Jaipurites play jazz and blues music
The second day of the Jaipur Jazz and Blues Festival , a 3-day world class music festival witnessed fascinating performances by four different bands in Central Park on Saturday. The festival is being organized by Seher in association with UNESCO & Rajasthan tourism .
The musical evening began with the performance of Joao Bittencourt, an accomplished pianist, accordionist, composer & musical director from Brazil. They presented the traditional musical style from the northeast of Brazil & performed songs like To Touch the Sky, Escape to the North East & They or Them, among others. While Joao played piano & accordion, he was accompanied by Kabir Agarwal on Bass & Aditya Dutta on drums.
This was followed by the performance of multi instrumentalist, composer, singer & songwriter from India, Dhruv Visvanath. He sang songs such as Carry, Write, Jungle, Obituary & Dark, among others. He also impressed the audience with his acoustic guitar skills. It is worth noting that Dhruv is the only Indian to be mentioned in Acoustic Guitar Magazine USA’s “30 Great Guitarists under 30.” Accompanying him were Ajay Jayanthi on violin & strings, Rohan Rajadhyaksha on Keyboard & Piano, Ankit Dayal on percussion. Backing him on the vocals were Rohan Rajadhyaksha & Ankit Dayal.
Next came the performance of New York based guitarist & composer, Shubh Saran. He rendered songs like It was you, Safe, Storm, Haze, Slip & Ascent. Shubh’s intricate compositions fuse sounds from modern jazz, neo-soul, & rock with classical & contemporary Indian music.He was accompanied by Christian Li on Keys, Mark Minoogian on bass, Shawn Crowder & Josh Bailey on drums, Jared Yee on tenor saxophone & Brian Plautz on alto saxophone.
The scintillating evening concluded with the enthralling performance of the Blues band from Shillong, Soulmate. They performed blues numbers like The way we are, I sing the blues & Give Love. The songs were based on the life experiences of the band members. In their band were Tipriti Kharbangar on vocals & guitar, Rudy Wallang on guitar & vocals, Leon Wallang on bass guitarand Vincent Tariang on drums.