The city of Kolkata got a taste of Jazz music as music maestros from all over the world performed at Dalhousie Institute in association with Congo Square. The three day long Jazz Festival 2013 that started on November 29 and continued till December 1 made a lot of buzz in the city. A press conference was organized at Dalhousie Institute to mark the launch of this fest and was attended by Gaurab Chatterjee, Nishad Pandey, Akash Mittal and Satyajit Roy Chowdhury (president of Congo Square).
Congo Square is a non-profit music society which is dedicated solely to the promotion and the exposition of jazz music and blues. The Jazz Fest which began in the year 2004 is now in its eleventh year. Jazz Fest brings artists of international renown to Kolkata on these three days.
The three day long fest featured musicians from all over the world. Musicians from India, USA, Australia, Mexico, Germany, Netherlands and Czech Republic performed at the festival. In collaboration with the numerous art councils, art agencies, consulates, and jazz organizations, Congo Square creates an intimate yet expansive setting in which music lovers are able to interact with authentic soul stirring music.
On November 29, Carlos Bica and Azul Trio (Germany) and Milan Svoboda Quartet (Czech Republic) performed in Kolkata. Prasanna and the Swarnabhoomi academy of music faculty band and Akash Mittal Quintet performed on the second day of the festival. The last day saw performances by George Brooks Summit and Yuri Honing Wirred Paradise.
“Jazz is a music which is rhythmic and has meaning in it. The festival is a once in a lifetime event and I will urge music lovers to make use of this opportunity. They will be lost in the sheer ecstasy of music” said Satyajit Roy Chowdhury. He even urged that the audience must be there punctually so that the musicians do not have to perform in front of a half filled hall.