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A night to remember

The Day 3 of the International Delhi Jazz Festival was as colourful and musically fulfilling as the first two days.

music Updated: Apr 18, 2011 16:28 IST
Jonathan Vikram Pradhan

The Day 3 of the International Delhi Jazz Festival was as colourful and musically fulfilling as the first two days.

The day's first act featured Ekkehard Wolk, from Berlin, Germany. The piano-based trio led by the pianist, composer and arranger Ekkehard Wolk with Johannes Fink on bass and drummer Andrea Marcelli enthralled the audience with their original compositions, and also played pieces of Western classical maestros such as Mozart. Video: Night to remember

The trio's original pieces were inspired by travels in Germany and day-to-day European life in general.

"I am very glad to be here and play in India. The audience were really warm," said Ekkehard Wolk, who has been playing piano since the age of 7.

The second act of the day was performed by Amit Heri Group from India. Bangalore-based Amit Heri is among the best known Jazz Fusion musicians in India and he has been playing guitar since the age of 13. The Group played original compositions by Amit Heri, which were brilliant jazz arrangements with a lot of melody and the soul-stirring Saxophone accompaniment was something the Delhi audience, I believe, will remember for a long time.

The Amit Heri Group has been regarded as India's top Indo-Jazz outfit and performs all over India.

"It was a nice experience, the venue of Nehru Park and the wonderful audience was really energising and inspiring, " said Amit Heri when asked about the experience playing at the festival.

When asked if jazz could occupy a bigger stage in India, he said, "India has a niche jazz crowd, but things are getting better with jazz festival such as these being organised."

The last act of the day was performed by Trio AAB + Clademonium from Scotland with collaborative music with some Indian musicians, who accompanied the trio with Indian classical instruments such as the Sarangi, Sitar and tabla. The music they created together were 'music that you have never heard,' and the audience soaked on them like there was no tomorrow. A rich blend of jazz arrangement and Eastern music filled the Nehru Park air at the fag end of the evening.

Director General of ICCR, Suresh Goel, addressing the audience in between the performances said, "Obviously when you do an experiment like this you are never sure what is going to happen…but your overwhelming presence has proved that we went right at this one. And we will do this on an annual basis."

The 3-day festival was organised by ICCR, in collaboration with Seher.