Swing, blues, fu­sion: All that jazz will be at this fest in the Cap­i­tal

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - HTCITY MY CITY - Ruchika Garg ■ [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

If you are a lover of jazz or want to ac­quaint your­self with the genre, then head to Giants of Jazz, an on­go­ing mu­sic fes­ti­val. In its fourth edi­tion, this event has artists and bands from across the world. The per­for­mances at the 10-day-long fes­ti­val will in­clude artists from France, Bel­gium, and the UK.

Award-win­ning Bri­tish punk jazz group World­ser­vice Project mes­merised the au­di­ence on Wed­nes­day. Dave More­croft from the group says, “We have per­formed in Delhi be­fore as well, and had re­ceived a great re­sponse. It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to play for an au­di­ence that lis­tens. We have seen a lot of young peo­ple in our shows. They are en­thu­si­as­tic and open to jazz and ex­per­i­men­tal mu­sic, which is re­fresh­ing.”

This is in­deed an in­ter­est­ing time to get hooked to jazz, says the fes­ti­val or­gan­iser, Ar­jun Sa­gar Gupta. “The cur­rent jazz scene in In­dia is grow­ing among the young en­thu­si­asts and ex­per­i­men­tal mu­si­cians. How­ever, the per­for­mances so far have been very scat­tered and poorly pro­duced. This fes­ti­val is a con­cen­trated ef­fort to cre­ate aware­ness for the genre. For some­one who doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily lis­ten to jazz, this is the op­por­tu­nity to start your jour­ney into the world of jazz,” says Gupta.

Max Clouth from Max Clouth Clan — pop­u­lar for his al­bums Re­turn Flight and Gui­tar — is back this year. He says, “We are play­ing mu­sic from our lat­est re­lease, Ka­maloka, on the con­clud­ing day of the fes­ti­val. We love per­form­ing in Delhi. The best part is that the au­di­ence here un­der­stands and re­spects the mu­sic. It seems that they are re­ally into jazz.”

World­ser­vice Project, which per­formed at this fest, is an award-win­ning Bri­tish punk jazz group

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