Concert Critique: FINAL
Jai Ho Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc5OyXmHD0w
Jai Ho – A R Rahman
A R RAHMAN is an Indian film composer, record producer, musician, singer and philanthropist. He is described as the World’s most prominent and prolific film composer by Time. The 44-year-old musical genius, popularly known as the 'Mozart of Madras' by Time magazine has performed three successful world tours to audiences in Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Dubai, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and India. Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman performed at The American Airlines Center, Dallas on September 2010 during his Jai Ho tour.
Last year, I witnessed the biggest South Asian concert in the history of Dallas featuring AR RAHMAN, winner of two Academy Awards last year for Slumdog Millionaire, It was like a Bollywood movie come to life. The dynamic stage set evoked a golden palace, with a pair of movable staircases lifting the performers above the crowd. Just as often, they used a curved catwalk to get closer to the audience. Video projections and a fiery light show completed the celebratory atmosphere. Rahman is more like a classical music director behind famous bollywood and Hollywood movies. However this concert gave his fans to experience a different side of his musical tastes, developed over 20 years of composing, extend not only to a variety of Western genres, from rock to R&B to reggae. He also incorporates a number of styles from his native country and from around the world. The stew, sung in Tamil, Hindi and English, is driving and danceable.
A pair of these up-tempo tunes, both from the hit Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack, framed that night's show. Rehman did a tribute to Michael Jackson that included an excerpt from "Black or White." Which got the crowd roaring. But the biggest reaction from the largely Indian-American audience came during the show's spiritual section near the end. Rahman is...