Priyant Sundas is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston. The first musician from his hometown Darjeeling, India, and recipient of the Asian Scholarship Award, Berklee Achievement Grant, and was awarded a place in the Dean’s List several times He is the Founder, Composer, and Writer of the Priyant’s Darjeeling Groove, a Fusion Jazz Band.
Priyant started learning Guitar at a very young age of four, and his musical styles are highly influenced by Fusion, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Pop, Indian Classical. Singer-Songwriter Shankar Mahadevan also recognized Priyant Sundas talent at the Storm Festival held recently. Priyant’s debut album ‘Blended’ is a unique fusion album blending soundscapes from different genres of music, creating a conglomeration of Indian Hindustani Classical,Jazz, Nepali Folk. It’s a journey from the East to the West, blasting onto the far reaches of sounds, in a quest to discover the unknown.
In the album, ‘Heartsky’ is an original Indian Classical composition by Pt. Prakash Sontakke, and Priyant worked on rearranging the composition to add Jazz elements to the tune. ‘Bending Yaman’, is a traditional Indian Raga based composition where the Raag Yaman has been blended to add different melodic, jazz, and harmonic modulations. The song ‘Maya’ in the album is a folk fusion song, which has used the traditional Indian Instruments and orchestrated with strings to create a modern pop Jazz sound with a folk base. The track ‘Nandini Chulbulee’ on the other hand is a country based light acoustic feel song; this track is unique as it has a very subtle blend of European flavor at the same time Nepali Folk sound. This track has a very defining use of accordion, complimented by a cello. The track ‘Dreaming’ starts off as a soft rock but gradually opens up to Latinand Bossa Nova feel and goes into a jazz improvisational setting, creating an uncertainty and redefining genres and eventually ending on a Hard Rock Guitar Solo.’ Love is You and Me’ is 80’s Pop-Jazz feel song. The song actually uses a concept of Hindustani Classical Music known as Alap. In the beginning of the song there is an instrumental piano Alap on a guitar drone. The song is a duet and has an old school vibe.
Priyant's Darjeeling Groove comprises of well accomplished musicians from different countries such as Drummer, Juan Felipe Mejia Tobon from Columbia; Saxophonist, Ori Jacobson from Isareal; Bassist, Simon Fagerstedt from Sweden; Keyboard Player, Myles Sweeney from USA; and Sound Engineer, MN Srikar from India. Priyant is currently working on his second album, "Fallen Dreams"!
Check the album at Priyant Sundas’ official YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQseX2rINS9pjI_XLIXTBjA
Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival of live music.