Goa International Jazz Live Festival (GIJLF) kicks off
Goa: The stage set afire with the Jazz India Circuit’s Goa International Jazz Live Festival (GIJLF) kicking off at the spectacular Stonewater Eco Resort near Bogmalo this weekend. The experimental, up-tempo, funky celebration of new age jazz aims to push the boundaries of what typically constitutes the sound of the genre.
Presented and produced by Teamwork Arts, a pioneering performing arts entertainment company, this year’s GIJLF is part of Teamwork Art’s Jazz India Circuit (JIC), an endeavor to present jazz festivals across the country to satiate the national jazz appetite. Celebrating ‘The Joy of the Experiment’, the Jazz India Circuit in Goa brought together bands that are redefining jazz with their unique blend of backgrounds and musical tastes.
“It’s amazing to bring to Goa a music that we all love and hear it being played at this spectacular ocean front!” commented Sanjoy K Roy, Managing Director Teamwork Arts
The opening act of the day was Jazmine, the Steve Sequeira Ensemble featuring legends of the Goan jazz scene including the incredible of Steve Sequeria and Derek Julian. Next up all the way from Switzerland was the duo Hely with their virulent rhythmic flows and euphoric improvisation creating a trance-like atmosphere. DMT Jazz Trio followed this up with experimental free and fusion jazz with elements of acid jazz, blues, funk, and electronica. Elvis Lobo, Goa’s beloved son and local guitar god, joined DMT Jazz Trio for a one-of- a-kind performance. From the Alps to the Reunion Island’s Gael Horellou Identite, a French saxophonist with a classical and jazz background, who ended the evening on a high note.
Audiences sampled exciting delicacies at the Merry Melange – offering delicious mix of varied cuisines curated by The Goan Foodie, arguably the best known food curation and discussion forum in the state. The Curio Corner featured unique and contemporary hand crafted Indian artworks curated by Direct Create, a platform that brings indigenous artists to retail marketplace. Artists from the True School of Music also provided workshops across areas like music production, musical instruments, sound engineering etc.
Artists such as True School All Stars (USA), Tam De Villiers Quartet (France), World Service Project (UK), Yuichiro Tokuda’s Ralyzzdig (Japan) and Malika Tirolien (Canada) are set to perform tomorrow.