Alpen Capital and Bank Sarasin-Alpen Dubai hosted the Global Fusion con-cert on Saturday, 2nd February, 2013 at the Convention Centre of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai. The concert this year featured one of the most renowned artiste of our times – Grammy Award nominee – Anoushka Shankar in the lead. The event marked the ninth year of Fusion concerts in Dubai. His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah was the Guest of Honour at the event.
The Global Fusion concerts have evolved over the years and featured over 100 artistes. It also has a visual element in the form of dance which fuses with the music. Dubai has evolved as a cultural hub and places great importance on arts and music especially aiding corporates for their patronage. The fact that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Mak-toum has instituted the Patrons of the Arts Award to honour organisations who contribute to the creative scene in Dubai is a testimony to the im-portance placed on the development of arts and culture. Alpen Capital and Bank Sarasin-Alpen are proud winners of the Patrons of the Arts award since 2010.
This year’s ‘Global Fusion was led by the daughter of sitar maestro, Late Pandit Ravi Shankar – Anoushka Shankar on the sitar from India. The con-cert also featured electrifying fusion performances by Pirashanna Theva-rajah from India on the percussion, Bernhard Schimpelsberger on drums and percussion from Austria, Sanjeev Shankar from India on the Shehnai, Dan-iel Jimenez from Spain on the Flamenco Guitar, Kenji Ota from Japan on the Tanpura, Sandra Carrasco from Spain on vocals and Guro Schia from Norway performing the classical ballet. Emirati artiste Faisal Al Saari on the Oudh successfully integrated his middle eastern tones along with the international artistes present at the fusion.
Rohit Walia, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Sarasin-Alpen and Alpen Capital Group "We are glad that this year’s fusion concert was appreciated by the audience.The Global Fusion is much more than a client event for us. In ad-dition to providing a relaxed atmosphere for our clients, Global Fusion also is integral to our CSR philosophy. The concert highlights local musicians and provides them with a platform to perform with world renowned artistes»
View the gallery of photos taken during the event below: