Master of the Sax

Almost instantly, as Yuri Honing's fingers get a calculated grip over the keys on his saxophone, and his lips take their place on the mouthpiece, the room is filled with smooth, soulful and sometimes funky jazz sounds. His is the kind of music that can make you fall in love with the genre, the musician or even with life. Watching him perform, one would be compelled to believe that music runs through his veins, and so it does.

"When I was a baby, my mother used to make me sit next to her and practice on the piano. You can even say that my tryst with music started even before I was born. Everyone at home is very passionate about it," says Honing, who performed in the city along with his band called Wired Paradise on Thursday. He recalls family dinners during his childhood, when his father would put on any random classical piece and ask Yuri and his siblings to identify which piece was playing. "The game would go on till we finished our meal and got ready for bed," says Honing, who hails from Amsterdam.

He adds that when he was five years old, he once broke into tears while listening to his mother play the instrument and since then was determined to take up music as a career. Though jazz compositions involve many calculations, Honing believes that a listener should only connect with the music emotionally. "You cannot force one to like the genre, if they don't get it, they will never get it. It cannot be an acquired taste," says Honing.

A purist when it comes to jazz, he feels that fusion must be done with caution. "Sometimes artistes use Indian music out of context and say their piece is influenced by Indian music, sometimes pop uses a bit of jazz and labels it as pop-jazz. It is silly. A fusion must add value to both genres involved and not take away from them," says Honing.

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