Sunday, July 22, 2012

Staccato: Chennai's Olympics connect

The London Olympics has been creating a buzz for various reasons, and primarily among the British
 population considering it’s coinciding with their Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration. However, on the Indian sub-continent, things are also getting more interesting not just among sporting circles.

A 15-member band from Chennai has been invited to perform at the International Cultural fest that takes place on the sidelines of the Games.On July 30 and August 2, they will occupy the coveted main band stand and perform a string of their compositions. In an invitation to this Indian contemporary-classical group, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has requested them to also perform at various other parts of the Olympic Park on these days.

Called Staccato, the troupe is the first Indian band ever to be invited by an Olympic Committee
to perform at the event. The fusion band comprising a bunch of teenagers is one of the two bands of Asia selected by "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle from among 10,000 entries world over.

This band previously landed in international spotlight for the soundtrack for the film Thinapayanam,which won accolades for the best score at the Paris Film Festival.In the year 2011, Staccato represented
India at the World Finals of Tum Tum Pa, a percussion event organised by Red Bull in Brazil.

The band is likely to go in full strength, as they would be required to perform in front of 2,50,000 spectators and on a stage that can accommodate around 40 musicians. It consists of Sruthi Saagar, Vikram Sarathy, P.D. Balasubramanian, Ajay Gnanasekaran, Tapas Naresh, Kaashif Rafiq, Rohit Krishnamoorthy, Vandana Srinivasan, Aishwarya, Manoj Kumar and Shallu Varun.
Besides trying to figure their music out, the band is also trying to arrange for sponsorship to get to the Games in the first place. “The invitation only extends till giving us a slot. But the rest of the expenditure including travel, stay and food, is ours. So we’re trying to find sponsors who can fund our trip,” explains Aishvarrya Suresh, a vocalist with the band. Staccato will be performing at the Olympic Park in London on July 30 and August 2, playing two slots of 40 minutes a day.
And that’s not all. Impressed by their sound, the Olympic committee has organised for the band to play at the Aberdeen Music Festival on August 3 and 4.

Brilliant work Staccato!! Hope your music will inspire our athletes to a new Olympic glory.

Here is the link to staccato's compositions

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