Delhi Jazz Festival: Where music does the talking

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By Hindustan Times

The Delhi jazz music lovers were once again treated to a dose of world class jazz on Friday at the second edition of the Delhi Jazz Festival, organized by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in collaboration with Seher at the Nehru Park in New Delhi.

Last year this time, almost 10,000 music lovers had gathered at the same venue for the first edition of the festival.

On Friday, three bands from Poland and India performed on the first day of the 3-day (March 16th to 18th) jazz music extravaganza.

Right after a brief inauguration by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) president, Dr Karan Singh, the stage was thrown open to the Wojtek Mazolewski Qintet from Poland. The five piece band led by Wojtek Mazoewski, composer and bass player of the band, took off instantly with their lively music of casual yet nicely blended elements of punk rock and folkish concoction. Their sax and trumpet runs were truly something new for Delhi audience. They also performed their album titled number 'Smells like Tape Spirit', which has been making quite a wave at the Polish radio charts.

The second band on stage was India's HFT, with the Great Society famed greats - guitarist Arjun Sen and bass player Lew Hilt, along with Suchet Malhotra (drumcussion) completing the lineup. Their music was a soothing fusion of experimentation with the percussion, using rainsticks (a percussion instrument made from a long hollow tube filled with pebbles or beads), flutter-tonguing and guitar chord progression melody. Lew Hilt's bass lines inspired numbers were also well received by the audience. Their last piece, 'No Room to Move', from their album Acquired Senses, inspired by the Delhi traffic scene, was a bit 'noisy' with heavy bass lines and guitar overdrives.

The highlight of the day's event was that of the Louiz Banks Matrixx, led by jazz virtuoso Louiz Banks, where the father-son duo (Louiz (keyboard) and Gino Banks(drums) along with bass player Sheldon D'Silva and saxophonist Tara left the crowd spell bound and asking for more. Louiz's rippling moves on the keys and Tara's searing and rich tone of the sax was simply mesmerizing. When asked how he found the experience of performing in Delhi in this festival, Louiz said, " It was just amazing. I hope the crowd just grows and grows from strength to strength and be aware of the beautiful music such as jazz."

The Delhi Jazz Festival was started in 2011 with an attempt to bring together jazz music players from different countries on one platform.

The next 2 days will features bands from Georgia, France, India, Germany and Mexico.

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