Arts: Jazzing it Up at Lincoln Center

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Indo-Jazz Festival

Indo-Jazz Festival

Lassi with Lavina Guide to Upcoming Events: Jazzing it Up at Lincoln Center

For those who live in New York what can be more exciting than a mashup of where they’ve come from and where they are  at the moment? Together these diverse sounds provide an exciting union, a promise of all that New York is and can be. East and West, north and south, old and new  all meet in a wonderful embrace.

SAMAA presents Indo-Jazz Festival which connects two genres of music, bringing Indian musical memories and American jazz together. This improvisational evening brings together Melodic Intersect – Hidayat Khan on sitar, Enayat Hossain on tabla and Greg Hatza on piano with Joy Islam on guitar, Fred Koch on saxophone and Virodh Sharma providing world percussion. Together they create a must-see, must hear feast of music.

Their New album “Looking forward” has been been included in this year’s Grammy Ballot for best World Music Album. It has charted for the last 15 weeks on top 10 including 8 Weeks at #1 in Radio charts. So what can be better than hearing them in person in intimate surroundings?

Hidayat Khan

Hidayat Khan

At the Indo-Jazz Festival, it’s a double bill of musical treats,  for you also have Jazz Carnatica: Indian Carnatic music seamlessly integrated with Jazz. It features the  Arun Ramamurthy Trio: Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Sameer Gupta (drums), and Rashaan Carter (bass).

Indo-Jazz at Lincoln Center

Indo-Jazz at Lincoln Center

 

And then like the icing on the cake is the wonderful Parul Dance Company: Parul Shah is an internationally acclaimed Kathak dancer and choreographer whose work is expanding the classical medium beyond cultural boundaries. She is accompanied by Mike Lukshis (tabla), Trina Basu (violin), Amali Premawardhana (cello).

 

Parul Shah

Parul Shah

Anna Kisselgoff in The New York Times described Parul Shah as “..a young Indian Classical dancer whose strong edge and respect for tradition add up to an exciting appeal with a difference. Rarely has the idea of tradition as a springboard for innovation been presented so persuasively.”

So the question is do you deserve so much richness of music and dance in one evening? No need to worry whether you’ve been good or bad and whether Santa will be judging you, Christmas is still a month away!  – Just get your tickets and get high on  this cornucopia of dance and music!

Ticket information:Click here

 

 

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Lavina Melwani is a New York-based journalist who writes for several international publications. [email protected] & @lassiwithlavina Sign up for the free newsletter to get your dose of Lassi!

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