Jazz Goa celebrates international jazz day!

Jazz Goa in association with Houses of Goa participated in a global celebration of jazz, the only form of music that embraces all other forms of music and as the stage banner said ‘It’s not just about improvisation, it’s about a meeting of minds and cultures’. The array of artistes from across India, around the world and Goa of course, did just that in spectacular three hour concert. The opening act ‘Ultra Brass Sound’ led by French horn player Rui Lobo set the tone for the concert with a classically tinged jazz tune. Bim Bam project from Germany featuring Ping Pong and La Coco then took the stage in a vocal/percussion spontaneous jam that got the audience grooving all the way. Then came Goa’s music ambassador Zezinho Fernandes with Latin Connection who gave the concert a Goan flavour with some foot tapping latin-jazz. along the same vein ‘twin’ flautist Neville D’Souza brought the house down with his original composition ‘Pedrucho Kombo’ played to perfection on two flutes at the same time. The show was now well into it’s elements with show host Raymond Albuquerque keeping the crowd riveted to the stage. He announced Goa’s amazing drummer girl Anastazia Dmello who took the stage with pianist Jason Quadros and bassist Colin D’Cruz to simply blow the crowd away with a slamming drum solo. Veteran jazz vocalist Susan Rocha then delivered a beautiful rendition of Moon Dance with Jason and Colin staying back onstage to back her with Bosco D’Souza on drums. Next came Bangalore’s indo-jazz fusion outfit ‘Moon Arra’ featuring some of the most accomplished Indian classical musicians that included vocalist Chaitra Sontakke, Mohan Veena player Pandit Prakash Sontakke and fusion drummer Kartik Mani with Madhuri and Jagdeesh Mudambi doing the jazz honours on vocals and guitar. They were joined by Goa’s star percussionist Carlos Gonsalves with Colin D’Cruz filling in the bass player’s seat to complete the band. Moon Arra created some of the most amazing sounds of indo-jazz fusion that enthralled the audience. Then it was time for Goa’s latin-jazz-funk-blues band ‘Smoking Chuntey’ to nail it as the final act and they did it in style. Chrystal Farrell has to be one of India’s most promising singers quite capable of taking on the international arena, she has the stage presence to match her fabulous voice and with Smoking Chutney featuring some of India’s best musicians, Chrystal gets the perfect platform to do her thing. Bassist Colin announced Chrystal’s chart topping single ‘Chrystal’s Song’ that was number one on the international jazz vocal charts. The band went ahead with the first public performance of ‘Chrystal’s Song’ that drew thunderous applause. The band then invited all the artistes who performed earlier for an open jam session to bring the curtains down on a great concert at one of Goa’s most spectacular venues, the Amphitheatre Houses of Goa built by renowned architect Gerard da Cunha.


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