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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Music sans frontiers

"This is not for money. Nor is it for an audience. Nor is it for publicity. It’s not even an event. Well, not a formal one anyway. Yet, terrace jamming is becoming increasingly popular in the city, creating a friendly and approachable platform for artistes and performers from all over Chennai." according to Priyanka Rajagopalan.

Scenes from terrace jams across the city. 
Photo: The Hindu  

Initially, terrace jamming referred to an exclusive hangout for a group of friends or musicians who just wanted a quiet and spacious place to practise music uninterrupted. Later, students who were interested in music started meeting up in terraces to jam together. The idea was not to create a performance space, but instead find a venue where they could hone their skills and play for the pure love of music. It also offers scope for learning, creativity and the showcasing of talent. Nevertheless, as a result, an undeniably convenient and unconventional venue was born across the city.

Some of these are open to the public, many aren’t. Gayathri Pradeep, a student of journalism from MOP Vaishnav, who is also an aspiring singer, says, “The terrace jams I go to aren’t open to the public. For me, terrace jamming is more like a group of friends meeting and making music for the joy of it. I enjoy this more, as it is personal, which makes it easier for artistes to bond.”

However, over the past few months, the concept of terrace jams has expanded into performing for an audience, encouraging interactivity and sharing of ideas. Adarsh Mammen, an engineer, and a solo guitarist who hosted a musical night at his terrace recently, says, “Well, the idea came about when I was playing the guitar with a couple of friends. It struck me that we could have an informal event, performing for a small audience of about 30 people, mostly friends and family. Luckily, the musicians were also spontaneous entertainers, so the programme was half musical performance and half stand-up comedy. We even encouraged amateur musicians to play along. Overall, it was a really fun, relaxed evening.”

Source: The Hindu