He started studying
piano at the age of four and from 1986, when
he ?rst performed his own music, is author of
ballets, operas, music for theatre and special
projects performed worldwide.
His way to play and improvise is part of the
excellence of international pianism. Tradition
and Experimentation have the same leading role
in his music. His creations and improvisations
have always been the result of a personal concept
of music that rejects any limitations on style
personal musical alphabet goes across different
genres, bringing to his listeners the freshness,
the intensity and the power of a really strong
pianism, a deep spiritual approach and the lightness
of captivating melodies.
This is an outcome of four Indian
virtuosos coming together to create something unique, and Jazz
up the listener
Dhruv Ghanekar, who has been composing
and producing music in virtually every genre; Gino Banks, who
is a very versatile drummer and has been performing and recording
with artists of all types of genre; Sheldon D’Silva, who
has been performing all over the world and performing with legends
is a bassist to watch out; Harmeet Manseta, who has been playing
piano for around 10 years His primary area of musical expression
is the idiom of Jazz improvisation along with the allied genres
of R&B, funk and alternative rock.
Why (FRANCE) - April 8th 2011
BE WHY was created in September
2006. On April 17th and 18th 2009 the band recorded its first
album, live at Bois-Guillaume (Normandie, France), named Be Live.
BE WHY offers a vibrant repertoire of 20 original compositions
drawing on mainly on funk but finding inspiration in wild improvisations:
Earth Wind and Fire, James Brown, Tower of Power.
After over 60 performances as BE
WHY, the 10 musicians have blended their strong individual artistic
personalities into a powerful, dynamic and technically masterful
into the band. All come from the best musical schools in the country,
notably Rémi Biet's Jazz Class at Roue.
According to their public, BE WHY
is following the path of U.S. funk ensembles such as Tower of
Power, but they tend to break away from standard funk as they
offer somewhat darker.
Jensen Quintet (CANADA) - April 9th 2011
Montreal-based saxophonist and
composer Christine Jensen has been described as, “an original
voice on the international jazz scene… [and] one of Canada’s
most compelling composers,” by the Globe and Mail.
“Jensen writes in three dimensions,
with a quiet kind of authority that makes the many elements cohere.
Wayne Shorter, Maria Schneider and Kenny Wheeler come to mind.”-Down
Jensen has toured the world with
her quintet, and has made numerous appearances at the Montreal
International Jazz Festival with both her small and large ensembles
over the years .
After a decade of experimentation
and experience, India’s pre-eminent guitarist Amyt Datta
(PINKNOISE, Skinny Alley, D-For-Brother) has come together with
the irreverent Jivraj Singh .Using an open-source, modular architecture,
the duo can play everything themselves or open the door so other
modern minds can step into the lab with them.
This is demanding, challenging,
frenetic, splintered music, like the country it comes from.
If you try to pin it down and put it in a box, it will fight you.
(SWEDEN) - April 9th 2011
imagine a band which has excellent musicians and play good solid
music, have received standing ovations all over the world: in
Paris, Germany, New Orleans, Moscow, London, Havana, Marseille,
Seoul.....This is Jump4joy from Sweden.
As an award winning artist, Ulf
Sandström is skilled in piano and organ. He also has a magnetic
voice which can bring you into the dreamlike world and Appreciating
the charm of music.
Jump4Joy is a constant experiment,
where Ulf & Bo bring their very special humor and energy as
a duo or quartet to club gigs, concerts, festivals, theatres,
burlesque shows, dance events, corporate events, symphony arrangements
and gospel choirs.
Wölk Trio (GERMANY) - April 10th 2011
Berlin - based piano trio around the pianist, composer and arranger
Ekkehard Wölk ( with Johannes Fink on bass and drummer Andrea
Marcelli) has been active for many years now, having done celebrated
festival performances, at the Bachfest Leipzig, the MDR Music
Summer and the Kurt - Weill festival in Dessau, among many others.
After three previous albums released
in Germany and Italy and several radio performances for Deutschlandradio
Kultur, RBB and BR Munich , this year the EKKEHARD WÖLK TRIO
released their new CD 'THE BERLIN ALBUM' ( Jazzwerkstatt Records,
2011), with many original compositions as well as brilliantly
colourful jazz - arrangements of themes by well - known German
The trio's own pieces are often
inspired by motifs and images from literature, films and also
experiences of nature which are transposed into the dynamically
interactive and exciting musical world of powerful contemporary
Heri Group (INDIA)- April 10th 2011
One of the
country’s biggest names in Jazz Fusion music, Amit Heri
has been playing guitar from the age of 13. Amit is a versatile
guitarist with a wide repertoire encompassing styles as diverse
as the Blues, Jazz, Indian & Western Classical as well as
Rock & Pop.
The Amit Heri Group has been regarded
as India’s top Indo-Jazz outfit and performs original tracks
composed by Amit. Listed among the top 50 creative Indians in
Open Magazine’s August 2010 edition, Amit's objective is
to share a personal journey through music that highlights the
commonality between cultures and people.
Line Up for the Festival:
AMIT HERI - acoustic & electric guitars;
MAARTEN VISSER - soprano & tenor saxophones;
HARMEET MANSETA - keyboards;
KARL PETERS - Bass;
ADRIAN D'SOUZA - drums
AAB + Clademonium (in a collaborative concert with Indian musicians)
- April 10th 2011
were formed sometime back in the late 1980’s when a bass
player didn’t show up for a gig and twin brothers Tom and
Phil Bancroft and guitarist Kevin Mackenzie decided to go ahead
with no bass and enjoyed it.
The band has since gone on to make 3
critically acclaimed Cds and to develop a reputation as being
a seriously fun band exploring a whole range of influences –
post Ornette bop, ECM jazz, Celtic folk, drum n bass, house, the
Sound of Music, and indie rock – as well as becoming a powerhouse