Nepal’s most-awaited music festival, Jazzmandu, is gearing up for its 2018 edition in Kathmandu.
Jazzmandu 2018 is going to mark the annual music festival’s 22 years of successful journey since its first edition in 2002.
Nepali art and music lovers are eagerly waiting for the arrival of this famous Nepali music festival scheduled to be held during November 1-6, 2018.
Jazzmandu is usually a mix of local and international talents.
This year, Jazzmandu is welcoming six international bands to perform in the festival in various venues across Kathmandu during the scheduled period.
These foreign music bands include DACH, Nick’s Cousins, Groove Gang, Adrien Brandeis Quintet, Eduardo Mendonca and Cynthia Abraham.
Besides, there will also be Nepali bands including Cadenza (the festival organizer), Abhishek & Maria (who teach and perform jazz in Nepal), Project Sarangi that aims to safeguard and revive traditional Nepali music and Rabin Lal Shrestha duo with a melodious Eastern Classical.
Nepalis are fond of jazz because of its interactive approach in bringing the jazz-style music closer to Nepalis.
Jazzmandu presents different elements of music from traditional and non-traditional background including folk and instruments to melodies.
It stands out unique among other music festivals, majorly because it infuses new trends and styles in music into the local jazz scene, in its 2018 rendition.
“Jazz is popular because it revels in improvisation, it sounds different in each place. In jazz, there are no rules and there is much improvisation. It is more like a conversation,” says Samir Chhetri, one of the festival organizers and member of Nepal’s first jazz band, The Cadenza.
The journey of jazz music in Nepal has been successful as evident in its track record from having a handful of jazz musicians 16 years ago to today’s continuously-growing number of youngsters queuing to learn jazz at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory.
Long Live Jazz in Nepal!