Madras, Germany and France are all being represented at Taj Krishna this evening. Hopefully, you are as well.
Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad and Alliance Francaise of Hyderabad, in association with Taj Krishna, Seagram's 100 Pipers, and Hyderabad Western Music Forum, are presenting an Indo-Franco-German jazz concert. German pianist Uli Lenz, French saxophonist Francois Jeanneau and Indian tabla player Muthu Kumar Varadarajan are playing on 10th July, at Taj Krishna.
Uli Lenz: Uli Lenz is a pianist, composer and arranger who started touring the world in the '80s. He is known for his strong left hand. He has performed around the world, including at Queens Hall in Trinidad/Tobago and the Sam Houston Park in Texas.
His CD "Rainmakers Dance" was reviewed as one of best jazz releases in the world. In 2001, Lenz brought Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez to Berlin and performed with him in the duet "Live At Deutschland Radio". That concert received international attention under the name "Jungle Dance".
Francois Jeanneau: Francois Jeanneau began playing the saxophone as a self-made-man, in the '60s, and since then, has played at national and international festivals and leading workshops and master classes around the world.
He has played with jazz musicians that include Eric Dolphy, Freddy Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Bud Powell, Philly Joe Jones and Wynton Marsalis. Jeanneau has composed for bands, harmony bands, choirs, symphonic orchestras, jazz operas and films.
Muthu Kumar Varadarajan: Having trained under legends Ustad Alla Rakha, Ustad Zakir hussain and Pandit Yogesh Samsi, Muthu Kumar has been a freelancing tabla player. He has lent his tabla accompaniment to musicians from various genres of music ranging from Hindustani classical and Carnatic rhythmic ensembles, to popular film music, ghazal, fusion, hip hop, gospel and rock.
He has 15 years of professional tabla-playing experience. Muthu has created his own sound with a percussion setup consisting of a cajon, a darbuka, bongo drums, tablas, kanjeera and a wide range of small-effect percussions.
Entry is by free invitations, available at Alliance Francaise (West Marredpally), Goethe Zentrum (Hillfort Road, Nampally) and Kalakriti Art Gallery (Road No. 10, Banjara Hills). Please contact Alliance Francaise at 2770-0734 or Goethe Zentrum at 6552-6443 for further details.