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Delhi gets jazzy

The weekend is all set to get jazzed up with the Delhi Jazz Festival. The event, to be presented by Seher, in collaboration with Indian Council for Cultural Relations, will see participation from nine jazz bands from across the world.

music Updated: Apr 06, 2011 01:33 IST
Namya Sinha

The weekend is all set to get jazzed up with the Delhi Jazz Festival. The event, to be presented by Seher, in collaboration with Indian Council for Cultural Relations, will see participation from nine jazz bands from across the world.

“It was after the success of the Asian Bands Festival, that we decided to host a jazz festival and treat Delhiites with a dose of excellent music. People will get to listen to a great variety of music from countries, such as Italy, Sweden and Germany among many others,” says Sanjeev Bhargava, creative director of Seher.

Besides international bands, Indian bands that plan to play something beyond traditional jazz, will participate in the festival. “I’m going to perform with musician Amyt Datta, who plays with the band Pinknoise,” says Jivraj Singh, the drummer of Fractal.

On the music sense of people in India, he says, “Here, people play safe and don’t experiment much with their music. Most bands play what they have played before. But we plan to push the boundaries with our music.”

Dhruv Ghanekar, vocalist and guitarist of D-Company, says, “The music we plan to play is not at all traditional. Most of it is from my album, Distance, in which new tunes have been added. The music is fusion and the sound will be electric.”

“I love to perform in Delhi. People have a wrong idea about this place. In Mumbai, people are spoilt for choice and so they really don’t care. But Delhi has the sense and knowledge about music and they appreciate good stuff,” says Ghanekar.

The bands that will participate in the festival are Cesare Picco (Italy), D-Company (India), Be Why (France), Christine Jensen Quintet (Canada), Fractal (India), Jump4Joy (Sweden), Ekkehard Wolk Trio (Germany) Amit Heri Group (India), Trio AAB and Clandemoniuma (Scotland).

What’s up?
When: April 8-10
Entry: Free
Venue: Nehru Park, Vinay Marg, Chanakyapuri
Timings: 6.30pm onwards

Nearest Metro station: Race Course on the Yellow line