Transcendence is an annual Music event, that pays tribute to Legends of Carnatic & Western Jazz. This year Transcendence 2.0 tribute concert is for the Carnatic legend Mysore T. Chowdiah and Jazz Legends Oscar Peterson, the concert where the Music of the 'Vidwan of the Violin' meets the 'Maharaja of the Piano'. Transcendence means the act of rising above something to a superior state. Spiritually it means you have reached the state of Moksha or Nirvana ...When you achieve transcendence, you have gone beyond ordinary limitations and the mundane.
Gigue proudly brings two modern day legends Dr. Mysore Manjunath (Violin) and Grammy nominee - Louiz Banks (Piano))to take the audience through various levels of consciousness culminating into the transcendent state through their music, accompanied by Vidwan Bangalore Amrit-Khanjira, Gino Banks-Drums. Gianluca Liberatore-Bass Guitar and Pt. Yogesh Samsi- Tabla.
The Indian legend being honoured is Mysore T. Chowdiah (1894- 1967) violinist, innovator, teacher, an organizer, a composer and a thespian.He designed the seven-stringed violin for South Indian Classical Music. Oscar Peterson (Aug 15 1925-Dec 23, 2007), is considered one of the greatest Jazz pianists. He released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammy Awards, and received numerous other awards and honours.Last year honorees were Carnatic legend G. Harishankar (Khanjira) and Jazz legend Buddy Rich (Drums) with a tribute by Vidwan Bangalore Amrit (Khanjira)and Ranjit Barot (Drums).
On the concert Louiz Banks says “I strongly believe that creative music should represent original creativity and not replication, sophisticated and discerning listeners want to see musicians create art with passion, creativity and originality... they want to enjoy and experience innovation. Transcendence 2.0 2019 will feature some of the most creative musicians in the country who will surely dazzle the audience with exciting and original music ... live on stage come and enjoy and get transported into another wonderful music galaxy...”
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.