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Jazz for Peace -- 7th December 2008Back to Events

The Jazz for Peace show held in the streets near Gonsalves Mansion was an event that struck the heart, as an event of emotion, love, peace, togetherness and unity. Harri Stojka, considered to be the world's best Gypsy jazz guitarist, started the event with popular numbers from the Gypsy almanac, and then graduated into music that was composed by him and his teammates. harri was simply amazing on the guitar, with his deft playing drawing 'oohs' and 'aahs' from the crowd that was already ready to savour music of the highest quality. Gypsy jazz is upbeat, exciting and high energy and Harri and his band members were simply fantastic. Claudius Jelinek was relaxed and cool on his rhythm guitar with Adolf Schneeberger simply amazing on the drums with Heimo Wiedernofer on bass rounding off the Gypsy Jazz Quartet that enthralled Goa to the fullest.


However, it was undoubtedly Saskia Laroo, who stunned the crowd with her brand of Jazz funk, jazz-rock and rap jazz that got the crowd on its feet. She was simply amazing, full of life and joie de vivre. She started off the concert with the number "It's just jazz", and then went on to mesmerize the packed audience with music that surprised all who were present. If anyone thought that jazz was for listening pleasure only, they were in for a grand surprise since Saskia and her quintet pumped up the evening with numbers that had people dancing, fully energized by the flunky tunes that were played to perfection and more. Saskia on the trumpet, Warren Byrd on vocals and piano, Alexander Beets, who was simply mind blowing on the saxophone, Andy Valkenburg on bass and ever smiling and stunningly attractive girl drummer, Dorota Piotrowska formed the quintet. All this in Campal, now seemingly the Jazz Capital of India!



The streets of Campal were adorned with decorative lights, and the area wore a festive look. Before the commencement of the show, a two-minutes silence was observed in the memory of those killed in Mumnbai. Both Saskia and Harri spoke at the occasion and expressed pain at what had happened but also made it a point to mention that they were here to unite people through music.






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