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They came, they saw, they jazzed – The Manipal Journal
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They came, they saw, they jazzed

Manipal: The Jazz Explorer Trio, a jazz band from Scandinavia, rendered their music to an overwhelming audience at the packed MIT Library Auditorium on January 9. The event was organised by the Cultural Coordination Committee of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), in association with Spicmacay, a society that promotes classical music among the youth.

The band is a trio of Danish, classical Jazz musicians with Jonas Johansen on the drums, Thor Madsen on guitar and Lars Møller on the saxophone. Kicking off the show with their original tunes including ‘Blues at 5’ and ‘Woman’s Purse’, they played both upbeat and mellow melodies. However, their Indian-inspired composition from the ‘Glow of Benares’ album was the piece that was most appreciated by the crowd.

 

The MIT auditorium crowded with enthusiastic listeners || Photograph Courtesy: Divyansh Bargotra

The 400 seats within the auditorium were filled in well before the show with many more standing against the walls. The crowd was so unexpectedly huge that the organisers had to turn many people away. The large and enthusiastic crowd was unexpected as Jazz is not considered to be a very popular genre among the youth.

However, the chance of experiencing something different compelled many students to attend the show. The music was well received by the audience. Neha Hajela, a student of Manipal Institute of Technology who attended the event on her fathers’ recommendation ended up loving the show. “The experience was really different. I loved the atmosphere, and the love with which the musicians performed”, she said.

The band drummer Jonas Johansen lost in the rhythm || Photograph Courtesy: Divyansh Bargotra

“We were looking for something Western, classic and different. Spicmacay suggested that we invite the Jazz Explorer Trio all the way from Denmark”, said Sambit Dash, Secretary of the Cultural Coordination Committee, MAHE. He specified that the organisers were happy with the turnout. He believes that Jazz is still a very relevant genre of music, that holds various types of music within itself. The turnout for the show attested this.

 

Edited by Shreya Job

Featured Image Courtesy: Divyansh Bargotra

Anwesha Mukherjee

anwesha99@yahoo.com

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