Jazz is Jazz
What is Jazz music? Many have tried to put their finger on it but Jazz is mercurial. Jazz is music that is alive, pulsating, ever changing and evolving, so everyone who has ever attempted to define it has been right in his or her own perspective.Jazz has its origins in the blues and ragtime music of the late 19th century which sprung from the plaintive work songs of the African slaves toiling in the plantations around New Orleans in the American South. Today, Jazz the African-American’s gift to the world of music, has no barriers or boundaries, no ethnicity, no religion, it’s a global phenomenon.
Ahead of World Jazz Day on April 30, we asked some of the leading Indian Jazz musicians what they understand by Jazz Music. We have listed below their responses which give us an understanding and insight into what is Jazz Music.
Jazz means Freedom. It gives you the scope to do what you like musically. It has a lot of influences from various parts of the globe and it's topical too. The performer is influenced by what is happening around them and the mood of the artist is reflected in the music. Jazz music is really open ended and all you need is the skills to deliver. Like the saying goes, “It don’t mean a thing if it ain't got the Swing”.
Jazz is something I don't know how to describe it, I know all that jazz standards that are to know. That's the music I grew up with. I am in the process of recording all the Jazz standards I have done and put them up on YouTube. My whole background of music comes from Jazz, all the big bands like Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Fats Domino, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and others. I cannot tell you how involved I am with Jazz. I have a world class collection of Jazz records at home which I take great pride in.
To me, jazz is a form of improvised music, the key element here is ‘improvisation’. If improvised music is jazz then Indian classical music is a form of jazz with foundations laid over two thousand years before a hip name was coined for it.
For me the whole Credo of Jazz Music is Innovation, Improvisation, Originality and Spontaneity!...the Jazz Greats inspired me to want to also experiment and Play That sound.. Improvise on the fly! Taking that risk and challenging myself.
The essence of Jazz to me is - it gives individual freedom in a collaborative environment… It's more challenging to perform, and more unpredictable to the ear. For me personally, Jazz is an organic blend of all the musical influences I have had, which includes, Jazz, Latin, Indian classical, classic rock, blues and world music.
Explore the history, influences and evolution of Jazz
Marking the occasion of International Jazz Day, celebrated worldwide on April 30th, Saavn will recognize the evolution of jazz and the genre's mainstay artists with a musical journey through the ages. Travel back to the streets of New Orleans and smoky New York clubs that eventually birthed a global phenomenon of diverse styles and influences.
The mobile festival will come alive on the Saavn app, where listeners can access curated collections of jazz playlists. Saavn’s digital and social media channels will also light up with facts, contests, photos and more around all things Jazz and Jazz artists.
Day 1 of the three-day event will kick-off with a celebration of the genre’s stalwarts and jazz greats, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Nina Simone, and Frank Sinatra, among others. Day 2 will see the genre’s influences and evolution, from its foray into electronic music with electro Jazz, a tryst with Bollywood and how the music has impacted cultural and political change. The final day, which coincides with International Jazz Day, will chronicle the present and the future of Jazz, featuring acclaimed musicians of today like Gregory Porter and Norah Jones along with the upcoming crop of artists who are making great strides in the genre.
Exhilarating and empowering, Saavn will, for the first time, celebrate the genre extensively this weekend
Jazz Junction to perform in Canada
India’s bass man Colin D’Cruz and his band Jazz Junction are all set to perform at the North American Music Productions show, A Musical Extravaganza, in July, at the Rose Theatre, in Brampton, Ontario. They will be performing alongside top international artistes including Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble, Salsa and Cuban Orchestra, Raga Jazz Ensemble, Gabriela Rodgers, Andre Anthony and many others.
Jazz Junction was formed by bass guitarist Colin D’Cruz in 2004 and features some of the most accomplished jazz musicians in India. The band has performed at several international jazz festivals and many international jazz virtuosos have performed with them.
Merlin, Jazz and Indiva
For me the credo of Jazz Music is Innovation, Improvisation, Originality and Spontaneity!, says Jazz musician and composer, Merlin D’Souza, on the eve of her performance with the all diva band, Indiva, at the Kerala State Media Awards, in Trivandrum.
