Monday Blues – 19 July 2010

Monday Blues at The Big Ben, Kenilworth Kolkata

Monday 19 July 2010. 8 PM – 10 PM

The Big Ben, Kenilworth – Kolkata, home of the celebrated and nationally acclaimed Friday Night Live shows that have changed the face of musical performances and defined live music trends in Kolkata over the last year, now ventures into the past to revive one of the cities most celebrated musical eras. Monday Blues, a weekly Monday evening show, is visualised by the creative production company Littlei which is also responsible for the Friday Night Live performances. The concept, derived from the very successful Jazz and Blues performances at FNL, draws a parallel to the 70s when these genres defined the sound and vibe of the Calcutta lifestyle. Monday Blues is supported by Congo Square, the hosts of the renowned Congo Square Jazz Festival as well as the French cultural division of Alliance Française.

FOUR-ON-A-SWING

♫ SUMITH RAMACHANDRAN on Guitars

There are guitarists, there are guitar gods and there are guitar players. “Then there is Sumith Ramachandran who is a monster guitarist. I would feel nervous playing when he is there in the audience.” Ehsaan Noorani. Often labeled one of the most jaw-dropping guitar players in the country, Sumith Ramachandran has been performing since the age of 9! When his friends were discovering the joys of reading and writing, Sumith was unknowingly honing his perfect pitch skills. With a performance average of 280+ in a single calendar year, Sumith spends the remaining days perfecting his art, composing for his upcoming album, and updating himself and his home studio on latest trends in the music world.

♫ JIVRAJ SINGH on Drums

The brightest of young stars of the Indian drumming circuit, Jivraj Singh brings his beats to stage as one of the most versatile drummers in the city. His talent and stage presence is felt often as he plays with the avant-garde outfits PINKNOISE and Skinny Alley.

♫ PRADYUMNA ‘PADDY’ MANOT on Keys

PRADYUMNA SINGH MANOT a.k.a. PADDY started his life in music on the piano at the age of six. Since that time time he has been extensively studying Western Classical, Jazz and traditional Indian music. In Western Classical music he has given numerous solo recitals and ensemble performances including playing piano concertos with the A’telier de Musique Orchestra and Mr. Abraham Mazumdar. He was a part of the Saturday Night Blues Band and performed with them for more than a year at the famous pub Someplace Else. In the world of jazz he is the co-founder of the Latin Jazz band LOS AMIGOS. He has a jazz quartet with Sumith Ramachandran. More recently he has been touring with the world famous tap dancer Jason Samuel Smith. He works with numerous dancers and composes music for them. He has performed with kathak dancer Pt. Chitresh Das and also is collaborating on dance and music with modern contemporary dancer Leah Curtis from New York. Through his studies of Indian music and Jazz music he has given many concerts with musicians like grammy winner Pt. Viswa Mohan Bhatt, Ustad Sabir Khan, Pt. Vikku Vinayakram, Taufique Quereshi, Ustad Shujaat Khan, and Pt. Tarun Bhattacharya among others. He is currently collaborating with Ustad Raza Ali Khan on the deeper levels of fusion between western and eastern music. He also taught piano and keyboards for five years at the Birla High School for Boys, Kolkata.

♫ WILLIAM WALTERS on Bass

This is a walk in event. Infolines: 9830296942/9830046963.
Free Entry, No Cover Charge (Pub rules apply: no shorts or open toed footwear for gents)