A new year is for new music. Releasing their debut album in early January 2016, Sylvia is an acoustic trio with vocalist Sharvi Yadav, guitarist Ananda Dhar James, and Anuj Agarwal on percussion. With music being the connecting thread during their three shared years of school and college, it didn’t take long for Ananda, Sharvi and Anuj to strike a chord together. ‘Though we all didn't necessarily listen to the same music, what came out of these jams was something that was able to blend those musical influences, catering to each of our individual likes,’ they say.
Sylvia predominantly draws inspiration from Jazz, Blues, Acoustic and Alternative music, though their compositions are not necessarily restricted to just one of these genres. They try to combine these however they can.
‘It’s actually a very strange story. Our guitarist took part in a play called The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? which talked about a man who falls in love with a goat called Sylvia. Throughout the play, he tries to explain to his wife and son, who are unable to comprehend that such a thing could ever take place, that he actually loves her and cares for her, and that is what questions us all to challenge what the bounds of love are, for a particular being. Similarly for us, the music we make is something that we truly love and enjoy, and we attempt to convey this music to the masses around us, despite often not even being completely understood,’ they go on to share.
Inspired from the Latin term Silvia which translates as ‘forest', the trio believes their music is rooted heavily in acoustic sounds and deals with themes that they encounter in their everyday lives. ‘Our music talks about situations and circumstances we encounter in our daily lives, both internal as well as external. A large part of it is about our journey in music so far and the difficulties we've faced through it. So it deals with themes such as the line between art and commercial success, vying for love, the inevitable end of all things and conflicts within oneself. Through this EP, we have tried to channel all these emotions.’ The band recently shot a video for one of these songs with videographer Arushi Sharma. They plan to release it shortly. Currently, they are looking to expand their listener base and connect with more people.
Sylvia will be performing at The Gig Week tonight (Dec 16, 2015) at The Paino Man Jazz Club, Safdarjung Enclave Market, New Delhi. You can find more about them here.
Text Arunima Kaushik Sharma
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