Colourful audieu to Jazzmandu


Passing the brightly lit Durbar Marg covered with twinkling fairy lights, the festive spirit captures your heart and mind. And this festive mood does not end here on the streets. The anticipation to celebrate and make merry continues at the Shangri La Hotel,Lazimpat where the one of the biggest musical festivals was going on.

On the evening of October 27, the gates were opened to all jazz lovers to come and enjoy the last day of the sixth Kathmandu jazz festival ‘Jazzmandu 2008’. The six-day long festival of jazz music came to a grand finale at Shangri La’s mystically beautiful Shambala Garden.

All jazz fans who had missed the festival so far, made their way to this beautiful garden to

see what they had missed, while the regulars came to bid adieu to the musicians and to a wonderful experience.

The way the garden was lit made it look like a part of heaven where everything is just perfect, and everyone is enjoying delicious food, fabulous music and good company.

To add more colour to the festival, Heartbeat group of young artists had put up a Jazzmandu Art Exhibition on the premises. Featuring various artists, the paintings were about their depiction of the whole festival. Capturing the energy and feel of the festival, the works were in rich and bold colours expressing the vibrancy of the jazz music. The exhibition will continue at Upstairs Jazz Bar.

The All Star Fever gig featured all the jazz musicians participating in the festival.

The session began with Latino fever with Catia Werneck Quartet creating instant magic with their groovy music. Next was Wanny Angerer Latin Jazz Trio who with their one of a kind percussion added tempo to the ambience making all tap their feet and sway to their rhythm. Then one band playedtheir sets one after another, and Jazzmandu 2008 came to an end with a high energy jam session by all musicians.

Jazzmandu 2008 was presented by Upstairs Ideas with The Himalayan Times as the official print media. — HNS