It’s a great chance to produce new music for such amazing musicians and vocalists like Vivienne, Chandana, and Shruti. They bring forth all kinds of musical leanings and explore the sound of our Multilingual Land and give it a global fusion feel!, she adds.
Merlin is the leading lady of of the Indian music scene and has been hailed as the female Rahman of India. She founded Indiva, an all woman band along with established individual artists like Vivienne Pocha (acoustic guitar, vocals), Chandana Bala (vocals) and Shruti Bhave (violin, vocals), Sapna Mane (drums, percussion) and this time they will be joined by classical dancer Aditi Bhagwat, who will add a visual dimension to the music.
Saavn releases First Folk-Pop Tune
Saavn, South Asia’s audio and music streaming service, in collaboration with indie artist, Prateek Kuhad, is announcing the release of their newest single, “Tum Jab Paas.” The song, which is now available to stream globally, is the latest for Prateek, who is known for blending minimal sounds with sunny folk arrangements and pop melodies. It is the third original release under Saavn’s Artist Originals (AO) repertoire, a program launched in February to empower artists, songwriters and producers from around the world and connect East-West talent and fans.
Prateek is quickly becoming the international face of Indian indie music. He has performed all over the world, taking the stage at music industry showcases like SXSW, CMW, BIGSOUND, Music Matters and high-profile events like Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. Earlier this year ,in January he supported Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Mike Posner on the artist’s three-city India tour.
His first album, the English-language In Tokens and Charms, received rave reviews across India and was picked by iTunes as the Indian Indie Album of the Year. Prateek was also named NPR Music’s 100 Acts to Watch at SXSW 2016, and was awarded Best India Act at the 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards.At MIDEM 2017 – the world’s leading international business event for the music ecosystem – Prateek will be one of 11 finalists of the Midem Artist Accelerator, an exclusive programme for artists and their teams. He will also perform at Cannes (June 6-9), where he’ll meet and learn from industry leaders.
"Tum Jab Paas is centred around the pronounced yet conflicting feelings of intimacy and vulnerability, that come with being in love. Hopefully, listening to the song will make one feel something honest and real ” Prateek .
“Part of the Artist Originals vision is to be open-minded - and to push the boundaries of what’s considered popular music today,” Neal Sarin, Associate A&R Director for Saavn,
As with all Artist Originals (AO) tracks, Saavn will be promoting and distributing Kuhad's new track through The Orchard, the leading music distributor across digital and physical channels in 25 global markets. The news follows Saavn’s initial AO launch with the release of “Azaad Hu Mai,” a track produced with Indian hip-hop star, Naezy, and “No Games,” from Toronto-based, Sickick. With AO, Saavn has become the first streaming company to conceptualize, produce and distribute new music with independent artists in India Prateek Kuhad’s “Tum Jab Paas” is available to stream globally today. Listen on Saavn (http://saa.vn/aoprateekkuhad) now and watch the video here!
