Universal Glory of Jazz Music in Delhi – The New Indian Express

Express press service

Celebrating the best musicians from around the world and their love for jazz, the fifth edition of Giants of Jazz, organized by the Piano Man Jazz Club, offers an exciting line-up of 13 artists and 22 performances. The festival, which kicked off earlier this week, gives you the chance to hear Grammy-winning Brazilian band Ivan Santos perform with Canada’s Shuffling Demons.

“Jazz is 120 years of music evolution. It’s a constantly evolving form of music, based on the influencers it meets, each adding their own vocabulary,” says Arjun Sagar Gupta, Founder and owner of The Piano Man. , adding: “Every artist we have brings something different to the mix. And that’s the purpose of the festival, to create a focal point where people can listen to everyone in the world and we support that with concerts every days.”

Having such an eclectic lineup isn’t child’s play and Gupta walks us through the multiple methodologies for creating the lineup. “All the jazz festivals are happening in India at the same time, so we associate our festival with this one because it has the highest number of celebrities touring India, with all the embassies supporting these tours. We are part of the circuit and we get a few artists through it. We also get artists through an organization called Gatecrash, in addition to having our own network. With a permutation of those factors, the schedule is decided, which takes at least six months. As the dates get closer, the team shifts towards logistical management – how to effectively manage each of the artists and ensure the festival runs smoothly.”

Talking about the current jazz scenario in Delhi, Gupta believes that the acceptance and understanding of the basic level of music has grown tremendously. “We still have a long way to go. People often say that this form of music is not for us but they say it without knowing the music. So the purpose of the room is to give people a chance to decide whether they like it or not.”

In the early 2000s, Gupta was playing with his trio, the only jazzmen in town. Today, there is a community of 30 to 40 players. “It’s not a big step forward, but it’s definitely an important step. So the two essential conditions for building a culture are exposure and education,” adds Gupta.

Celebrating the best musicians from around the world and their love for jazz, the fifth edition of Giants of Jazz, organized by the Piano Man Jazz Club, offers an exciting line-up of 13 artists and 22 performances. The festival, which kicked off earlier this week, gives you the chance to hear Grammy-winning Brazilian band Ivan Santos perform with Canada’s Shuffling Demons. “Jazz is 120 years of music evolution. It’s a constantly evolving form of music, based on the influencers it meets, each adding their own vocabulary,” says Arjun Sagar Gupta, Founder and owner of The Piano Man. , adding: “Every artist we have brings something different to the mix. And that’s the purpose of the festival, to create a focal point where people can listen to everyone in the world and we support that with concerts every days.” Having such an eclectic lineup isn’t child’s play and Gupta walks us through the multiple methodologies for creating the lineup. “All the jazz festivals are happening in India at the same time, so we associate our festival with this one because it has the highest number of celebrities touring India, with all the embassies supporting these tours. We are part of the circuit and we get a few artists through it. We also get artists through an organization called Gatecrash, in addition to having our own network. With a permutation of those factors, the schedule is decided, which takes at least six months. As the dates get closer, the team shifts towards logistical management – how to effectively manage each of the artists and ensure the festival runs smoothly.” Talking about the current jazz scenario in Delhi, Gupta believes that the acceptance and understanding of the basic level of music has grown tremendously. “We still have a long way to go. People often say that this form of music is not for us but they say it without knowing the music. So the purpose of the room is to give people a chance to decide whether they like it or not.” In the early 2000s, Gupta was playing with his trio, the only jazzmen in town. Today, there is a community of 30 to 40 players. “It’s not a big step forward, but it’s definitely an important step. So the two essential conditions for building a culture are exposure and education,” adds Gupta.

Ada J. Kenney