Kathmandu Jazz Festival - Jazzmandu 2005

Greetings from Nepal! The first Kathmandu Jazz Festival was held in March 2002, and was a great success. In its first year, The Kathmandu Jazz Festival gained a reputation for high quality jazz, sound and performances. In the first year itself we flew three international bands and Mr. Don Burrows, Australia's leading jazz musician who is described as a 'National Living Treasure', to Nepal for the Supper Club event. This set the reputation of the festival in terms of its ability to attract stars and 'masters'. Since then we have had the Kathmandu Jazz Festival every year in March and many reputed musicians have performed at the festival. Some of them are Trilok Gurtu (master percussionist), Afro Dizzi Act (the favourite band from the previous year) and Jesse van Ruller (leading European jazz guitarist), Louis Banks Brotherhood, Urban Connection from Norway, Simak Dialog from Indonesia, Hannah Vasanth Trio from England, Max Lolo from Benin, Africa, and Soul Mate from Shillong. This year we are organized a free show for school students with the help of SEBS (Society of Ex-Budhanilkantha Students) for the younger generation. Keeping in mind our theme of "Music for Peace in the World", there was a Jazzmandu Peace Parade in Lazimpat during the 2-week festival. The parade included international musicians, Nepali musicians and traditional dancers, Buddhist monks chanting peace prayers, and vintage bikes and cars. The festival is coordinated by Mr. Navin Chettri (cadenzadaj@hotmail.com) and Mr. Mahesh Sajnani (serenehome@enet.com.np) High Altitude Jazz There is more than just mountains in Kathmandu this spring. The fourth Kathmandu Jazz Festival - Jazzmandu - is set to take place from the 4th to the 12th of March 2005. Musicians will be flying in from all over the globe to jam with some of Nepal's best. Some of the countries that the bands are confirmed from are: Norway, United States of America, France, England and India. Program March 5TH, SATURDAY – GOKARNA JAZZ BAZAR (A full day gala event with two stages woodstock style) March 6TH, SUNDAY – PEACE PARADE / SCHOOL SHOW (A free show) March 7TH, MONDAY – RED HOT LATIN JAZZ (A dinner and dance event in a hotel) March 8TH, TUESDAY – FREE SHOW AT PATAN (One hour show by the Norwegian band)                                  JAZZ VOCALISTS SHOW (A hotel event with dinner) March 9TH, WEDNESDAY – JAZZ AT PATAN (Fusion Event at the Patan Durbar Square) March 11TH, FRIDAY – HEADLINER SHOW (A headliner event with dinner) March 12TH, SATURDAY – ALL STAR FEVER (A grand finale of the Jazzmandu 2005) EMAIL: jazzmandu@enet.com.np MAILING ADDRESS: Kathmandu Jazz Festival, G.P.O BOX 8975 - EPC 1536, KATHMANDU (NEPAL). WEBISTE: www.kathmandujazzfestival.com - HAS INFORMATION ON THE MARCH 2004 JAZZMANDU WHICH WAS A GRAND SUCCESS. WILL HAVE INFORMATION ON THE JAZZMANDU 2005 BY THE MID OF JANUARY.