Jazz has always been synonymous with freedom, pushing boundaries and deconstructing traditional techniques to redefine the fabric of music. Teamwork Arts’ Jazz India Circuit International Festival is back with the magic of this inherently experimental genre, with its 2018-19 season featuring contemporary jazz musicians from across the globe who continue to push the boundaries of the genre today.
The Festival will be held on December 1 and December 2 at the International Centre Goa, Dona Paula. On their maiden tour in India, the two-time Grammy-nominated Australian quartet Hiatus Kaiyote are set to headline the festival. Formed in Melbourne in 2011 with Naomi “Nai Palm Saalfield” (on vocals, guitar), Paul Bender (on bass), Simon Mavin (on keyboards) and Perrin Moss (on drums, percussion), the group was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Performance for their song ‘Nakamarra’, performed with Q-Tip in 2013. The song appears on their debut album, Tawk Tomahawk.
Joining them at the festival, are Indian and international jazz musicians like keyboardist Jerome Klein from Luxembourg, and Goan drumming legend Lester Godinho.
One of Europe’s most exciting jazz groups OZMA will also take the stage. The 15 years old quintet features Edouard Séro-Guillaume on bass and composition, Stéphane Scharlé on drums and composition, Julien Soro on saxophones, Guillaume Nuss on the trombone and Tam de Villiers on guitar.
Indian guitar prodigy Rhythm Shaw and his band Orjazzmic will also be live in action. Rhythm is the guitarist for Amit Trivedi’s band and occasionally for AR Rahman too.
Also in the line-up are French afro-funk ensemble Supergombo and finally World Service Project, leading specialists of British ‘punk-jazz’ and arguably one of the finest and most exported live acts in Europe.
Talking about what’s in store, managing director, Teamwork Arts, Sanjoy K Roy said: “The Jazz India Circuit is your one-stop destination to hear the hippest in jazz today. Mix that in with a groovy, completely immersive experience, and you’ve got yourself no reason to miss even a riff. We’re enormously excited about the line-up for JIC Goa.”
(The festival will be held on December 1 and December 2, 2018, at International Centre Goa, Panjim)