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Here comes Hindustani Guitar
Shahnawaz Ahmed Khan born and raised in India related to a lineage of the renowned Paanipat Gharana from his Nana' Shahnawaz was literally surrounded by the stalwarts of Indian classical music. “I have been exposed to some of the greatest musicians from different global music traditions since my childhood. They have influenced the way I think very much,” says Shahnawaz. He hear Records the khayals and bandishes From his Dada And Nana traditional illustrious maternal grandfather,Sarangi Nawaz Ustad Mohammed Ahmed Banney Khan from Paanipat gharana. At 10 years of age, Shahnawaz picked up a guitar and, to the surprise of his family, played his first notes of a raga. This was the beginning of an extraordinary musical fusion, which led him to create unique classical guitar techniques, which emulate the sitar in Hindustani classical gayaki (Indian vocal music), and make his performances so extraordinary. Shahnawaz‘s all He took his initial taleem (musical instruction) under the tutelage of his father ustad Aijaz Ahmed Khan and His brother Ustad Sarfaraz Ahmed Khan. The intricacies of the gayaki, he has learnt from His Guru And his Mama ustad Sayeed Khan Delhi And kirana Gharana. Thereafter , Shahnawaz has won numerous awards including the prestigious Junior Kalaratan Puruskar and Kirana Gharana awards, and his charming personality and mellifluous music held audiences spellbound throughout India and overseas from Sri Lanka to Saudi Arabia. He has also won a number of awards including Kirana Gharana Indian Classical Music Award Junior Kalaratan Puraskar Award Hindustani Classical Guitar Gayaki Award Mystic Arts Sammon Samaroh Sahara Awards He Is scholar of Sahitya Kala Parishad a his keen understanding of various gayaki, jhor. and jhalla (the interplay between steady beat and rising tempo), help him to turn his alaap (introduction of a raga), into divine musical experience for listeners, while his rhythmic play pulsates and his taans (vocalizations) emerge like rippling cascades. His raga delineation of an alaap is traditional in its finely-etched detailing, in the firat (taans, sargams, etc). With an uncanny ability to execute complex and swift musical imaginations with his music, Shahnawaz has created himself an immortal name amongst classical musicians in India
The Tune Twins create History
The super talented and gorgeous "Tune Twins"; Prakriti and Sukriti Kakar; have gone from strength to strength ever since they burst on to the Bollywood music scene notching up jewels in their musical tiaras along the way. And, now, for the first time ever they're making history and have accomplished something rather remarkable. Both Prakriti and Sukriti have sung two vastly different solo tracks picturized on Sonakshi Sinha in the film; "Noor"; making them the only twin sisters ever to pull of such a feat in the same movie!
Composed by the ever reliable and impressive Amaal Malik; the Kakar twins appear to have taken their talent to an altogether new level with their individual songs that continue to race up the charts and wow listeners alike. While "Hai Zaroori" rendered by Prakriti is a lilting soulful track that tugs at your heartstrings like never before; Sukriti's "Jise Kehte Pyaar Hai" is an uplifting number that makes you leave behind life's worries and vibe to its memorable tune. What stands out about these tracks is the immense versatility in range, tone and mood that both sisters have showcased; underlining their own diverse skill sets.
Commenting on the Noor Track Sukriti says, "The track in Noor is a real peppy and happy go luck song, which is me in real life too. I could connect with the song instantly and it was great fun singing it. I'am really grateful that people are liking it."
Prakriti too echoes her sister's sentiments, "Hai Zaroori is very special to me as its the first time Sukriti and I have sung two different songs for the same film. Hopefully its the first of many more to come. Amaal has composed the songs beautifully and I am glad both our songs are doing extremely well." She signs off. Suffice to say, the twin sisters are well on their way to becoming "noors" of the listening public!
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Purplive to kick off its maiden Musical Voyage
Purplive kicks its musical voyage bringing THE SHOW - A TRIBUTE TO ABBA " to Goa on Saturday, 6th May 2017 with the greatest hits songs like Waterloo, SOS, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Money Money Money, Knowing Me Knowing You, sprinkled with several surprises from ABBA’s massive song catalogue.Purplive is an exclusive brand property of flagship company Alica Purple Advertising Pvt. Ltd that has been at the forefront of media and entertainment, advertising, brand activations & promotions, international events & exhibitions, fairs & festivals for the last 15 years.
What's unique of Purplive is curated live concerts that capture the aura, magic & mystique of a bygone era and take delirious fans on an enchanting nostalgic trip down memory lane. For music lovers it’s the glorious trip down the memory lane, an opportunity to relive the golden past. Sensational music, spectacular performance, brilliant sound, light and production is sure to leave the crowd mesmerised
THE SHOW- A Tribute to ABBA at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium with a capacity of 5700 promises to be an electrifying extravaganza with nostalgic ABBA fans reliving the golden era, singing and screaming for more!
THE SHOW - A Tribute to ABBA was created in 2001 and has since had an impressive 16 year run of worldwide success. With more than 600 concerts in 38 countries and more than 2 million tickets sold THE SHOW has created renewed success for ABBA’s music.
The music in THE SHOW - A Tribute to ABBA is played by the Swedish band Waterloo and backed by The National Symphony Orchestra of London directed by musical director Matthew Freeman. They have performed with big stars like Elvis Costello, Robbie Williams and Sir Cliff Richard. The ALL Swedish singers in THE SHOW- A Tribute to ABBA have a specific accent that recreates the authentic ABBA sound.”
