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Jethro Tull
When British rock band Jethro Tull came to India two years ago, fans were in for a new experience. Both evenings in Mumbai began with a classical raag by Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, after which Tull played a brilliant set. Finally, the rock group got together with the ace Indian classical flautist to create some exciting fusion.

Ian Anderson, the super-flautist and frontman of Tull, obviously didnít want to make this a one-time experience. Last year he collaborated with singer Remo Fernandes, and this year with Alms For Shanti, comprising Uday Benegal and Jayesh Gandhi of Indus Creed. The Record spoke to Anderson before his scheduled performance in Mumbai on January 31 and February 1, and in Bangalore on February 3. Excerpts from the interview:

The Record: Why this sudden fascination for collaborating with Indian musicians over the past two years?

Ian: Itís always been a part of my musical thinking to look at various genres. As a youngster, I listened to a lot of black American blues. Slowly I took to jazz and later to European folk and classical music. Much later I started following sounds from the Middle East and Asia. So I decided that as I get older ~ which doesnít necessarily mean wiser ~ I shall collaborate with musicians from different regions, just to share our diverse musical cultures and make some sense of it. When I was asked by Pandit Chaurasiaís son whether I would like to do a live collaboration with him, I said hereís the living legend of Indian classical flute, and heís someone I can learn from. Thatís how this ~ itís a little early to call it a series ~ started.

TR: You first performed in India with Jethro Tull in 1994. What are your memories of that experience?

Ian: A little scary, actually. The electrical connections gave me the goose-bumps and we were lucky to return home alive. However when I came here two years ago, I realised that the whole live concert system had become very professional. Not only that ~ even Bombayís telephone service had improved.

TR: Itís been a long time since Jethro Tull released a studio album of all-new material.

Ian: We have been constantly touring for the past couple of years. Just the other day, I was in Vienna to do a television show that was part of a Mozart festival. Now, much as Iíve admired Mozart, I donít see myself doing television shows. You have to repeat takes a zillion times, and I got totally bored of it. Thatís when I thought ~ why not start working on the next studio album. Weíre free after July, unless someone tempts us to do more concerts. But if nobody tempts us, we shall start working on our next album.

TR: Since you tour so regularly, how do you form your set-lists? Do you change it from country to country?

Ian: Forming set-lists is a very easy task. We have to shortlist some 15 songs from about 300. And in those 15 songs, two are absolutely compulsory at every concert ~ Aqualung and Locomotive Breath. That makes our task of choosing 13 other songs even easier. But we keep certain things in mind, like how often weíve played in that country or city, how long ago weíve played there and what we played the previous time. We havenít visited India too often. So here we would stick to our older songs ~ though older could mean anything more than a couple of years old.

You can read the rest of our exclusive with Jethro Tull in the January 2006 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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