Kathmandu:

The fourth annual Jazz festival, Jazzmandu 2005, after spreading unrelenting Jazz waves throughout the Capital has finally observed its wackiest closing moments.

The festival that kick-started on November 4 finally was able to floor the audience, with stellar performances by different bands. And before we count on the days for the next jazz festival, let’s rest assured that we will not have a dearth of our own Jazz musicians in the years to come.

On November 12, after the Jazzmandu Peace Parade followed by a cavalcade of vintage bikes, cars, musicians and Nepali traditional dancers paraded down Lazimpat street, it was time in the evening to wrap it up with an extravagant musical fiesta. Jazzmandu All-Star Fever, at the Summit Hotel marked the festival finale.

Save Solid! (who weren’t present to make it into another wonderful night), the rest of the bands created high-energy atmosphere with their breathtaking renditions.

Soul mate stole the show for the better part and Tripti, who’s ever more in fine fettle, managed to be the major magnet of the show. The rest of the bands followed till midnight with yet another round of frantic entertainment, compiling grooved and pumped up music for the audience to hop the night away.

The festival that brought an eclectic ensemble of consummate musicians to the fore started initially with the aim of bringing the powers of the Jazz music to the Himalayan kingdom. Not to mention, it was also an opportunity to promote music through workshops, competitions for young musicians and free shows for the general public.

Nepal Tourism Board, Marlboro, Pepsi, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Summit Hotel, Gokarna Forest Resort, Shangri-La Hotel and Resorts, Hotel yak and Yeti, 1905 Kantipath, Himal Power Limited, Mercantile Communications, Station, Lasoon and Upstairs were the main sponsors of the event and The Himalayan Times, Nepali times, ECS, Wave, Image Channel and Hits FM were the official media partners.