Different genres of music represent different cultures, and show the manner with which the musicians invoke a sense of belonging in the audience. It is the musical performances that the musicians give that offer a connection between the performance and the audience. One can tell if the performers have succeeded in engaging the audience by their reactions to the performance. This is indicated by musician singing along to the songs, dancing along, tapping their toes or shaking their heads to the rhythm of the beat. This paper is an analysis of some of the performances given by different musicians and musical groups, and the effect of their performances on the audience. It is a personal account of my thoughts towards the performances.

The “AkashA Bourbon Lassi @ KLPAC” is a live performance and a deliverance of fusion music. I enjoyed the performance because I could connect with the musician. It is a genre of music indicative of Indian classical music. The manner with which the musical instruments fuse to deliver each chorus and verse and chorus is engaging and electrifying. The musician’s vocalization induces the audience into a trance and they can connect with the audience the coordination between the musicians and the rhyming of the words is engaging and leaves the audience yearning for more of their performance. The beauty of the performance is that, though not all the audience in Indian, AkashA’s delivery of the performance is all inclusive and gets the audience singing along (Dilmano, D).

To some extent, I am unfamiliar with this level of music because I have never listened to classical Indian fusion before. Different cultures from the east may be represented in this music because of the use of traditional drums; instruments not present to western music. It is simple to find the basic pulse in the music due to the fusion of the musical instruments. The meters are also easy to find as one listens closely to the performance, without getting distracted by the instruments. This music invokes a lot of emotion and gives one a sense of belonging. This performance is in the form of a verse-chorus.

“Chinese folk music - Red River (Pipa solo), Liu fang concert live” is a traditional Chinese performance brought to the audience by Pipa. I am not familiar with this music too, but it is easy to understand and listen to. The instrumentals keep the audience engaged and wanting to listen to more of it. The eastern cultures, particularly the Chinese culture, are represented in this music. The basic pulse, just by the manner with which Pipa plays her instrument, is easy to find, as well as the meter. There rhymes with the manner with which she plays the instruments and strokes its strings. The rhythmic treatments are determined by the manner with which she repeats the motions on her instruments. The music is rich in texture because of the manner with which Pipa harmonizes the rhythm, melodic and harmonic materials. There is a lot of emotion in the performance, and Pipa took the audience to the traditional world of Chinese music. During the performance, I could feel a little bit Chinese in me (Fang, L).

Dilmano Dilbero’s “Wonderful Dilmana” is a nice listen and is understandable to the audience not familiar to the Bulgarian folk songs. There is harmonization of the vocals and the manner with which they change their pitch as the song progresses, keeps the audience engaged. The performance is well coordinated and the sounds rhyme beautifully. There is repetition in some of the words and the rhyme scheme is melodious to the ears. There is beauty in the sound during the delivery of their performance and the character of the music leaves the audience yearning for more. Vocalization of the song and coordination between the different musicians invokes happiness and a sense of belonging to the audience.

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