Global Fusion : The musical extravaganza from Bank Sarasin-Alpen and Alpen Capital a huge success
Bank Sarasin-Alpen (Qatar) LLC a subsidiary of Bank Sarasin & Co. Ltd, a leading Swiss private bank, together with its investment banking associate Alpen Capital Investment Bank (Qatar) LLC hosted its second annual GLOBAL FUSION concert on Thursday, 12 November 2009 at the Intercontinental Doha.
Present at the event were Dr. Hamad bin Abdul Aziz al-Kawari, Qatar's Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage and H.E Sheikh Mohammed Bin Ahmed Al Thani, Former Minister of Commerce and Economy, Qatar along with leading personalities from the GCC.
This year, in addition to world renowned musicians from across the world, the event also featured the Qatari artiste – Abdul Aziz Jassim Al Hidose on the Oudh. The concert was lead by the world renowned Saxophonist - George Brooks along with musical gurus like Imamyar Hasanov, Steve Smith, Niladari Kumar, Fazal Quershi, Homayun Sakhi, Fareed Haque, Kai Eckhardt and Hossam & Serena Ramzy.
Global Fusion – A success yet again
Rohit Walia, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO Bank Sarasin-Alpen and Alpen Capital
“We are delighted to have received such a great response to the Global Fusion. In addition to our zest of supporting the Arts and Music, we also wanted to organize an unforgettable evening of musical enjoyment and fun and we are glad that we were able to do so, yet again.”
The Qatar Operations of Bank Sarasin-Alpen and Alpen Capital started in February 2008. The two organizations function in a unique business model wherein the investment banking capabilities of Alpen Capital complement the private banking activities of Bank Sarasin-Alpen.
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About the artists:
George Brooks is a world renowned saxophonist, most notably known for his Indian jazz-raga fusion.
Abdul Aziz Jassim Al Hidose, the famous Qatari artiste known to weave musical tones with the Oudh
Niladari Kumar is a prodigious sitar virtuoso, who has invented and modernized the Indian ‘sitar’, into an electronic one called the ‘zitar’.
Fazal Quershi, son of Ustad Allah Rakha Khan and brother of Ustad Zakir Hussein is known for his dexterity and amazing speed on the tabla.
Homayun Sakhi, is an outstanding Afghani Rhubab player who, while working within the traditional musical idiom has enriched, expanded and reached new creative heights.
Steve Smith is one of the top twenty five drummers of all time and has been voted into the ‘Drummers Hall of Fame’.
Fareed Haque is a fusion guitar virtuoso and a professor of Jazz and Classical Guitar at the Northern Illinois University.
Kai Eckhardt, best known for his collaborations with John McLaughlin and Billy Cobham is famous for his ability to play lightening fast and for his unique combination of ‘funk’, ‘jazz’ and ‘world music’.
Imamyar Hasanov, a prodigy who plays the kamanche, an indigenous stringed, violin-like instrument from Azerbaijan
Hossam Ramzy, the famous percussionist Known as “The Egyptian Rhythm Ambassador", started his musical career on the Egyptian drums, tabla & then moved on to being a reputable jazz-drummer
Serena Ramzy, one of the leading exponents of Middle Eastern dance in Europe today