India Jazz Up

India Jazz Up – A Fusion of Cultures Through Music

In a recent evening of contemporary jazz titled ‘India Jazz Up’ at the Prestige Srihari Khoday Centre for Performing Arts, Bengaluru, a trio of internationally renowned musicians came together for a truly unique performance. Hosted by the Italian Consulate, the event featured Paolo Fresu on trumpet, Rita Marcotulli on piano, and Trilok Gurtu on a variety of percussion instruments, blending Indian and Italian influences into a mesmerizing musical experience.

The music was elegant and original, showcasing a blend of genres that may not typically sit well with mainstream music lovers. However, the trio’s performance was nothing short of exceptional, with their jazz incorporating elements of World music, Soul, Rock, African beats, and even overtly Indian tones.

Paolo Fresu’s rendition of ‘O que tinha de ser’ was particularly memorable, evoking emotions of lost love with its bluesy and soulful tones. His mastery of the trumpet and flugelhorn was remarkable, often switching between the two instruments seamlessly within a single piece.

Trilok Gurtu’s percussion skills were equally impressive, using a wide range of instruments including the tabla, Cajon, and a host of hybridized percussion items. His composition ‘Water Song’ showcased his unique style, combining western drums, Indian tabla, African djembe, and congas into a mesmerizing rhythmic experience.

Rita Marcotulli, known for her love for the piano since childhood, brought her own unique flair to the performance. Influenced by jazz pianist Thelonius Monk, Rita’s compositions and performances have earned her acclaim and recognition in the jazz world.

Despite their diverse backgrounds and influences, the trio managed to create a seamless fusion of sounds that was both captivating and soul-stirring. Their ability to blend different musical styles and cultures was a testament to the power of music to transcend boundaries and bring people together.

According to Manoj Singh, VP of the Centre, all three musicians took just one day to practice and tune the instruments sourced by the Prestige Srihari Centre, showcasing their exceptional talent and dedication to their craft.

Trilok Gurtu, with his unconventional percussion beats, moved to Europe to find appreciation and has since collaborated with legendary artists such as John McLaughlin. Rita Marcotulli, on the other hand, fell in love with jazz at a young age and has since composed and performed with renowned musicians like Chet Baker and Richard Galliano.

Paolo Fresu, a professor of music and director of various international cultural institutions, has been playing the trumpet since the age of 11. With over 350 recordings in jazz, ethnic, contemporary, and ancient music, Paolo’s contributions to the world of music are truly remarkable.

As Italian Consul General Alfonso Tagliaferri rightly put it, “Music is the easiest way to form cultural links.” The ‘India Jazz Up’ evening was a shining example of how music can bridge cultural divides and create a harmonious blend of sounds that resonate with audiences worldwide.

So, if you’re ever in Bengaluru and see an event called “India Jazz Up,” don’t miss it! You might just experience a whole new world of music. And hey if this unique blend caught your eye, check out musifie to find more artists that are just masters at blending genres.

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