To further add that original touch to THE SHOW- A Tribute to ABBA several of the original ABBA musicians appear as guest performers in THE SHOW- A Tribute to ABBA, something that is unique to this tribute to ABBA.
Audiences can look forward to the legendary sax player Ulf Andersson who toured with the original ABBA and co-wrote the musical composition for the hit song I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do with original ABBA member Benny Anderson
The Show- A Tribute to ABBA has also won official recognition winning the top prize at The Limelight Awards in London ahead of Thriller Live, Dirty Dancing and Priscil The Musical.
ABBA has deserved its place in music history and today 45 years after their break through, their music still lives and grows with more than 2 million records sold every year.
The show will be a complete seated event and will start with the Welcome Goa flavour by THE SYNDICATE BAND.
All the proceeds from " The Show - A Tribute to ABBA will go to Purple Care, a charitable trust that will utilise the funds to financially empower the underprivileged sections of society in the field of education and healthcare.
Sonu Nigam caught in a Twitter
Popular Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam is caught in a Twitter inviting controversy over his tweet after his beauty sleep was disturbed by the Azaan from his neighbourhood mosque, making him jump from his bed like spiderman. In that sleep befuddled state he tweeted -'God bless everyone. I'm not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India'.Now fully awake he started sending off tweets right and left -
'And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison'?
'Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison? I don’t believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity To wake up people who don’t follow the religion . Why then..? Honest? True? Gundagardi hai bus…'
Now things have got as sticky as it can get and getting stickier, as Sonu sticks to his tweets and other birdmen and women join the battle of the tweeteratti. Wonder if he will come totally unstuck soon.
Louis Banks on the Grammy and Miles Davis
In this second part Louis Banks talks about his Grammy nomination in 2008 for the album, Miles From India : A Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis. It was a compilation album conceived by Bob Belden and Yusuf Gandhi that featured some of the biggest names in Indian jazz and classical Music and top jazzmen from the west.
Louis Banks: I had an opportunity to make an album of Indian fusion music incorporating the music of Miles Davis, it was a great opportunity and I was glad it came to me. I arranged the music and the album Miles from India was nominated for the Grammys in 2008.
With the Grammy nomination…it was a great surprise. I was a part of a project, which was produced by Yousuf Gandhi and Bob Beldon. They decided to recreate Miles Davis's Music with Indian music because they felt that the music of Miles Davis was so flexible and encompassing that it could go anywhere and Indian Music would be a great direction to take, so they offered it to me and I was very excited to do it. We recorded artists like Shankar Mahadevan, Taufiq Qureshi, Niladari Kumar, Ravi Chary, Selva Ganesh and many more.
I did the arrangement of the music with spaces to be recorded in New York by artists like Chic Correa, Wallace Rooney, Kudresh, Ron Carter and many others. It was an awesome album
Fleetwood Mac Duo releases Album
Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie have joined together to record their first-ever album as a duo. Simply titled LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM/CHRISTINE McVIE, the 10-song album will be released June 9th, followed by a run of special U.S. concerts beginning June 21st. The first single, “In My World”, is out now and available on streaming services and as an instant download when you pre-order the album.
The collaboration began three years ago, when McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac for the group’s “On With The Show” tour. The pair went in to record new material prior to rehearsals for the tour and their natural creative chemistry was reignited. According to Buckingham, “We were exploring a creative process, and the identity of the project took on a life organically. The body of work felt like it was meant to be a duet album. We acknowledged that to each other on many occasions, and said to ourselves, ‘what took us so long?!!’”
Working their natural singer songwriter skills together came easily for the duo. Said Christine McVie, “We’ve always written well together, Lindsey and I, and this has just spiraled into something really amazing that we’ve done between us.”
