The Max Clouth clan merges with classical Indian music and jazz music

Clan Max Clouth

Max Clouth describes the sound of his ensemble, the Max Clouth Clan, as jazz with a certain “Germanness”, fused with Indian classical music. “We like bands like Kraftwerk, Can and Ideal, which come from the Krautrock movement of the 70s,” he says. The group’s new album, Kamaloka, explores this meeting of cultures. The band is touring India with the album and is performing tonight at the Blue Frog, in association with the Goethe Institut.

The band includes Max on guitar, Martin Standke on drums, Markus Wach on bass and pianist Andrey Shabashev. “We are constantly changing with our surroundings, especially when traveling through India. We wanted to translate that feeling into music,” Max tells us.

The album is a combination of the unknown and the familiar, when it comes to melodies. The soundscape of songs such as Salt Lassi and MR, which feature collaborations with Indian musicians, connect influences from Frankfurt to Mumbai and range from Indian rock to jazz. Kamaloka is a concept from ancient Indian philosophy – it is about letting go of desires when you have left your body. “I always found it fascinating, and so I ended up writing music for it,” he tells us, when asked the name of the album. At the concert, they will also perform a new track, Lucifer Rising/Surrender To What Is, which is a collaboration with Indian vocalist and flautist Varijashree Venugopal.

Rs. 499. Tonight, 9 p.m. At Blue Frog, Church Street

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Ada J. Kenney