In many ways, bossa nova breathes the same spirit of music as we do in India and Pakistan. When I introduced bossa nova to our musicians, the sheer melody, rhythms and the deceptively simple structure of the compositions inspired them to assimilate this genre into their musical language.
When we started interpreting Desafinado with the Sachal Studios Orchestra, the intricate chord structure of the composition caught them by surprise. It was not easy to create the foundation of this track. It took a while for us to build our version of Desafinado while remaining within the broad melodic framework of Antonio Carlos Jobim.
I believe we have interpreted Desafinado as a melancholic tribute to one of the great founders of bossa nova.