Blues lullaby at Patan

KATHMANDU: The perfect ambience helps in creating the perfect mood to enjoy anything. And when it comes to that perfect ambience with opulent surroundings and a mystic feel, the Patan Museum proves to be the best. Blues lovers filled the museum’s courtyard on the evening of October 16 on the second day of the Himalayan Blues Festival 2008 for some awesome music.

The evening saw international artistes performing giving the Blues fans, who had missed one or the other performance the day before, a chance to enjoy great Blues mood at one venue.

Food and drinks were made available at the venue making it pleasantly comfortable for all to bite into hot and spicy snacks along with the flowing drinks while listening to some amazing performances.

Jonno Zilber, known for his twisted lyrics and peppy music, entertained all. Singing songs like Where I’m going and others he kept the mood light with subtle humour in between. Soon Nepali instrumental ensemble featuring well-known saxophone player Subha B Sunam jamming up with Nucche Dangol (percussion), Madan Singh Nepali (guitar) and Keshab (tabala) got on the stage.

The ensemble was successful in giving a typical Nepali and Blues fusion with use of western and eastern instruments. It was a one of a kind experience for the crowd comprising both local and expatriates.

With the flavour of the land Down Under, Owen Campbell had some surprises in store. Campbell played his guitar in the ‘slide guitar style’ bringing out a totally different melody and belting out some foot tapping tunes.

Then Danish Blues maker Kenn Lending took to the stage and siad that Blues music and feeling blue is totally different, and you will feel blue a lot if you are in love with the wrong woman. Most of his songs had lyrics supporting his blue feelings.

The show ended with Chris Schreiner Project, where the three-man band performed compositions of their favourite legendary musicians like Jeff Black among others.