“The Fusion Project was born out of a chance meeting between a blues singer-songwriter and an Indian Classical flautist, both students at Oxford University. What started out as two friends jamming together soon travelled further than the ears of their annoyed neighbours, as the rest of the band got on board. With the support of a truly amazing fan-base, The Fusion Project has grown from its humble origins to sold-out shows in Oxford and London, performing all around the UK, and jamming with incredible international icon, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
We bring an eastern ensemble of Hindustani and Carnatic vocals, the tabla, and the Indian Classical flute to meet with Western voice and the cello, bass, guitar and clarinet. Our aim is simple: to take the immense depth and beauty of Indian Classical music to a wider audience in the West, and also back home to a new generation of South Asians for whom Western music often takes centre stage. Ultimately, we want to build on thousands of years of Eastern and Western musical tradition to create music that is new and unique, but still true to the spirit and beauty of the Indian Classical Arts.
Only eight months after officially forming in 2015, The Fusion Project was honoured by the opportunity to perform with Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in the Holywell Music Room, the oldest music hall in Europe. The group has been covered and commended by the BBC Asian Network, as well as numerous other media outlets, attracting attention with sold out shows around the UK, and a strong social media presence across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and YouTube. Performances have ranged from on-the-spot improvised jams, to covers including an Indian Classical version of Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire” and a mash-up of Eddie Vedder’s “Hard Sun” with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s “Allah Hoo”, as well as entirely original works, such as “Helpless”.