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Bollywood Meets Jazz
April 28, 2011   
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The Bollywood Brass Band are coming to play their first concert in Poland, invited by the Era Jazzu music agency.

“The term ‘Bollywood’ became the trademark of a specific, artistic culture centered around movies from India and the music featured in them,” said Dionizy Pi±tkowski, the director of Era Jazzu.

Nowadays movies from “India’s Tinseltown” are shown across the world. Many of them win nominations for the most important awards in the movie industry. Bollywood actors such as Shah Rukh Khan are stars both in India and around the world.

Poland embraced Bollywood late in the day when in 2005 the now legendary Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, directed by Karan Johar, was shown at the Era Nowe Horyzonty film festival. More Bollywood flicks subsequently found their way to Poland, vibrant with exotic beats, dance and songs. Bollywood soundtracks are expressive, rhythmic and varied. Built around simple harmonies and tunes, they draw heavily from contemporary Indian pop and India’s classic ethnic music.

The movie industry in India employs session bands to record the soundtracks, while the Bollywood Brass Band are a pioneering act when it comes to live performances of such music. Along with exotic instruments such as the dhol, the colossal sousaphone and the Punjabi drum, the musicians use an ensemble of jazz saxophones, trumpets and trombones which gives a refined, jazz sound to their music, using the Bollywood style as inspiration for energetic gigs.

The Bollywood Brass Band have come up with a perfect blend of ethnic and dance music, hits from Bollywood movies and impromptu jazz performances. The band are one of the main acts on India’s ethno-jazz scene.

Formed in 1992, they soon became a sensation at parties and city festivals in Britain. Almost two decades on, they are an acclaimed band invited to some of the world’s most prestigious music events. They were the stars of the night when a wax figure of Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan was unveiled at the famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London.

The Bollywood Brass Band play at festivals around the world, from Canada to Australia to India and festivals in Glastonbury, Cardiff and London. They have given several concerts at the famous Royal Albert Hall in London and the Opera House in Oslo.

East Meets Jazz, Bollywood Brass Band
Palladium Club, 7/9 Złota St.
May 19, 8 p.m.
Tickets available at www.ticketpro.pl, www.ebilet.pl, www.eventim.pl
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