Kathmandu Sways To The Beats of Gypsy Jazz

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In its various iterations, Jazz has found resonance with listeners around the world. One such iteration is Gypsy Jazz whose origins can be traced to Jean “Django” Reinhardt – a guitarist who popularised the genre in Paris in the 1930s. Given the fact that Django was from the Manouche Roma clan, this school of music is often called Manouche Jazz and has found a small but ardent fan following in Kathmandu.

To cater to the growing interest in the genre and to provide a sustainable platform for nurturing the same, the Nepal Gypsy Jazz Festival was launched in 2014. Given the explicit French connection, it comes as no surprise that Alliance Française de Kathmandu decided to partner with the 2018 edition of the festival to ensure that audiences were able to enjoy a host of local and international acts.

The Nepal Gypsy Jazz Festival in progress

The Nepal Gypsy Jazz Festival in progress

Gypsy Jazz has its roots in the folk music and stories of different cultures. In the context of Nepal, this musical tradition can be used to expand the soundscape of the local public whilst adding a new dimension to the rich tradition of Nepali music. It was with this goal of creating interactions between different cultures that the Nepal Gypsy Jazz Festival was created. Within the framework of the same, various gypsy jazz musicians from around the world gather in Kathmandu in March every year to the delight of festival goers.

The audience soaking in the ambience at Flavor's Café

The audience soaking in the ambience at Flavor’s Café

The 2018 edition of the Nepal Gypsy Jazz Festival took place from March 29 to April 6 at Flavor’s Cafe and Restaurant in Kathmandu. A special gypsy Jazz Camp was also organised at Jarsingpauwa on Mar 31. This year’s lineup included Hari Maharjan (Nepal), Daniel Givonne (France), Arko Mukherjee (India), Irene Ypenburg (Holland), Greg Pittet (Switzerland), Jeremie Pellaz (Switzerland), Chloe Vanderlek (Holland), Chakrabir Lama (Nepal), Renu Syanbo (Nepal), and Rigzin Lama (Nepal).

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Another live act at the festival

A short clip of the Hari Maharjan Band performing at the Nepal Gypsy Jazz Festival can be found here :

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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Directeur de publication : Délégation Générale de la Fondation Alliance Française en Inde et au Népal

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Rédacteur/Coordinateur national : Siddharth Bhatt

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