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World renowned artistes entertain audiences at Sarasin-Alpen and Alpen Capital’s Global Fusion concert

Muscat, 6th March, 2010

The third Global Fusion concert on March 4, 2010 in Muscat, Oman was a huge success. The concert was organized by Sarasin Alpen Co LLC, Oman, a subsidiary of the Swiss private bank, Bank Sarasin-Alpen (ME) Ltd, Dubai together with its investment banking associate Alpen Capital LLC and attended by leading personalities from the region. The Global Fusion is the companies’ flagship event and was first introduced to mark the launch of their Dubai Operations back in 2005.

This year’s concert was led by the world famous saxophonist - George Brooks who was accompanied by master musicians such as Vikku Vinayakram, Zoltan Lantos, Steve Smith, Niladri Kumar, Larry Coryell, Sivamani, Ensemble Shanbehzadeh, Kai Eckhardt and Isha Sharvani. One of the key highlights of the concert was the Omani musician – Hilal bin Soud Al-Balushi on the violin.

Grammy Award winner Vikku Vinayakram was felicitated at the concert for his contribution to Global Fusion as well as to world music as a part of the organizations’ tradition of honouring musicians who have participated in previous fusion concerts and enhanced the musical experience. Speaking at the occasion, Vikku Vinayakram thanked the organizations and their management for giving him this opportunity to perform with other renowned musicians.

The Oman Operations of Sarasin Alpen and Alpen Capital started in 2008. While Sarasin Alpen provides a complete range of private banking advisory services and is the first Swiss origin private banking advisory presence and activity in Oman, Alpen Capital offers investment banking advisory services on debt, equity and mergers & acquisitions. Both organizations, regulated by the Capital Markets Authority Oman, complement each other by providing value added services. In addition to Oman, Sarasin Alpen and Alpen Capital have a presence in UAE, Qatar and India.

Global Fusion – A success story once again.
Rohit Walia, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Sarasin Alpen and Alpen Capital

" This year in addition to bringing together musicians from across the world, we also added a visual element in Oman that of introducing contemporary dance to the Fusion concept. This was accepted and well appreciated by our clients.".

Atul Rao, Senior Executive Officer, Sarasin Alpen Co LLC, Oman “The performance of the Omani violinist – Hilal Al Balushi was appreciated by the audiences and they welcomed the idea of promoting a local musician. We are glad that we were able to provide him with a platform to perform with international artistes”.