Thai jazz takes centrestage at Indigo and Blues
The fourth edition of Indigo and Blues, a jazz and blues festival is back in the city this Sunday. “Indigo 91.9 has always been about creating musical experiences and not just the radio station,” says Satya Narayana Murthy, CEO of Indigo 91.9, the organisers of the fest. “The event promises to be a day of unadulterated jazz,” he adds.
Headlining the festival is Passakorn Morasilpin and his quintet all the way from Thailand. The band will be playing a combination of jazz with traditional Thai music. “Jazz is not that popular in Thailand,” says Morasilpin who will be playing the saxophone. “We do have serious listeners and great musicians but I feel the genre needs more time to become a part of mainstream music in Thailand.”
It is the band’s first time in Bengaluru and they are keen to learn more about Indian music. “The harmonies and rhythms in Indian music are so deep. Rudresh Mahanthappa is one guy who really inspired me. I’m trying to do what he is doing but with Thai influences. Trilok Gurtu is also someone I listen to a lot.”
The band will be joined by Jazz Junction consisting of Olga Andreeva, Gerard Machado, Jason Quadros, Colin D’Cruz and Matteo. The foremost name in the Bengaluru jazz circuit, UNK (The Radha Thomas Ensemble) is going to be taking the stage at the event. Radha Thomas will be playing with Ramjee Chandran, Matt Littlewood, Mishko M’ba, Anurag Naidu and Rahul Gopal. The lineup also has musicians from all over India, such as Moonarra, and Blues Power.
“Curating a jazz festival is not easy,” confesses Murthy. “Whilst for rock or EDM festivals there are many bands to choose from, for jazz you only have a select few outfits,” he tells us.
August 28. 12 noon. At Hotel Royal Orchid, Old Airport Road. Tickets (`999 upwards) on
— Anagha M