ANNIVERSARIES:

D'Arcy Wretsky-Brown (Smashing Pumpkins) 1-May ! Ray Parker, Jr. 1-May ! Rita Coolidge 1-May ! Manna Dey1-May ! Lou Gramm (Foreigner) 2-May ! Christopher Cross 3-May ! Engelbert Humperdink 3-May ! Faizal Fizvi 3-May ! K.Arun Prakash 3-May ! Ranganayaki Rajagopalan 3-May ! Lance Bass ('N Sync) 4-May ! Mike Dirnt (Green Day) 4-May ! Randy Travis 4-May ! Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe) 4-May ! K.V.Prasad 4-May ! Sikkil R.Bhaskaran 4-May ! St Tyagaraja 4-May ! Adele 5-May ! Chris Brown 5-May ! Craig David 5-May ! Ian McCulloch (Echo & The Bunnymen) 5-May ! Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) 5-May ! Srimathi Brahmanandam 5-May ! Mark Bryan (Hootie & The Blowfish) 6-May ! Bob Seger 6-May ! Eagle-Eye Cherry 7-May ! Phil Campbell (Motorhead) 7-May ! Anne Dudley (Art Of Noise) 7-May ! Rajendra Ojha 7-May ! Enrique Iglesias 8-May ! Darren Hayes (Savage Garden) 8-May ! Dave Rowntree (Blur) 8-May ! Alex Van Halen (Van Halen) 8-May ! Chris Frantz (Talking Heads) 8-May ! David Gahan (Depeche Mode) 9-May ! Billy Joe l9-May ! Ravi Behl 10-May ! Bono (U) 10-May ! Milind Ingle 12-May ! Steve Winwood 12-May ! Burt Bacharach 12-May ! Khalid Mohamed 13-May ! Manhar Udhas 13-May ! Darius Rucker (Hootie & The Blowfish) 13-May ! Stevie Wonder 13-May ! Talat Aziz 14-May ! Danny Wood (New Kids On The Block) 14-May ! Mike Inez (Alice In Chains) 14-May ! Fabrice Morvan (Milli Vanilli) 14-May ! C.C. DeVille (Poison)14-May ! V.V.Ravi (Chennai Number)16-May ! Janet Jackson 16-May ! Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) 16-May ! Richard Page (Mr. Mister)16-May ! Pankaj Udhas 17-May ! Swapnil Bandodkar 17-May ! U.Rajesh 17-May ! Jordan Knight (New Kids On The Block) 17-May ! Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) 17-May ! Dave Abbruzzese (Pearl Jam) 17-May ! Enya 17-May ! Paul Di'Anno (Iron Maiden) 17-May ! Ashok Khosla 18-May ! Rick Wakeman (Yes) 18-May ! Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar 19-May ! Jenny Berggren (Ace Of Base) 19-May ! Grace Jones 19-May ! Dusty Hill (ZZ Top) 19-May ! Phillip Rudd (AC/DC) 19-May ! Pete Townshend (The Who) 19-May ! Hassan Kamal 20-May ! M.D.Ramanathan 20-May ! Maharajapuram Santhanam 20-May ! Busta Rhymes 20-May ! Cher 20-May ! Jeetu 21-May ! Gotye21-May ! Stan Lynch (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) 21-May ! Leo Sayer 21-May ! Dan Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) 22-May! Morrissey 22-May ! Bernie Taupin 22-May ! Tirupparkadal Veeraraghavan 23-May Jewel 23-May ! Bob Dylan 24-May ! Rajesh Roshan 24-May ! Uttam Singh 25-May ! Lauryn Hill 25-May ! Paul Weller (Jam/Style Council) 25-May ! Klaus Meine (Scorpions) 25-May ! Peri Sriramamurthy 26-May ! Lenny Kravitz 26-May ! Hank Williams Jr. 26-May ! Stevie Nicks 26-May ! Palani Subramania Pillai 27-May ! Andre 000 (OutKast) 27-May ! Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains) 27-May ! Siouxsie Sioux (Siouxsie & The Banshees) 27-May ! Hilla Sethna 28-May ! Mysore Vasudevacharya 28-May ! T.M.Thiyagarajan 28-May ! Mark Feehily (Westlife) 28-May ! Kylie Minogue 28-May ! Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals) 28-May ! John Fogerty 28-May ! Gladys Knight 28-May ! John Evans (Jethro Tull) 28-May ! Champak Jain29-May ! Melanie Brown (Scary Spice of Spice Girls) 29-May ! Chad Kinchla (Blues Traveler) 29-May ! Noel Gallagher (Oasis) 29-May ! Melissa Etheridge29-May ! Marie Fredriksson (Roxette) 29-May ! Gary Brooker (Procul Harum) 29-May ! John Popper (Blues Traveler) 29-May ! Vangelis 29-May ! Cee Lo Green 30-May ! Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) 30-May ! Topper Headon (The Clash) 30-May ! Norah Jones 30-May ! Celine Dion 30-May ! Tracy Chapman 30-May ! MC Hammer30-May ! Dave Ball (Procol Harum) 30-May ! Eric Clapton 30-May ! Graeme Edge (Moody Blues) 30-May ! Milind (Anand-Milind) 31-May ! V. Durga Prasad 31-May ! Steve White (Style Council) 31-May ! Darryl McDaniel (Run-D.M.C.) 31-May ! Corey Hart 31-May ! Angus Young (AC/DC) 31-May ! Sean Hopper (Huey Lewis & The News) Rashmi Tiwari 1-Jun ! Sukdev 1-Jun ! Alan Wilder (Depeche Mode) 1-Jun ! Alanis Morissette 1-Jun ! Graham Russell (Air Supply) 1-Jun ! Pat Boone (1934) 1-Jun ! Ron Wood (Rolling Stones) 1-Jun ! Simon Gallup (The Cure) 1-Jun ! Tanjore S.Kalyanaraman 2-Jun ! Iiyiaraja 2-Jun ! Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones) 2-Jun ! Suzi Quatro (1950) 3-Jun ! Ahmed Khan 3-Jun ! .K.Rangachari 3-Jun ! Freddy Fender (1937) 4-Jun ! Nancy Sinatra (1940) 4-Jun ! Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band) 4-Jun ! S.P. Balasubramaniam 4-Jun !Brian McKnight (1969) 5-Jun ! Clause Noreen (Aqua) 5-Jun ! Govindrao Tembe 5-Jun ! Kenny G (1956) 5-Jun ! Mark Wahlberg (aka Marky Mark) (1971) 5-Jun ! Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) 5-Jun ! Narayan Agarwal 5-Jun ! Viju Shah 5-Jun ! James Shaffer (Korn) 6-Jun ! G.N.Balasubramaniam 6-Jun ! Neyveli R.Santhanagopalan 6-Jun ! Nikhil Chinappa 6-Jun ! Preeti Sagar 6-Jun ! Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) 7-Jun ! Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots) 7-Jun ! Iggy Azalea 7-Jun ! Tom Jones 7-Jun ! S.Karthick 7-Jun ! V.Kamalakara Rao 8-Jun ! Bonnie Tyler 8-Jun ! Kanye West 8-Jun ! Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) 8-Jun ! Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) 8-Jun ! Dean Felber (Hootie & The Blowfish) 9-Jun ! Ed Simons (The Chemical Brothers) 9-Jun ! Jon Lord (Deep Purple) 9-Jun ! Faith Evans 10-Jun ! Jimmy Chamberlain (Smashing Pumpkins) 10-Jun ! Jo-Jo (K-Ci & JoJo) 10-Jun ! Maxi Priest 10-Jun ! M.S.Gopalakrishnan 10-Jun ! Roop Kumar Rathod 10-Jun ! T.V.Gopalakrishnan 11-Jun ! Frank Beard (ZZ Top) 11-Jun ! Robert Birch (Stereo MC's) 11-Jun ! T. V. Gopalakrishnan 11-Jun ! Palghat Mani Iyer 12-Jun ! Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) 12-Jun ! ! Kenny Wayne Shepherd 12-Jun ! Soren Rasted (Aqua) 13-Jun ! Boy George (Culture Club) 14-Jun ! Chris DeGarmo (Queensryche) 14-Jun ! Ice Cube 15-Jun ! Russell Hitchcock (Air Supply) 15-Jun ! Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche) 15-Jun ! Zia Fariduddin Dagar 15-Jun ! A.Kanyakumari 15-Jun ! Sikkil Kunjumani 15-Jun ! Suraiya 15-Jun ! Amaal Mallik 16-Jun ! Nathan Followill (Kings Of Leon) 16-Jun ! Barry Manilow 17-Jun ! Paul Young 17-Jun ! Alison Moyet 18-Jun ! Chaitra H. G. 18-Jun ! Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses) 18-Jun ! Paul McCartney 18-Jun ! Brian Welch (Korn) 19-Jun ! Paula Abdul 19-Jun ! John Taylor (Duran Duran) 20-Jun ! Lionel Richie 20-Jun ! Michael Anthony (Van Halen) 20-Jun ! Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson) 20-Jun ! Jal Mistry 20-Jun ! Leslie Lewis 20-Jun ! Shweta Shetty 20-Jun ! Shakela Banu Bhopali 21-Jun ! Brandon Flowers (The Killers) 21-Jun ! Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) 21-Jun ! Marcella Detroit (Shakespear's Sister) 21-Jun ! Sonique 21-Jun ! Cyndi Lauper 22-Jun ! Gary Beers (INXS) 22-Jun ! Kris Kristofferson 22-Jun ! Chittor Subramania Pillai 22-Jun ! Anubhav Sinha 23-Jun ! Penaaz Masani 23-Jun ! Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) 23-Jun ! Vijay Sardeshmukh 23-Jun ! Andy McCluskey (O.M.D.) 24-Jun ! Curt Smith (Tears For Fears) 24-Jun ! Jeff Beck 24-Jun ! John Illsley (Dire Straits) 24-Jun ! Mario Calire (The Wallflowers) 24-Jun ! Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) 24-Jun ! Kailash Surendranath 24-Jun ! Carly Simon 25-Jun ! Ian McDonald (Foreigner) 25-Jun ! Mike Kroeger (Nickelback) 25-Jun ! B.U.Ganesh Prasad 26-Jun ! Ariana Grande 26-Jun ! Chris Isaak 26-Jun ! Colin Greenwood Radiohead) 26-Jun ! Gauhar Jaan 26-Jun ! Patty Smyth 26-Jun ! Nitin Mukesh 27-Jun ! Bobby Harrison (Procol Harum) 28-Jun ! David Knights (Procol Harum) 28-Jun ! Ian Paice (Deep Purple / Whitesnake) 29-Jun ! Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls) 29-Jun ! Ali Peter John 29-Jun ! Stanley Clarke 30-Jun ! T-Pain 30-Jun

