Mumbai Jazz Trio Find Chemistry at Madras Gig

Last weekend, three musicians formed a trio solely to perform at a jazz fest in the city. A week later, they already have album plans brewing

Published: 23rd July 2015 01:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd July 2015 01:17 AM   |  A+A-

Mumbai Jazz

If you were at Phoenix MarketCity last Sunday, you would have witnessed Sanjay Divecha jazz trio’s music. Sanjay plans to make an album with the same compositions that filled the air in the city last weekend and hopes to release it nationwide by the end of the year.

It all started with a phone call. Sanjay Divucha, was asked by organisers Exodus entertainment to perform at the Jazz festival 2015. That was when he decided to assemble a trio and take the stage. “I put it all together after the call. I decided that I would like to perform as a jazz trio with me playing the guitar, Karl Peters on bass and Gino Banks on drums, both of whom I’ve known for a long time,” said Sanjay.

The trio is a part of the musical community in Mumbai. Sanjay and Karl have known each other since 1995. They had performed together a few times before, but never as a trio with Gino, and sharing original music with the audience.

“It was the perfect opportunity. I was the primary composer and a couple of contributions were from Karl. We did some African-influenced and Brazilian-influenced numbers, fusion and some straight jazz. The response was terrific,” he told us.

Though the trio does many different things individually like freelancing and playing for other bands, it plans to continue performing as a trio and meet up at least once in two weeks.

“We are looking forward to performing again as a band. There are not many opportunities for this kind of music, but we believe that this is just the beginning and many more new compositions are to be made,” Sanjay said.

Sanjay shared his journey on how he came to compose the music of the fest. “I usually have a clear vision of what the music should be like. Every composition starts with a germ of an idea, be it a melodic phrase or a rhythmic phrase, something that inspires or sounds good to you. For me, it started with a particular melody that I had in my mind,” he recalled.

According to Sanjay, for a simple melody to grow into a full-fledged song, a lot of trial and error work is to be done. It may take days or months.

Now, those germs of ideas that have grown to a fine collection by the Sanjay Divecha Jazz Trio, and will soon be recorded and made available for everyone to listen.

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