Padma Awards for Yesudas, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Kailash Kher
Renowned singer KJ Yesudas received the country's second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan, and mohan veena exponent Vishwa Mohan Bhatt was honoured with the Padma Bhushan. President Pranab Mukherjee presented the Padma awards to those who had been named for the awards on 25 January this year, at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Renowned playback singer Kailash Kher and actor Sadhu Meher from Odisha also received the Padma Shri. Renowned commentator and journalist Cho Ramaswamy was given the Padma Bhushan posthumously, while film analyst Bhawna Somayya of Maharashtra was awarded the Padma Shri for journalism.
Gymnast Dipa Karmakar of Tripura and wrestler Sakshi Malik of Haryana were awarded the Padma Shri for their outstanding performance in the field of sports. This year the President of India has approved conferment of Padma Awards to 89 persons as per the list below. The list comprises of 7 Padma Vibhushan, 7 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri Awardees. 19 of the awardees are women. The list also includes 5 persons from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs and 6 posthumous awardees.
What is Jazz...
You may well ask. But its a question that in one way has no definite answer while at the same time can have too many, depending on who you ask. Here Colin D'Cruz one of India's best known Jazz guitarist gives the question his insightful perspective:
Over a hundred years after it’s origins in New Orleans we still don’t have one answer that defines Jazz. The legendary answers over the years has been Fats Waller’s ‘If you don’t know what it is, don’t mess with it’, Louis Armstrong’s ‘Man, if you have to ask what it is you’ll never know’, Thelonius Monk’s ‘I don’t have a definition for Jazz, you’re supposed to know it when you hear it’ and these are just some of the vague descriptions courtesy the Jazz legends themselves.
One reason why there will never be a singular definition for Jazz is because it has always been an open, alive and continuously evolving form of Music that embraces all other sounds of music along the way. It has reached a stage today, where it can be called ‘world music’ but that would be at the risk of hurting American sentiment.
To me, Jazz is a form of improvised music, the key element here is ‘improvisation’. If improvised music is Jazz then Indian classical music is a form of Jazz with foundations laid over two thousand years before a hip name was coined for it. So Jazz actually originated in India? No way, I can hear other countries chorus, improvised music always existed in many forms of ancient Folk music around the world too. So maybe we should just leave it at that.
Jazz has been around for much longer than we know, it’s just that a new name was coined for it in New Orleans and I love the name. Today, jazz has grown into something much bigger than its name. It’s not just about improvisation, it’s about a meeting of minds and cultures.
Tu Meri Ki Lagdi by Navv Inder
After the success of Wakhra Swag, Navv Inder’s collaboration with Badshah that crossed over 70 million hits across platforms. Navv Inder is back with a new romantic song with lyrics by Navi Kamboz which will be launched on Dekkho, the online video streaming platform. The music video, produced by Times Music will be exclusively available for the first two days on Dekkho. Commenting on the song, Navv Inder says, "This is my debut romantic single for all my fans, especially for those who are in love. The video has been shot beautifully and is a visual treat and I’m thrilled to release it on Dekkho’s unique platform”
Commenting on the launch Vinay Pillai, Co-founder, Dekkho said, “Navv Inder is quickly becoming one of the most popular artists in the country today. He is an absolute sensation with his ever-growing fan base and is stepping into a novel territory with this new track. We are sure that his fans will love this romantic song. Our collaboration with Times Music gives us access to their premium videos, some of them on a first-window basis. We look forward to disrupting premium content even further with this alliance so our users can enjoy the widest range of music for all moods.”
“Navv Inder is one of the most amazing artistes that Vinay Pillai, Co-founder, Dekkho works with and this single penned by Navi Kamboz is an absolute smash. We look forward to working with dekkho on releasing many such collaborations in the future” said Mandar Thakur, COO - Times Music.
Jazz and the Good Times
Louis Banks is India's foremost Jazz icon, a Grammy nominee for the album Miles From India, a tribute to the legendary Miles Davis. Louis developed his interest in Jazz from his father George Banks, a well known Jazz musician at that time. His musical journey has lead him from Kathmandu to Calcutta and then to Mumbai. Much of the credit for promoting and kindling interest in Jazz music should go to him, as he has always remained rooted in Jazz, even as he explored various other genres. Here Louis Banks talks to Raga to Rock, reminiscing about Jazz, his life and the good times.
