Jazzing It Up

The first-ever Delhi Jazz Festival looks to enthral music enthusiasts this April.

As the humidity-laden summer settles sluggishly on India’s capital, strains of jazz will fill the air in a three-day extravaganza, injecting a rush of freshness into the drudgery. From April 8 to 10, the lush lawns of Nehru Park will play host to nine exponents of jazz from India and around the world at the Delhi Jazz Festival, presented by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Seher.

“Nehru Park will come alive with the strings and notes of variety of music from countries such as Italy, Canada, Sweden, France, Germany, Scotland – the likes of which has never been experienced before in India. Truly heralding the onset of spring in the air!” says Sanjeev Bhargava, Creative Director, Seher.

The Jazz Festival also comes as a celebration of the centenary year of New Delhi and is an attempt to nudge the city into the ranks of cities around the globe that host highly celebrated jazz festivals. Concurs Suresh Goel, Director General, ICCR, “Every major city such as Montreal, London, Stockholm and Edinburgh has a world class Jazz Festival that is not just named after the city but almost defines its cultural ethos. With a truly international Delhi Jazz Festival, we intend to include Delhi in this list.”

International artists that are set to take the stage at the first-ever Delhi Jazz Festival include Italian pianist Cesare Picco, Berlin-based piano trio Ekkehard Wölk, Jump4Joy from Sweden, the Christine Jensen Quintet from Canada, Scotland’s Trio AAB and Be Why from France. Representation from India includes Amit Heri, one of the country’s biggest names in Jazz Fusion, D-Company and Fractal.

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