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Foursome brings in old favourites

"In the mood" delighted the audience with favourites from the past on a recent weekend at the Goethe-Institute gallery. Explaining how they got together, the leader of the band, Imran Rahman says, "Andrew is a good friend of mine and we've known each other for three years. He plays both with the 'Renaissance' and with our group. I got into music by strumming with my friend Bogey from 'Renaissance' when we were 15. Music is something I like to be involved with and it gives me a lot of personal satisfaction. I didn't play professionally until the late 90s, when I joined 'Renaissance'. I didn't study music formally but learned by ear.

"We present laid-back songs to soothe the Dhaka listeners after a busy week. The songs are from 60s, 70s and 80s like the Beatles, Paul Simon, Billy Holiday and songs like 'Fly me to the moon', 'Summer time' and more contemporary items like 'Radiohead'. These are songs that Andrew and I grew up with and which, surprisingly, our two young counterparts are well acquainted with."

Asked if he thought that there was a good demand for popular English songs, Imran says, "I think so."

Andrew Morris, the other senior musician of the group, who is also known to Dhakites for his writing, and works in the Education Ministry. "I've been in Bangladesh, on and off, for eleven years. I studied piano and played it for about 12 years. I come from Wales where a lot of children have musical lessons, and music is an important part of their culture. I played the clarinet at school and then I picked up the saxophone, which I played regularly till I was 26. I took it up again after years, coming to Dhaka, watching the performance of several musical groups.

"I also play with 'Ornob', who writes his own music and presents Bangladeshi folk songs, and we played music in Canada, UK and USA. I enjoy playing both Bangla and western music. If it is good music, I'm happy to play with anybody. Since being here I've listened to Indian classical music and Bangladeshi pop music, along with 'Baul' and 'Lalon' songs. In China, earlier, I heard a different type of eastern music, with musicians performing on stringed instruments."

Through their songs, the quartet takes the listeners to a time, which many of its audience can relate to. For others, it is a walk down unfamiliar grounds, but a journey through good music.

By Fayza Haq


Sincerely, to perfumes

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Rainbow Perfume & Cosmetics; Pink City,Shop-4,5,6 (Ground Floor); Gulshan 2,Dhaka. # 9895980

By Zannatul Lamea


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