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At Napa, fusion of East and West a delight to the ears

The News - Sunday 7th December, 2014

Karachi With the Napa music festival entering its third day on Saturday, there were some delights in store, especially for Western classical and romantic music fans with US pianist Kimball Gallagher entertaining audiences to Chopin's etudes and polonaises. His rendition of the three etudes was simply delightful. So was his performance of one of Chopin's polonaises. They were the kind that on account of their lingering melody, have a soporific effect on the listener and have a really soul-lifting quality. Gallagher, a concert performer and songwriter, is a product of the prestigious Julliard School and Rice University. Later, he also rendered three short pieces which he actually performed at King George's Island on the southern tip of the Arctic - a Chinese, a Russian and a Patagonian. Even though played on the piano, the Chinese piece was distinctly Chinese in texture just as the Patagonian piece had a distinctly Latin American beat. Gallagher is a maestro indeed and his adroit finger work was remarkable. His fingers glided across the keyboard in the most fluent of ease, producing melodious pieces. Gallagher's individual performance was preceded by fusion music featuring the pianist along with the oriental instruments and local instrumentalists. The opening piece was titled, "Karachi to Austin", with Gallagher at the piano, Adnan on the guitar, Waqas Gulab on the Tabla, and Ustad Nafees Khan on the Sitar. It was interesting and not a bad attempt at fusion at all. Given the fa...
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