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 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.
Edited by Shreya Job
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