Entry is free. Free passes can be downloaded from www.goethe-zentrum/jazz.