Saturday, 1 December 2007

EVOLVING MUSICALLY

As they travel from country to country, it’s music that adds the real flavour. For pianist Malvina Pastor and flautist Nathalie Yulzari, music and their tours “are two sides of evolution as human beings.” As musicians, the duo performs across Europe, and this is their first tour outside that continent. “As we travel, we keep on learning about different music and share that we others,” Malvina says. Nathalie agrees.
In their concerts, the duo offers a mix of music genres. From western classical to East European folk, Venezuelan folk to Tango of Argentina – they enthral the audience with all. “We don’t want the audience to listen to only one or two types of music,” Nathalie says. “There should be free flow of music. There is no reason why those who love pop music cannot enjoy classical or vice versa,” she adds. “As we share the music, we try to teach the audience also,” Malvina explains.
Besides flute and piano, at times they might use other instruments in their performances. “For example the Irish skinned drum Boghran,” Nathalie says. “I play it sometimes.” And then she goes up on the stage to show us how she plays it with sticks. Once we resume, Malvina says that they sing at times with their performance. “We try to tell the stories of different lands we visit and to do that we take aid of all possible means,” she says. “But we are not singers,” Nathalie clarifies.
The artistes complement each other. “For me Malvina is not an accompanist. She is equally important as I am,” Nathalie says, as she holds Malvina’s shoulder as a gesture to show that they need each other’s support. “If I go wrong somewhere, she fills in and if she needs my help, I do it,” Malvina adds. “We listen to each other, we remain sensitive to each other’s needs and adapt accordingly,” both of them say in unison. The rapport between the two clearly shows as they perform for a while exclusively for the Herald.
Nathalie studied flute and pedagogy at the National and Regional Conservatory of Lyon and is currently based at Paris while Malvina studied the piano at the Geneva Conservatory (Switzerland) and at The National and Regional Conservatory of Lyon and is currently based at Lyon. Talking about music in France, Malvina says, it is difficult for the newcomers to establish themselves. “People are wary of accepting anything new,” Nathalie says. “But gradually, people start listening and accord acceptance,” she adds.
We ask the twosome about their idea of Indian music. “I have some idea about Dhrupad,” says Nathalie, adding, Hindi film music is popular across Europe and they are not an exception. Collaborating with Indian artistes will be a nice idea for them. “We are open and would love to work with Indian musicians,’ they say.