Friends and fellow city dwellers it’s that time of year again. Even though I am yet to spot my first monkey cap of the season there’s no denying the frisson of excitement in the air (aside from the smog, off course). The blessed winter season, when the city that always sleeps finally awakes and doesn’t take so much as a nap again till January, is upon us at last. And what better proof that the season of fun has officially begun than the Jazzfest Kolkata 2018. Not that you need them but here are some reasons you shouldn’t miss the fest this year!
Here's Why You Mustn’t Miss Jazzfest 2018
Tubes and Wires
One of the best things about the Jazzfest is that it brings together a whole range of jazz acts, both homegrown and from around the world. From fresh young acts to old stalwarts, experimental to classic you never know who you will come across. Last year I happily discovered Kefaya a band that blends folksy tunes from across the globe. This year I am particularly curious about Tubes and Wires led by Niels Klein from Germany. Breaking free of the conventional boundaries of the genre they blend woodwinds and electronics and describe themselves as “entertaining Sci - Fi -Jazz."
The Gauthier Toux Trio
Another group to look forward to are the rising star of the French, Swiss and European Jazz scene - The Gauthier Toux Trio. They blend pop and hip hop to create a unique sound. The Trio has performed more than 100 concerts since its inception. Whether you are catching up with old friends or forging new friendships the Jazzfest is a melting pot of true jazz aficionados from across the city. So what are you waiting for?
The WorldService Project
The leading specialists of British punk-jazz the WorldService project is known for its mesmerising live performances. Said to be thrilling and heart wrenching these theatrical live shows have been witnessed by audiences in 18 countries and counting including America, Europe, Japan, China and India. Described as “ Downton Abbey run by anarchists...a mesmerising combination of brutality and dark humour” by Matthew Wright, Jazzwise, this is a highly anticipated act and I cannot wait to see what they have in store for us.
And Then There's The Setting
Something that sets the festival apart is its setting in the lawns of the Dalhousie Institute a 150-year-old colonial club in the city. Unlike the sprawling multiple stage festivals that are the norm these days, this intimate setting really lends itself to the nature of the music. With its abundance of reasonably priced alcohol and nostalgic array of club finger foods, the DI does not disappoint.