Another successful Global Fusion for Bank Sarasin-Alpen and Alpen Capital

Published February 8th, 2009 - 11:29 GMT

Bank Sarasin-Alpen (ME) Limited, a subsidiary of the Swiss private Bank Sarasin & Co. Limited, together with its investment banking arm Alpen Capital (ME) Limited successfully hosted its fifth annual GLOBAL FUSION concert on February 6, 2009 at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai. The event was attended by clients – both current and prospects and senior staff members from its various locations.

Speaking at the event, His Excellency Dr Omar Bin Sulaiman, the Governor of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), highlighted the role of organizations such as Bank Sarasin-Alpen and Alpen Capital in supporting music and talked about “Global Fusion” as a very novel and innovative concept.

Global Fusion: Continuing its success story
“Global Fusion is a special event for us. This is the fifth year that we are hosting the event and it is always a delight to see it receiving an overwhelming response,” says Rohit Walia, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO Bank Sarasin-Alpen and Alpen Capital. “It is always a challenge to outdo the previous year but our audiences have been very appreciative of all our previous fusion events.”

“Global Fusion is our flagship event and we are delighted that like every year it has been enjoyed by our guests.” adds Fidelis M Goetz, Member of the Board, Bank Sarasin-Alpen and Alpen Capital.

The Dubai ‘GLOBAL FUSION’ event featured George Brooks - the world renowned saxophonist as the lead artiste along with musical gurus like Vikku Vinayakram, Niladari Kumar, Fazal Quershi, Homayun Sakhi, Fareed Haque and Kai Ekhardt.

As a part of their ongoing support for the Music and the Arts and following their tradition of felicitating an artiste who has played an important role in supporting the Global Fusion initiative, the 2009 concert honoured George Brooks. Rohit Walia, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Bank Sarasin-Alpen and Alpen Capital felicitated George Brooks for his contribution to Global Fusion.
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About the artists:

George Brooks is a world renowned saxophonist, most notably known for his Indian jazz-raga fusion.

Vikku Vinayakram, is a Grammy Award winner and has been decorated with the prestigious Padamshree.

Niladari Kumar is a prodigious sitar virtuoso, who has invented and modernized the Indian ‘sitar’, into an electronic one called the ‘zitar’.

Fazal Qureshi, son of Ustad Allah Rakha Khan and brother of Ustad Zakir Hussein is known for his dexterity and amazing speed on the tabla.
Nik Bartsch is a Swiss pianist and percussionist from Zurich who meshes musical textures to create a new dynamic, hypnotic trance like tapestry.

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 Ekhardt, 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’.


For more information please contact:
Sameena Ahmad, Corporate Affairs
Telephone +971 (0)4 381 6600 e-mail: sameena.ahmad@sarasin-alpen.com


Bank Sarasin-Alpen (ME) Ltd – www.sarasin-alpen.com
Bank Sarasin-Alpen is incorporated as Bank Sarasin-Alpen (ME) Limited in Dubai, as Bank Sarasin-Alpen Qatar, LLC, in Qatar and as Sarasin-Alpen LLC, in Oman. These subsidiaries of Bank Sarasin, Basel, Switzerland provide the complete range of Bank Sarasin’s private banking services. In addition to UAE, Qatar and Oman, the bank caters to the requirements of private & institutional clients in the Middle East & South Asia.

Alpen Capital (ME) Ltd – www.alpencapital.com
Alpen Capital (ME) Limited is incorporated as a limited liability company in the Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is licensed by the Dubai Financial Services Authority. With local know-how and regional expertise, Alpen Capital offers a full range of corporate advisory services including Capital Markets, Debt Syndication, Mergers & Acquisitions and Project Advisory


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