Tell us about some of the best times of your career?
All through my life I have had a good time getting to play music and survive. Now is the happiest time of my life, to play Jazz with my son Gino Banks who plays the Drums with me, that really makes me a very proud father. I am right now developing a lot of music and what I want to do is create a lot of music and archive it for the next generation. The Record business being what it is, we don't make money doing Jazz arrangements, so what I do is make CDs and give it out to friends and just spread my music. My message to musicians is to spread their music and not to think about the money as money will come.
What does Jazz mean to you?
Jazz means Freedom. It gives you the opportunity or scope to do what you like musically. It’s like a big umbrella, where you get to display your talent and your skills, it is democratic in form. It has a lot of influences from various parts of the globe and it's topical too. The performer is influenced by what is happening around them and the mood of the artist also affects the music. The music is really open ended and all you need is skills to deliver the goods. Like the saying goes “It don’t mean a thing if it ain't got the Swing”.
Why and how did you become a part of the World Jazz Day?
There were ideas and incentives that prompted us to get associated with the World Jazz Day launched by UNESCO with Herbie Hancock as the Jazz Ambassador and firstly it was a great platform to put India on the World Jazz map and secondly it was a chance to promote our home grown talent, aspiring Jazz artists and also our established artists to ‘Strut their stuff’ and show the world that they are not far behind and they are on par with any jazz musician in the world. We managed to hook up with the organizers of the International Jazz Day and they were happy to put Mumbai on the Jazz map. And now we are right there where we belong and they are giving us exposure on a global scale and that's great.
It is mainly to promote Jazz and as you know it is a niche art form not only in India but world over. It's a sophisticated art form which needs a sophisticated audience as well. It is music that is great, stimulating and exciting and we would like to be a part of it and help musicians grow with it. So this was the basic idea that motivated us to be part of the International Jazz Day celebrations.
Radio Mirchi, less Ads Bajana more Gaana!
Radio Mirchi in association with GoaFest presented the third edition of the Radio Abby with Radio Mirchi' at GoaFest 2017 in Bambolim, Goa. During the event, Radio Mirchi announced its strategies to cap its ad inventory on all its stations at 15 minutes per hour, which is a considerable reduction from the earlier 22 minutes of advertising per hour that would play.
The main complaint most radio listeners have against the audio medium is the long ad breaks. This program of dropping advertising on its stations has been taken keeping in mind the listeners complaints. Capping advertising will signify improving the listener experience as fewer ads equal more music. Radio Mirchi had already capped inventory on its newly launched stations at 10 minutes, but this year, it will roll it out to the older stations in its network as well.
For the advertiser, this is great news as fewer ads per hour will mean the spots that play will not get lost in the clutter, which usually makes listeners tune out or switch stations. A new AV was unveiled by Mirchi during the event highlighting this aspect of the initiative, with the message ‘Kam Nahin, Khaas Hoga’.
Shubha Mudgal live at Prithvi Theatre
On Sunday the 16th of April 2017 at 7:30 am in the morning, ‘Udayswar’ an Indian classical music concert of morning ragas will take off with a vocal performance by virtuoso Shubha Mudgal accompanied by Aneesh Pradhan on (Tabla) and Sudhir Nayak on (Harmonium) at Prithvi Theatre. This monthly morning concert series is organized by Pancham Nishad in association with Prithvi theatre.
‘Udayswar’ at Prithvi is a rare and truly unique acoustic experience of Indian Classical Music in the manner it was originally designed, for an intimate Baithak based on the eight prahar (time spans) of the day. Till date, ‘Udayswar’ at Prithvi has featured Devaki Pandit, Budhaditya Mukherjee, Prasad Khaparde, Sangeeta Shankar, Manjusha Patil, Mohi Baha’ud-din Dagar, Raghunandan Panshikar, Rupak Kulkarni, Shuchismita Das, Jayateerth Mevundi, Tejashree Amonkar, Satish Vyas, Ulhas Kashalkar, Shakir Khan, Rahul Deshpande, Rakesh Chaurasia, Milind & Yadnesh Raikar among others.
