It was a spellbinding evening at Jazz India Circuit Delhi- 2018 at One Golden Mile, Teamwork Arts “Jazz India Circuit” has collated a musical arena of Indo and western remix to Jazz, where we experienced legendary drummer Dave Weckl and Experimental musicians from Absandey , Soulful music from the diaspora house and others.
JIC is planning to extend the concert with new international and national artistes, as they announced about the next concert on 17th March 2018 artiste lineup is yet to be announced.
While interviewing the artistes, they shared some interesting tidbits about mistakes made during the performances and how the team covers it up, well, most of the times. At the end of the day, it’s all about how they laugh it off.
As this was the first concert of Dave and Abesandy together … it was a different experience for both Mohini and Abhijeet as they told us during this interview about how they pulled it up together and how excited they are to perform the composition.
Effort of Teamwork art was visible form the arrangement and planning at this large-scale event. They find it challenging when it comes to audience. Even with hand full of jazz lovers in Delhi, the concert was sold out and the venue on the second day was fully packed.
Mohini Dey, daughter of bass player Sujoy Dey, has been described as a prodigy by many acclaimed musicians. Mohini started learning the bass guitar at the age of 3, performed at concerts and recordings at the age of 10, and now, at 17, is an extraordinary bass player playing across the world with celebrated musicians.
Abhijith P.S. Nair is a sensational young violinist and film music composer based in India. Known for his instrumental video projects, he was introduced to Carnatic music at the age of 13. He has recently collaborated with legendary drummer Dave Weckl for his first international instrumental jazz fusion album “Saraswati At Montreux”. He has shared the stage with great artistes like Padmashree K.J. Yesudas, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan, Sivamani, and many more.
Sandeep Mohan is a talented young guitarist who did his 8th grade in Western classical guitar from Trinity College, London. Sandeep founded his first band in 2008 called Wings. The band did many shows within Kerala and outside. Sandeep has played in S36, the official band for the Rajasthan Royals in the 2010 IPL season. He has worked in many Malayalam and Telegu films and collaborated with Dave Weckl for his first “Saraswati At Montreux”.
Joe Johnson is one of the finest keyboard players from South India and has worked with the jazz fusion band Karnatrix led by the popular guitarist John Antony. He performed with the jazz drummer Senri Kawaguchi on her Indian tour and has worked with many bands and artistes in Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius, Maldives, UAE, etc.
The Diaspora House
John Law’s Congregation
The Karan Khosla Trio
Karan Khosla, the Trio’s main guitarist, has a passion for playing bebop, blues and good old rock and roll. He is a long time protégé of jazz guitar icon and pedagogue, Matthew Warnock with hundreds of sessions to his credit and plays regularly for some of the city’s most popular music acts such as BollyJazz, The NuDeli Rhythm Section and many others. As a songwriter, Karan has written music for popular alternative-rock band, “The Limited Experience”, whose video “Constitution of Love” has been widely featured on MTV Asia.
Ekaterina Aristova, who is on upright bass, is originally from St. Petersburg, Russia and finished music school as a classical piano player. She graduated from the M.P. Musorgskys St. Petersburg State Music College as a double bass/bass guitar player and music teacher. She has also learnt the art of improvising, arrangement and performing with jazz orchestras in special workshops at the Bayerisch Musikakademy, Marktoberdorf, Germany and has trained in the theory of jazz music and improvising at the workshops of the legendary American piano player Barry Harris.
Aditya Dutta (Delhi-based drummer) is part of The Piano Man Jazz Club’s in- house band. He performs and collaborates as a session musician with various artistes from independent music circuits of Delhi and NCR. He is also on the drumming faculty at music schools across the city.