When the music begins…

Panjim Plus-1st September ’04

It’s getting better each time…bigger audience, more stars, grander music. The last edition of Jazz Goa was held on August 27th at Gonsalves Mansion, Campal from 7pm onwards.
The star studded evening got off to a splendid start with violin Chakoravarthy award winner S. Hari Kumar who hails from Kerala. He is the desciple of world renowned jazz violinist Dr. L. Subramanium. Accompanying him was tabla and ghatam player H. subramanium. Jazzy Joe the ace saxophonist, clarinet player, violinist,flautist, pianist, etc. who rgaled the crowd at the last edition of Jazz Goa was down despite very difficult time commitments. Virtually freaking out on his golden saxophone, even as he belted out some mind blowing fusion with the indian artistes, Jazzy clearlt stole the show.
One of the touching moments of the evening was an original composition by Stanley Pinto in memory of jazz lover and musician late Michael Fredrick D’Souza, to whom this edition of the show was dedicated. stanley also did a marvellous job at the clavinova, a Yamaha electric piano, which was generously lent by city music shop Furtado’s and Co.
Legendary goan violinist Jerry Fernandes, recipient of the Phalke award, now in retirement in Goa, was there too. Not only did he grace the occasion, but sprung a pleasant surprise at the audience by displaying streaks of brilliance with the violin.
And if that weren’t enough, out of nowhere came Hema Sardesai to enthrall the audience with her inimitable voice.
The show would not be complete without Just Jazz, the goan jazz band that has created such a strong following, comprising Belinda Oliveira (vocals), George Fernandez (piano), Colin D’Cruz (bass guitar) and Lester Godinho (drums).
There were also many new faces at the show. Dr. G.K. Singh, who happened to be down in Goa, also played the saxophone. Dr, Singh is part of the Jazz Junky’s, a group of professionals who play jazz ‘on the side’.
Teen sensation Veeam Braganza, young musicians Gary and Kirk from Kenya, Gita (vocals), Chagras (trumpet), Carlos (percussion), little Dwane (violin) and many others, each excelled in their own way.
Says Armando Gonsalves, one of the brains behind the event, “Jazz Goa looks forward to a lot of new musicians performing at the show”.
Jazz Goa is now working on a novel concept of Heritage Jazz Yatra, which aims to merge the beauty of Goa’s heritage homes with the greatness of Goan music. To this end, one house each in the north and south Goa, besides the Gonsalves Mansion, will be selected for holding the event.
For further information on the same call 9822120198 or 9822487818. Email trancemedia@sancharnet.in

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