The 10th edition of IPL kicked off to a perfect start at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Wednesday with a memorable performance by actress Amy Jackson.This was a first in a series of eight opening ceremonies, one in each hosting venue. This is also the first time in the IPL's history that the organisers have decided to provide some glamour quotient before the beginning of the first match in all the venues.
In the opening ceremony of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Rajkot on Friday, Bollywood composers Sachin-Jigar will be the headlining act in the opening ceremony. Hollywood actor Tiger Shroff is also expected to perform at the ceremony.
Singer Benny Dayal and actress Kriti Sanon will also raise the Bollywood quotient of the opening ceremony at the IPL match at Bengaluru on Saturday.
Big Fm Boom!
Reliance Broadcast Network Limited's Big FM recently launched the test signals of 14 new frequencies acquired under Phase II. What's makes it memorable is that the station launched all these frequencies in one day, 1 April 2017. Now with a total of 59 stations, Reliance Broadcast Network Limited's Big FM radio network will cover 5 ‘A’ and ‘A+’ category towns which include Aurangabad, Pune, Nagpur, Lucknow and Patna, along with 2 ‘B’ category towns like Varanasi and Gorakhpur. With the launch of additional 14 stations, 5 new stations will be added in Maharashtra and Goa (Pune, Nagpur, Kolhapur, Aurangabad and Ahmednagar), taking the total to 8 stations.
92.7 Big FM will now enjoy 100 per cent presence in Central India (UP, Bihar and Jharkhand) with added coverage in 5 new stations (Lucknow, Patna, Varanasi, Gorakhpur and Muzaffarpur) making it a total of 8 stations With the addition of 4 frequencies in Northeast India (Agartala, Itanagar, Shillong and Aizwal), existing stations in Jammu, Srinagar and Guwahati the Reliance Broadcast Network Limited's Big FM radio network will have the largest presence in the region making it a total of 5 stations With the acquisition of these new frequencies, the radio network will now have a total of 59 stations.
The 12th Annual Music Matters in Singapore
The 12th Annual Music Matters in Singapore, Asia Pacific’s entertainment industry gatewayis back. After another successful festival in 2016, Branded are again giving a number of breakthrough acts from around the world the opportunity to perform live in front of key global entertainment industry influencers and executives. ?The festival runs alongside the All That Matters conference delivering an insightful programme, covering the latest topics and trends in the Music, Sports, Online Entertainment, Gaming and Marketing industries from Asia and throughout the world.
Music Matters is held during the week of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix week, one of the biggest entertainment weeks in the Asian calendar, taking place from September 9-13, 2017. The festival will feature 2 days of live public performances on September 9-10, followed by 3 nights of dedicated industry showcases from September 11-13.
Music Matters has seen many acts go on to play International festivals. 2016 Alumni, Indonesian band The Trees & the Wild and Singapore’s own Gentle Bones went on to play Hong Kong’s Clockenflap.
Previous artists include Aaradhna (NZ), Bastian Baker (CH), Boyce Avenue (US), Garden City Movement (IL), Drunken Tiger (KR), Flumpool (JP), Gentle Bones (SG), Jeremy Loops (ZA), Linying (SG), MC Hotdog (TW), Nucleya (IN), Raisa (ID), Simple Plan (CA), Slot Machine (TH), Slumberjack (AU), The Boxer Rebellion (UK), The Trees & The Wild (ID), The Veronicas (AU) and many more!
Artists who perform at the festival will also be given complimentary access to the All That Matters conference tracks* and are invited to attend the exclusive Music Matters Academy.
Voice of Hindustani classical music falls silent
Kishori Amonkar, the voice of Hindustani classical music is no more. She died after a brief illness at her Prabhadevi residence on Monday, April 03. She was 84. Amonkar is considered to be the greatest classical vocalist India has produced. She trained under her mother, Mogubai Kurdikar, a renowned vocalist of the Jaipur Gharanna who herself was a disciple of the doyen of the Jaipur Gharanna, Alladiya Khan Saheb. She also trained under tutors from other gharannas including Anwar Hussain Khan (Agra Gharanna), Anjanibai Malpekar (Bhendi Bazaar Gharanna), Sharadchandra Arolkar (Gwalior Gharanna) and Balkrishnabuwa Parwatkar.
