Jazz music tour through India
As a triumphant finale of the year, the Austrian Cultural Forum New Delhi organised just before Christmas a concert tour through India of the experimental jazz duo Frick/Helbock (violin & piano).
From 10 to 17 December 2012 the avant-garde free jazz duo Frick/Helbock held three concerts and two workshops in Delhi and Dimapur, Nagaland. Particularly through the concert in Nagaland, one of the most eastern states of India, where performances of foreign artists are rare, Simon Frick and David Helbock wrote music history: though Nagaland has a nationally known and rich musical tradition, the two Austrians are the first jazz band that has ever performed in this region. The artists tried to reach the audience not only by their experimental concert program, but also by sound and vocal experiments in a workshop at the Nagaland Music Conservatory as well as a jam session with Naga musicians.
To conclude the tour, a jazz session organised jointly with the Vienna Tourist Board was held in the garden of the Austrian Residence in New Delhi. Together with Indian percussionist Nikhil Vasudevan Frick/Helbock enthused the Indian public performing an experimental jazz concert which was also broadcasted on Indian radio.
The Frick/Helbock duo is characterized by an enormous range of sounds, which wraps the traditional interplay of violin with piano in classical music in a completely new look. In creative ways lyrical passages and groove solos through electroacoustic sound effects and percussion instruments of any shape and size are integrated into classical works. The two musicians mainly play compositions of their own.