Delhi is all jazzed up
The eighth edition of the Delhi International Jazz Festival held at Nehru Park in Chanakyapuri, saw a number of international bands and artistes take the stage. This festival was presented by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in association with New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC).
As the Deputy General of ICCR Padmaja Reddy said, This year has artistes from 12 countries including Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and Kazakhstan, giving the audience a taste of contemporary jazz from around the world. ICCR Director General Akhilesh Mishra said after the festival, the bands will perform in 22 cities in India.
On the first day, the Pulsar Trio from Germany, with its unique combination of a sitar, drums, and a piano, had the audience transfixed. The Dean Nookadu Quintet from Mauritius, also had the viewers asking for more.
The second evening of this three-day festival was just as enchanting with performances given by The Go Back Project from Korea, and the Fran Molina Trio, a jazz-flamenco band hailing from Madrid, Spain. As guitar player Fran Molina proclaimed, It is a great idea to host an international platform for jazz. He added that showcasing local as well as international talent is always important.
Drummer Fernando Alandes commented on the benefits of getting an international platform. It's always fantastic playing in Delhi. When I last came here, 13 years ago, I met sitar player Sanjeeb Sircar, and I invited him to play with us. The resultant collaboration was indeed a memorable one.
The last day of the festival saw performances by bands such as Asia 7 from Thailand, Fusion (Syria), as well as Jazzmed, a proficient music group from Austria who also work as physicians with Doctors Without Borders.