In the course of her riyaz over the years, Amonkar evolved her own individual style, borrowing elements from other gharannas, for which she received praise as well as criticism. However Amonkar laid great stress on emotional expression of music rather than restrict it to the confines of its traditional structure professed by purists.
She was one of foremost exponents of the ‘khayal’ but also ventured into lighter genres like ‘thumri’ and ‘bhajan’. She even sang for a couple of the films, Geet Gaya Patharone and Dhristi but never went back to films after that.
Amonkar was famously temperamental and outspoken. She was a perfectionist who laid great demands on herself for her performances and demanded the same from her audiences. She was known to berate the audience if they did not give her the respect of their attention during a performance.
Kishori Amonkar’s passing is a great loss for India and Indian classical music but her music will live on forever and continue to enrich the lives of generations of music lovers.
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Country Music Party of the Year!
The 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards aired on CBS on Sunday night live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and it featured a ton of fun, memorable moments. The ceremony, which was co-hosted by country superstars Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, featured country's biggest names, including star-studded performances from over 25 of country's hottest acts like Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Maren Morris and Keith Urban.
Jason Aldean was named Entertainer of the Year, while Miranda Lambert took home two of the other biggest awards of the night, Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year. Thomas Rhett was also a massive winner, nabbing Song of the Year ("Die A Happy Man") and Male Vocalist of the Year.
Little Big Town was the big-winning group of the night, reigning victorious in the Vocal Group of the Year category, while Brothers Osborne won the New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year and Florida Georgia Line taking home two trophies for Singer Record of the Year ("H.O.L.Y.") and Vocal Event of the Year ("May We All" feat. Tim McGraw).
Maren Morris and Jon Pardi were the favorite newcomers, nabbing New Female and Male Vocalist of the Year, respectively.
Check out the complete list of the night's winners from the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards:
Song of the Year: "Die A Happy Man" by Thomas Rhett
New Female Vocalist of the Year: Maren Morris
New Male Vocalist of the Year: Jon Pardi
New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year: Brothers Osborne
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
Songwriter of the year: Lori McKenna
Single Record of the Year: "H.O.L.Y." by Florida Georgia Line
Album of the Year:The Weight of These Wings by Miranda Lambert
Video of the Year: "Forever Country" by Artists of Then, Now & Forever
Vocal Event of the Year: "May We All" by Florida Georgia Line feat. Tim McGraw
Male Vocalist of the Year: Thomas Rhett
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Toronto artist Sickick takes Global Stage with Saavn
Saavn in collaboration with electronic music artist, Sickick, announced the release of his newest single, “No Games.” This is the second original release under Saavn’s Artist Originals (AO) repertoire, Saavn has become the first streaming company to conceptualize, produce an distribute new music with independent artists in India. Canadian artist, Sickick is well-known in the underground music scene for wearing a mask at every show and every public appearance, a decision he attributes to his laser-focused commitment to the music, rather than the need to promote an identity based on physicality, ethnicity, race or culture. His masked appearance makes a powerful statement about stereotypes and music genres. His song, “No Games” is Sickick’s own genre “Sickhop” -- a blend of hip-hop, R&B and melodic dance music.
Behind the mask is a multi-faceted artist and instrumentalist with a unique vocal tone and serious production talent. He opened for R&B and Hip Hop artist Drake last year and is making waves with 15M+ views on YouTube.
While Sickick’s real identity remains an industry secret, the lyrics and production of his latest track “No Games,” reveals he might just be like the rest of us. The song is a melodic ode to a relationship challenge we can all relate to.
“Sickick's goal is to spread the sickness to as many people as possible with his music and message, which comes down to: ‘everyone has a dark side, find the beauty in yours.’Nish Bhargava, Sickick’s manager, said.
At Saavn, we want to make sure our AO program reflects the global company that we are, as well as the global nature of music,” Neal Sarin, Associate A&R Director for Saavn, said.
"We built AO on the Saavn platform to enable independent artists to reach consumers with organized distribution and economics,” said Paramdeep Singh, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Saavn.
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