18 September, 2020

Ian Anderson

Frontman of rock band Jethro Tull on their upcoming tour of India with Anoushka Shankar

Ian Anderson
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Five shows in India with Anoushka. Fusion of another kind?

We have a plan. I’ve written some music for us to play together, there are some pieces from her latest album and a couple of Jethro Tull pieces where Anoushka will have a free rein.

All blending neatly into one...

It’s actually the conflict between musical styles that makes it interesting. The differences should be stressed as well as the similarities.

What do you think of Indian composers?

A.R. Rahman and Nitin Sawhney have brought a new element into Indian music that gives it broader appeal but retains its unique cultural roots and musical heritage.

Old fans or new ones, who do you play for?

It’s a tricky line to walk, trading on nostalgia and playing the familiar set-list goodies and introducing other elements of the band’s repertoire to those who have not heard us before.

Your music is not overtly social or political.

I am wary of confusing music with politics and feel they should remain...

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