Wild City, Gatecrash, Art Unites & Jazz in India and boxout.fm organize a three-day jazz weekend, which takes place in Delhi until May 1 at 1AQ in Mehrauli. In its first edition, the festival straddles international jazz daycelebrated on April 30.
The line-up includes German band Triorität, Gino Banks x Rhythm Shaw, Tribemama Marykali, The Revisit Project, Dutch band Boi Akih, T.il Apes, The Jass B’stards, Four+1, Raj and Pakshee. Besides these acts, the festival also includes a set of DJs who explore the different subgenres of jazz. They include DJ Hiranya, Coven Code member Priyam, Nash, alternative hip-hop/R&B group thegreybox, dub/bass producer Stain and Hamza.
“We thought it would be nice to showcase all the different genres that encompass and create what we now know as jazz. We have Pakshee, which is an Indian funk-jazz fusion band, Tribemama Marykali, which is R&B, soul with modern beats, T.il Apes is hip-hop with jazz, Raj plays low- fi with jazz guitar and Boi Akih plays world music with a soulful voice. We have Triorität playing that grunge, rock and psychedelic jazz. We want people to taste this new jazz and also say that jazz is no longer old school,” says Tanish Thakker, editor of online platform Jazz in India, who is also one of the co -organizers of festival.
He adds: “The place is magnificent, with the banyan tree in the background. If we are going to have a winter edition, it will be amazing here. In India, often we sit indoors during performances. But we thought we’d take people outside and do it big. However, we will also maintain Covid guidelines throughout the festival.
The organizers plan to host the summer and winter editions of the festival in different venues across the country. “We are planning to hold it (the festival) in cities like Goa, Bombay, Bangalore. The current festival in Delhi will be the summer edition and during winters we are planning to host it in Delhi and Goa,” says Thakker.
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