Bombay Connection

Saturday, 30 December 2006

Grand Theatre, Groningen

Saturday, 25 November 2006

Buda Kunstencentrum, Kortrijk, Belgium

Friday, 20 October 2006

Live at Paradiso: ARLING’s BOMBAY CONNECTION SITAR BAND

These Bollywood grooves are married to the tradition of the SITAR JAZZ. The funky grooves of the 1970s Bollywood scores, their unexpected turns and twists, and the hard-rocking psychedelic sitar explorations form the new soundtrack to the 1979 cult classic SURAKKSHA. It draws the audience into the adventures of GUNMASTER G-9, the Indian Bruce Lee-John Travolta-James Bond-in-one, filled to the brim with Bombay chases, fake-moustached villains, underwater headquarters, cheesy dances, atomic explosions and cheap special effects.

ARRANGER & BAND LEADER: GERRY ARLING

The music for the film is especially arranged by composer and arranger GERRY ARLING, of the well-known duo ARLING & CAMERON. His keen cinematic ears were instantly triggered by the unconventional, genre-crossing, energetic and sometimes outrageous Hindi film instrumentals, and led him to revive this sound on stage with a full fledged band. Performed in its original form, yet contemporising it with fresh arrangements and blending in his own compositions.

REPERTOIRE

For the repertoire of the Band Edo Bouman from Bombay Connection Records dug up the most exciting slices of Bollywood funk from the vaults of Bombay, often from long forgotten B-films like CHOR POLICE, DIL DIWANA and BOMBAY TO GOA. The band also revives the closely related music of the sitar psych funk legend ANANDA SHANKAR, the cousin of RAVI SHANKAR whom married Western rock with the classical Indian sitar tradition.

GUNMASTER G-9 in SURAKKSHA (1979)

The concept for the 1979 thriller SURAKKSHA (safety) was to make a film on a story line of James Bond, with a hero who fights like Bruce Lee and dances like John Travolta, Indian style. Indeed they did, and the result is a extremely colourful, wide angle funky film soaked with karate fights, motorbike chases and underseas headquarters. The film, originally 2 hours and 20 minutes long, has been brought back to 70 minutes for the show and functions as something between a feature film and a action filled trailer, compiling all best action scenes from the film at breathtaking speed.

MUSICIANS

SITAR: Tammo Heikens, Ashok Pathak
TABLAS: Sandip Bhattacharya / Sathyam Sheoratan
TURNTABLES: Kypski
FLUTE-SAX-THEREMIN: Jan Klug
KEYBOARDS: Hans Kaldeway
DRUMS: Harry Arling
BASS: Gerry Arling

SUJATA GOEL & TAREK HALABY

The dancers SUJATA GOEL and TAREK HALABY perform the piece DISCO DANCER, a choreography made after a dance in the similar titled Bollywood movie from 1982. The piece is both celebrating and commenting on the exploitation disco Bollywood films of the 1980s, making for a colorful, hilarious deconstruction with the gracious movements of refined, thoroughly trained modern dancers. Also the famous hard rocking Bollywood surf JAN PEHACHAN HO from the murder mystery GUMNAAM (1966, featured in Ghost World), is given a similar treatment by Goel and Halaby. The piece DISCO DANCER was received very well in the dance world, and has been performed in many places, among others in France (Lille3000) and the UK (Tate Gallery London). The collaboration with Bombay Connection marks the beginning of a research into the history of Bollywood dance from the 40s into the early 90s culminating in different projects.