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Melodious Tunes at Goa International Jazz Live Festival (GIJLF) leaves everyone Grooving

The GIJLF mixes punk, hip hop, R&B and other forms of music with jazz to come up with the tunes that appeal to both the ears and feet

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Panaji, November 27, 2016: The feet couldn’t stop tapping and the body kept grooving as the soul danced to the melodious tunes of the jazz at the Goa International Jazz Live Festival (GIJLF) underway here.

Organised by Teamwork Arts, the event marks the beginning of the 2016 Jazz India Circuit Capital followed by ‘Jazz Yatra’ which will be held in the national capital.

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“The GIJLF is an experimental, up-tempo, funky celebration of new age jazz that aims to push the boundaries of what typically constitutes the sound of the genre,” Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts, told IANS.

“The GIJLF mixes punk, hip hop, R&B and other forms of music with jazz to come up with the tunes that appeal to both the ears and feet. While at the heart of the festival is jazz, the body and the soul are spiced up with experimental jams filled with punk, funk and other genres,” Roy added.

The artists at the GIJLF this year include the likes of Hely (Switzerland), DMT Jazz Trio (Delhi), Gael Horellou Identite (Reunion Island), Yuichiro Tokuda’s Ralyzzding (Japan), Tam De Villers Quartet (France), World Service Project (Britain), Malika Tirolien (Canada) and Steve Sequeria Ensemble (Goa).

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With cool breeze blowing from the Santarem Beach, the atmosphere was enthralling and the sounds of saxophone, guitars, drums and melodious voices echoed at the venue capturing the souls of the listeners.

The event began on the right note with Steve Sequeira performing on the stage playing piano along with his band members. Shortly after the audience witnessed the amazing performance by Sequeira, came in Hely, a band from Switzerland who enchanted the listeners with their performance on the piano and drums.

Then the stage was occupied by the DMT Jazz Trio, represented by three men hailing from Delhi, Madrid and Thiruvananthapuram and as they played, the audience grooved to their beats.

Fusion of old school music with contemporary beats was one of the highlights of this year’s event and it was witnessed in the last performance of the first day by Gael Horellou Identite from Reunion Island.

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The group presented the funky combination of saxophone and multiple musical instruments, some traditional of the Island, and the amalgamation of the genres created a beautiful contemporary fusion, compelling the audience to get on their feet.

Artists who will be seen performing on the second day on Sunday are True School All Stars, Yuichiro Tokuda’s Ralyzzdig, Tam De Villiers Quartet, Worldservice Project, and Malika Tirolien. (IANS)

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I Find a Lot of Independent Music These Days: Kavita Krishnamurthy

Better market for independent music now, says Kavita Krishnamurthy

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Kavita Krishnamurthy feels that the independent music scene in India has become "very, very good" now. Wikimedia Commons

BY SIDDHI JAIN 

Kavita Krishnamurthy, who has lent her voice for some of India’s most adored songs, feels that the independent music scene in India has become “very, very good” now.

“Earlier, any singer who had to make a headway as a light music singer, they had to make a breakthrough through films, only then they really got heard.

“Now through YouTube, Facebook and different ways of promoting your own songs, I find a lot of independent music, rock bands, jazz musicians, world musicians, have all come about in India, and have a better market in India than during my times,” the 61-year-old Padma Shri recipient told IANSlife.

Having sung for plenty of films in the past few decades, Krishnamurthy has lent her voice to actresses like Nutan, Helen, Shabana, Sridevi, and Kajol, to Karishma Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee. She began her recording career in 1971.

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Kavita Krishnamurthy feels that now through YouTube, Facebook and different ways of promoting your own songs, she found a lot of independent music. Pixabay

Some of the films she sang for include ‘Mr. India’, ‘Saudagar’, ‘1942: A Love Story’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan’, ‘Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam’, ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and ‘Devdas’.

Asked how Bollywood playback singing has changed over the course of her long career, she said that when she started out as a playback singer, she found most of her songs to be essentially Indian.

“They were based a lot on folk, a little bit sometimes raga-based, but more geet-kind of songs. Pronounciation of Hindi words also had to have a certain amount of clarity. The poets played a very important role.

“It could have been a classical-based song, a happy, sad or romantic duet, sometimes a bhajan in a movie. Also, we’d be recorded with the musicians most of the time, if we made a mistake we had to redo the whole song,” she said.

She added that it was never line-by-line, but half- or quarter-song was sung together. “It’s only after 2000, that you could do a line or half a phrase. Technically, things changed a lot.”

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Cut to the present day, and the acclaimed singer finds quite a lot of western-based numbers, Sufi songs, and item numbers. “Trends have changed and there are more rhythm-oriented and guitar-based songs than there were in the past.”

Kavita Krishnamurthy performed at the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival 2020 in the national capital on Saturday. (IANS)