Grammy winnner Kevin Fox says India’s got talent
Choir director Kevin Fox is also part of the Indian Choral Fellowship
From America’s Got Talent to the United Nations, American choral director Kevin Fox has worked with a varied number of entities. And now he is in Delhi, to work with more interested parties.
“I’ve been to many countries,” he says, “but this is my first trip to India and I’m enjoying the people, the food, and the sights; the traffic patterns are a constant amazement for me. I’ve spent a lot of time getting to know what musical activities and endeavours are going on around the country, especially with respect to western classical music and choirs. I’m learning about who is doing what, and what the singers’ backgrounds are that choose to do this kind of music.”
Fox, who is working with the Neemrana Foundation, the Capital City Minstrels and Delhi School of Music in the Capital, says that the Indian singers are very keen on the music and are eager to do more and learn more about choral singing. He adds, “What I’ve been doing depends on the age, but with younger singers I’ve been working a lot on expanding vocal ranges, and with adult groups I’ve been working on ideas such as how to learn music quickly, creating contrasting dynamics, and how to shape phrases. Basically, I’m trying to draw on my strengths to add to what they’re already doing. I’ve met some excellent directors and teachers here who are working very creatively to spread the musical, social, and benefits of group singing.”
Although he admits that the younger students start better, it’s never really too late to learn music. “People have different natural musical skills,” he says, “and they can all be put to use in a choir. With choral singing, you want somebody willing to show up regularly, to work hard, and somebody interested in being part of a team. One needs to be responsible for their own notes, but also able to listen to others around them to pursue a common goal. Choir singing is something you can do your whole life, and it is something with verified benefits for your body, mind, and spirit, and I’m doing what I can to spread that message!”
In Fox’s own case, his mother put him in a choir when he was eight years old because he was making all sorts of annoying noises. “And she thought there surely was an outlet for this,” he adds, “And I’ve been singing ever since. I’ve heard similar versions of this story over the years. ‘Making annoying noises’ is often just one way to describe someone who is interested in the sounds around them, someone who listens to their environment.”
Fox is in Delhi till February 20 after which he will go to Mumbai for ICF workshops. Following this, Classical Movements is bringing Yale/Juilliard Concerts in March in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.
Originally published at indiatoday.intoday.in.