Delhi Duo Adil and Vasundhara To Perform In Mumbai Tonight
The Indian indie soundscape is dotted with male-female duos specialising in what can broadly be described as electro-pop. The list includes Shaa’ir + Func, Sridhar/Thayil, Sulk Station, Tempo Tantrick and Gods Robots. The exceptions are blues-rock act Soulmate and the Delhi-based pair of Adil and Vasundhara, who infuse their tunes with generous doses of jazz and R&B. That’s not the only distinguishing feature of the duo, who performs in our city tonight Wednesday, May 23 at Blue Frog—vocalist Vasundhara Vidalur writes and sings in English and French.
Ever since she met and formed Adil and Vasundhara with guitarist Adil Manuel in January 2009, they have been slowly but steadily building a large following through a series of gigs across India and at festivals in Europe such as the Tout Le Monde Chante in France. This will be their second performance at the Mumbai Blue Frog and it comes after a gap of a little over exactly a year. Since their gig at the Lower Parel venue in May 2011, they have proved so popular in their home city that they’ve played the club’s outpost in the capital no less than four times since its launch last December.
They have also spent some quality time in Mumbai during the past 12 months, laying down their debut album Ampersand with recording and mixing engineer Shantanu Hudlikar at the Yash Raj Films Studios in Andheri. Hudlikar was impressed enough with their chops to get a number of the country’s jazz and rock veterans, including pianist Louiz Banks, drummer Ranjit Barot and Indus Creed keyboardist Zubin Balaporia, to play on the record, which is slated for release in September or October.
Expect to hear most of the songs off the album at their hour-and-a-half-long show tonight, which may also include a couple of jazz or blues standards and will feature Pranoy Praveen on drums, Jayant Manchanda on bass and Rohit Gupta on keyboards. The three instrumentalists are part of a rotating line-up of musicians used by Adil and Vasundhara at their concerts. “With each new group of musicians, the sound is completely different,” said Manuel. “We never play the same song in the same way twice.”Tags: Adil and Vasundhara, Adil Manuel, Blue Frog, Music, Vasundhara Vidalur
LocationMathuradas Mills Compound
Opposite Kamala Mills
Tulsi Pipe Road
Relevant DatesWednesday, May 23
Ticketing & Price InfoRs300