Starry eve of Flamenco jazz

KATHMANDU:

The Hyatt Regency Ballroom came alive with every strum of guitar, every beat of the drums, and every blow of the trumpet on May 11. Flamenco jazz concert organised to celebrate ‘May as the month of Europe’ gave all music lovers a different flavour of jazz. The hall was filled with the who’s who of the Valley.

The concert started with the internationally reputed Jorge Pardo playing flute in the Flamenco style and received a huge round of applause. Flamenco jazz started in the late 70’s in Spain which is a fusion between Flamenco and jazz music. Musicians who love both genres of music express their creativity through this fusion and nowadays the music created is based more on improvisation of individual artistes.

Soon Pardo was joined by his band Vientos Flamencos members Juan Diego (guitar) and El Chispa (percussion). Whether on flute or on saxophone, Pardo showed his expertise in both. The soulful sound of flute along with the peppy rhythm of percussion and guitar made most of the guests present tap their feet. But it was the sound of saxophone that infused instant romance in the air, the ambience suddenly changed when the passion filled music was played.

During the second half, they jammed up with Sukarma and Mariano gave the distinctive flavour of Flamenco and traditional Nepali music fusion.

The event also marked the formal opening of the Jazz club of Hyatt ‘HyJazz’. Getting to the next level of its involvement in promotion of jazz music in the Valley, the Jazz club offers more opportunity for such events.

Part of proceeds from the concert will go to Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory to provide scholarship for talented underprivileged children.

The event was managed by Infinity International and Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory and sponsored by European Commission to Nepal, Hyatt Regency, Nepal Investment Bank, Nepal Britain Society and Ace Hotels and Resorts. — HNS