Arriving in Kolkata on Aug 26, the Corn Potato String Band participated in various musical programs including a visit to Pingla to meet with patachitra artists, collaborated with local folk musicians Sourav Moni and Bauls of Bengal, jammed with local folk band Gaan Abohomaan and conducted a workshop with high school students.
The collaborative musical evening on Friday is a culmination of the band's workshops and interactions in Kolkata resulting in an eclectic fusion of American folk music along with patachitra, baul, bhatiali and bangla rock.
The Corn Potato String Band is travelling around India presenting their unique slice of American culture to a wide variety of Indian audiences and discussing how traditional folk art can be best preserved in the 21st century.
The four member travelling band comprising Aaron Jonah Lewis, Lindsay McCaw, Aviva Steigmeyer and Roy Pilgrim have delighted audiences with their driving fiddle tunes and harmonious singing across the United States, Europe, and Mexico.
They are all multi-instrumentalists who are dedicated to continuing the traditional fiddle and banjo music and dance of the Central Southern United States.
In addition, guitar, bass and mandolin, are some of the musical instruments that they strum while covering different antiquated styles including ballads, "ho-downs," country "rags" and southern gospel.
According to Jeffrey K. Reneau, Director of the American Center, "Exchange and collaboration among musicians is inspiring for all participants - especially when it crosses borders. A concert like this one with the Corn Potato String Band and local musicians is sure to entertain, while building musical bridges between cultures and embracing with melodies the rich, cultural diversity in India and the United States."
--IBNS (Posted on 30-08-2013)