The Greek Connection

Comprised of five of its most innovative musicians, Udopia is at the heart of Greece's vibrant musical scene, at the crossroad of East and West, tradition and modernity. Drawing inspiration from ritual dance music, urban songs, modern grooves and the country’s ancient musical heritage, the group's unusual and characteristic lineup of saxophones, oud, kamancheh, voice, accordion, tabla and drums creates an explosive blend of rhythmic elements that will dynamically carry the audience through the beauty of age old melodies. Udopia is Efthymios Atzakas (Oud, Composer), Konstantinos Anastasiadis (Drums, Tabla, Composer), James Godfrey Wylie (Saxophone, Kemenche, Composer), Fausto Sierakowski (Saxophone, Composer) & Avgerini Gatsi (Vocals, Accordion).

On their recent visit to India, we  got to connect with  Konstantinos Anastasiadis. from the band to share experiences of their visit to India and performing at Udaipur Music Festival.

Is this your first visit to India?
This is actually our second visit to India and we are so proud of it. The Indian journey has been amazing so far and we are very excited to perform in Delhi.

What are your first impressions of this country?
In my opinion, India is the most spiritual country I have ever been to. Everything feels different in here. Being here makes me feel alive as every day brings a new experience. 

Has any Indian musician or musical tradition influenced your music?
Yes, of course. A lot of music that we play is inspired by the Indian Classical music. In fact, I grew up listening to Shakti band- which plays acoustic fusion music combined with elements of Jazz, Carnatic music- which is music associated with Southern part of India and of course Hindustani classical music. My love for Indian music grew over time and listening to great Indian musicians on Youtube influenced me so much that I wanted to learn different Indian instruments like Carnatic Violin and Tabla. I have been practicing Tabla for 15 years now. Zakir Hussain and Tari khan are few of my favorite Tabla players from India.

Tell us something about your music and what musical styles have influenced your sound?
Udopia is still growing and exploring since it’s a fairly new band but our music is mostly influenced by Balkan style, Arabic sounds, Turkish sounds and of course Greek and India influence as well.

Has your music, which is essentially traditional Greek/Middle Eastern, changed over the years?
The history of Greek music goes all the way back to ancient times but not much has changed from ancient to modern styles. The origins of Greek folk song can be traced back to the first centuries where Greek tragedy of poetry, music and dance were a part of the daily lives of Greek entertainment. However, Udopia is of course changing as it’s still exploring and growing as it is passed and performed from one individual to another.

Popular music has a much wider audience, have you ever considered going pop so to say, to reach a wider audience?
Never

What do you think of the current world music scene?
I feel the music industry is going down and it’s not good because everybody is getting commercialized. They just produce music to sell.

What are your future projects as individually and as a band?
I  am currently playing with 15 bands. There are so many projects that we have tied up with across the world. I don’t know what is going to happen in future but we are definitely preparing ourselves with some new music, mix of traditional and modern music. It is going to be very exciting as it is not the instrument which is important for me but it is the communication and connection with the audience, that is how well your music is received and loved which is of utmost importance.

Any upcoming festivals that you are playing?
Lot of stuff for all of us. Playing in various festivals over the next two years.

Do you plan to come to India again and how was the overall experience?
Yes, of course. It is indeed a beautiful country and we would love to perform in each and every city of India.  We met some amazing musicians and artists in the city. Every time when you come to a new place like this, there is so much to sink in and experience it. It is only once you go back that you realise the worth of an experience like this. So you just go with your eyes and ears open, not thinking too much about it, just trying to take it all in and live it. It’s beautiful!

Did you get a chance to interact with other bands?
We couldn’t interact much with bands there as it’s a huge festival which means that musicians had to be spread over different hotels and 3-4 different stages. But great experience!
However, we did jam with some of the local musicians from Udaipur. It was a delight to be in that space.

How did you get selected for the Udaipur World Music Festival?
We came here last year which is the reason why we are here today. We played music for the Institute of Greek Indian friendship- Indo Hellenic friendship league. Obviously, we couldn’t have come here without the help of the Greek Embassy and the Chairman of Mawana Sugars, Mr. Siddharth Shriram.

They trusted me and my colleagues to present some elements of Greek music for this conference. The Greek Ambassador came to this concert and appreciated our music. During the summers, he called me and said that there was a great news for us, Udaipur Music Festival wanted some great musicians for their festival and Seher foundation proposed our band and also found a sponsor for us. So without them, nothing would have been possible.

We are talking about the experiences and our future goals but it is very important to remember that without the generosity and interest in cultures of institutions and private individuals, I mean to bring a band from Greece like that is just not possible.

Interviews

Venues

Best Jazz Venue in India

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.