Print Edition - 2016-03-06  |  Life & Style

Gypsy Jazz Festival kicks off in Pokhara

- Post Report, Kathmandu
Artists Daniel Givone from France, Irene Ypenburg from the Netherlands, and Hari Maharjan from Nepal, among others, are performing at the fest

Mar 6, 2016-The third iteration of the Gypsy Jazz Festival kicked off on Friday, March 4, at the Hotel Snowland, in Pokhara. The festival is being organised by a group of jazz enthusiasts, Nepal Gypsy Jazz. The opening day of the fest saw two shows and a workshop.

The week-long festival will see performances by acclaimed musicians from Nepal and abroad. Performing during the festival will be artists such as Daniel Givone from France, Patrick Perrier from Switzerland, Greg Pittet from Switzerland, Irene Ypenburg from the Netherlands, and Hari Maharjan from Nepal. The festival will continue for three days in Pokhara. The festival will then move on to Kathmandu and will continue in venues such as Flavors Restaurant and Bar, Alliance Franchise of Kathmandu, the Summit Hotel, and the Attic Bar. Gypsy Jazz, an eccentric form of music—that basically incorporates local folk tunes into its repertoire and is popular for its fusion of gypsy music with swing  jazz—is believed to have originated largely in the 1930’s France, and is performed and celebrated worldwide. However, it still remains exclusive in Asia and South Asia. It was only from the mid 90’s that it carved an inroad into Nepali music scene. 

Though it was performed occasionally by a small range of musicians, it was only in 2014 that it took the form of a festival—initiated by the Nepal Gypsy Jazz Pvt Ltd—and was introduced to the larger range of listeners. With the ongoing third iteration, the organisers aim to foster the Gypsy Jazz scene in Nepal. 

“It’s a great privilege to have many prolific artists from around the world to participate in this festival. Culture of Gypsy jazz teaches us to be humble, compassionate and gives us room to connect with people at heart. I would like to thank all artists, businesses and organizations that supported us to make this happen. This festival will nudge Nepal to the spotlight of gypsy jazz community around the world and it’s a great achievement for our country as well. Festival has kicked off, all artists are here and I am very excited,” says Prateek Pradhan, managing director at the Nepal Gypsy Jazz. 

The festival will conclude on March 11, with a concert at the Summit Hotel, in Kathmandu.



Published: 06-03-2016 10:02

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