At another of his large performances, Rhys Sebastian stairs onto a stage, his saxophone splendid bullion in a spotlight. As always, he dresses neatly in frail black and white, his boots gleaming. Even if a listener is convinced by his music, Sebastian knows that a memory they will take behind home will be a visible of him on stage. So either he’s performing, or only giving a talk, Sebastian always gives his 100 per cent.
“I wish to have a review with my music,” says a 27-year-old Mumbai-based musician. “I wish to let my celebrity gleam through”. The summary he wants to broach to a audience: Leave your worries somewhere else. Join me on this journey.
Sebastian has experimented with a accumulation of genres on his initial album, Rhywind, that is to be expelled in Apr this year. The manuscript comprises aged Bollywood songs that he’s rearranged, with a choice of songs carrying been dynamic by a bequest of his grandfather, a venerable strain arranger, Sebastian D’Souza, who upheld divided in 1996. D’Souza was credited with carrying altered a harmonic structure of a Hindi film strain by fusing Indian and Western exemplary strain styles, and had worked on some of a biggest songs in Hindi film music, including Mera naam chin chin chu (Howrah Bridge), Ajeeb dastaan hai yeh (Dil Apne Aur Preet Parai), and Aaiye meherbaan (Howrah Bridge). Many of these songs will find a place in Sebastian’s album, that also includes collaborations with flautist Ninad Mulaokar, jazz guitarist Sanjay Divecha, drummer Jehangir Jehangir and bassist Saurabh Suman.
But it is jazz that will always be beloved to his soul. “It prepared me about music,” he says, “It done me know that a some-more we listen, a some-more we will learn. It also taught me how to improvise and feed off a appetite of other musicians I’m personification with, while gripping in mind a assembly a whole time”.
Sebastian has been behaving for 10 years, nonetheless his adore event with jazz goes behind to when he was only a toddler. Both his relatives are pianists; his mother, Merlin D’Souza, is a eminent jazz composer and partial of Merlin and a All Stars Big Band. With a best musicians in a city rehearsing in his vital room in Bandra, Sebastian ate, slept, dreamed, and played jazz. He started singing during three, and, as a teenager, began training a saxophone from a late “Jazzy Joe” Pereira, one of a seminal total of Mumbai’s jazz age.
Sebastian’s opening during a NCPA will underline nonetheless another side of his repertoire. He will take some of a many renouned tunes opposite a genres and supplement some of his possess flavour. The informed strains of Für Elise or Amazing Grace will have a small bit of blues and a splash of ragtime, and standard jazz songs like Spain by Chick Corea, will embody a sitar. “It’s going to be a bit some-more risky, personification all these songs that a assembly already knows,” says Sebastian, “But a whole lot some-more fun, and anyway, we’re risk-takers”.
Rhys Sebastian will be behaving during a NCPA, Mumbai, on Feb 20