What is fusion music?
The differences between blues, indigo (or turquoise) and fusion music (from the Fusion X site)
The majority of the dancers in our scene come from blues,
so understanding what this music is (and isn’t) is important.
BLUES: Blues is over 100 years old and has been defined and redefined. “Vintage” refers to a time (anything from before the early 1950s) and “Traditional” refers to a style. The categories of “authentic blues” vary in vocal style, rhythms, textures, finger-picking, instrumentation, etc. See this page for details on the different styles of blues like Delta, Piedmont, New Orleans, Kansas City Blues, Chicago Blues, Shuffle, Jump Blues, Rhythm and Blues and Urban Blues.
INDIGO (or turquoise) : Indigo refers to music that might share elements or feel like blues, but isn’t authentic blues, music that is similarly composed to blues, but done by non-traditional artists, with non-traditional instruments. It might be missing elements like chord structure, phrase structure, melodic structure or musical instrumentation and yet still be appropriate for blues dancing.
FUSION: The type of music that fusion dancers will enjoy dancing to should be looked at as a vessel capable of holding a lot of different dancing. It’s about optimizing a combination of tempo, pulse, melody, phrasing and accents between odd and even beats. Fusion music tends to be more synthetic or electronic in nature and provides the opportunity for many different dance styles to be used during any set, or even during a single song. Fusion sets have a wide variety of alternative music including indigo blues, nuevo tango, dub step, roots, soul, hip pop, lyrical or rhythmic electronica. This allows dancers to incorporate skills from a wide variety of dancing.
A few examples that can simultaneously serve various dances
Tango Cancion ~ Sail ~ Alice ~ Mil pasos ~ Playboy ~ Dirty laundry ~ Mayfair song ~ Whiskey