Come March 20, all roads for the city’s jazz lovers will lead to Nehru Park in Chanakhyapuri, where the fifth edition of the three-day annual Delhi International Jazz Festival takes off.
Organised by the Indian Council for Culture and Relations (ICCR), the event has become the biggest jazz festival in India over the years and has been an inspiration for many bands such as Drift Trio and Sold Out. The event features international jazz musicians and best local talents from India.
Set up in the lush green environs of Nehru Park, the festival has become the go-to venue for the city’s music lovers.
This year’s band/musicians line-up includes:
The Remi Panossian Trio (RP3), a French jazz band (piano, drums, bass) that has received acclaim for its 2011 album Add Fiction. In the past four years, the trio has played almost 250 concerts in more than 25 countries, including France, Canada, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Algeria, Norway and Venezuela.
Leon Somov & Jazzu, a Lithuanian electronica band, comprising Leonas Somovas, also known as Leon Somov and Juste Arlauskaite, also known as Jazzu. In 2009, Leon Somov & Jazzu won the Best Baltic Act award at 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards.
Piotr Wojtasik, jazz trumpeter, composer and one of the most celebrated trumpeters and band leader of his generation in Poland.
Enrico Zanisi Trio from Italy (piano, drums, bass). The band led by young Enrico (23) is likely to play tunes from their new album Keywords.
Flamenco-Jazz Trio from Spain, considered one of the world’s foremost jazz-fusion and flamenco-jazz musicians.
Get set for some serious sarangi singing with maestro Kamal Sabri & Party performing as the Soul of India on the last day of the festival. Kamal has adapted to the changing global musical scenario and constantly tries to set new trends and standards within its tradition (the Senia Gharana (school) of Rampur, Moradabad.)
Hungary’s Norbet Kael’s Trio, a fusion of classical and jazz styles, are popular for arranging classical pieces into jazz format but sticking to their original style at the same time.
Esteban Copete y su Kinteto Pacifico band from Colombia is an experimentation with traditional folk rhythms. Their xylophone laced, percussion-heavy tunes are sure to shake some hips.
Rimon Jazz Institute Trio known for their unique composition and music is an ensemble comprising Israel's brightest emerging young artists.
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