CHENNAI: Chennai-based band Staccato has been selected to perform at the London Olympics 2012 sports extravaganza to a strong crowd of 250,000 on July 30 and August 2.
Staccato was formed by a students group in Chennai eight years ago. The band is one among the 10,000 entries to compete and only other Asian band to perform at the Olympic Park’s prestigious event. The group went on four-month screening process sending the tapes of their performances after which it has been granted this wonderful opportunity.
The Olympics committee has allotted two slots of 80 minutes each for the Chennai-based band. Although they are not playing in the high-profile opening or closing ceremonies, the band is very thrilled about playing to an international audience at the Park, where performances have been scheduled all through the Olympic fortnight.
Kaashif Rafiq is the youngest member of the band. He applied for the contest through K Srimathy, a family friend in February without informing the troop. So, once the confirmation of their participation was seen through mail, all the members of the band thought it was a spam, said keyboardist Vikram Sarathy.
The other Asian band performing in Olympics is from China. The band, with a contemporary fusion sound like Hindustani classical, Carnatic and jazz, will play remixed numbers of Ilayaraja and AR Rahman hits and their own songs.