By Priyanka Dutta
Kolkata, Dec 28, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Rooh Music are known for launching of both traditional and modern music has now ventured in the field of international music with the launch of Dutch saxophonist Maarten Visser’s album “OTO 3”. The music launch took place at a prominent record store near S.P. Mukherjee Road on the 26th of December. The event was graced by the presence of Monojit Dutta of Orient Express, Kendraka, Kartik Das Baul and Dibyendu Mukherjee.
Maarten Visser is a resident of Holland. He moved to India in 1998 and now resides in Chennai. Visser has become immensely popular in Chennai due to his extraordinary skills with the saxophone and mesmerizing the audience.
During the course of the music launch, Visser narrated how he was smitten by Carnatic music at a concert he heard in Holland. This left him spellbound and the intricacies of the Carnatic music was beyond his understanding. This prompted him to travel to India with the sole purpose of learning Indian music traditions. His jam session with Kadri Gopalnath was highly acclaimed by music critics.
Maarten creates a wide array of music on his saxophone. Saxophone solos, conservatory-tinged jazz and experimental unearthly sound are among the wide range that he traverses with his instrument. He often pushes the saxophone to its limit.
He coerces “multi-phonics” and “micro-tonality” from the instrument. He intersperses long pauses with elastic notes in tracks like “22 Hours” which is present on his MySpace page. This creates sound which is unlike anything that one may have heard before.
Maarten organizes the ideas, structures and developments in sound. With the help of his fellow musicians Holger Jetter and Robbert van Hulzen, the sounds are made into great music sure to be appreciated by the audience.
The three of them plan the music, manipulate the score and then improvise. As Maarten said “Music that we create is a constant tension between sound and silence, notes and noise, between structure and freedom”. This is also evident from his album “OTO 3”.
The tracks in this music album include fragility, otolok, strut, nani’s tapu, distant, rye and s. t.
Maarten does not want to make a fusion between Carnatic music and his music on the saxophone as he feels that they are poles apart.
Kartik Das Baul stressed on the importance of preserving the traditional music of India. He said that traditional music like Baul and Carnatic music have a long heritage in the Indian history and one must try to preserve them. He felt that the rock culture or the pop culture is just fashionable for a certain time period. However traditional music has it's roots in the culture of the society and therefore will stand the test of time.
Kartik Das Baul also revealed that he plans to open a school for those individuals who want to learn ‘Baul’ music.