Braz Gonsalves, Louis Banks and others present a jazz treat in Goa

03, Feb 2011

Magnum Adevents organized a fundraiser on behalf of the Divine Mercy Charitable Trust which caters to the temporal and spiritual services of the poor and backward. Maestro Braz Gonsalves, a world famous musician of yesteryears is a member of the trust. He performed in concert with Louiz Banks accompanied by Gino Banks on drums and Sheldon D’Silva on Bass Guitar. The concert was staged February 3, 2011 at Kala Academy, Panjim. The concert is the fundraiser planned to further the activities of the trust. The trust plans to extend its activities to:

1) A counseling centre

2) A home for the aged centered in Divine Mercy activities

3) A residential structure to meet the educational needs of young children.

The concert was a huge success with lovers of jazz enthralled with the quality of music they were treated to.

Braz Gonsalves has made an international name for himself as a great jazz saxophonist. Fondly known as “The Grandfather” of Indian jazz, Braz was born in Neura, Goa and learned music at his father’s knee. He pioneered Indo-Jazz fusion and made an original album in Calcutta in 1970 called Raga Rock. Braz was selected by the Government of India, as India’s jazz ambassador to a numerable Jazz Festivals. He participated in more international and local jazz festivals than any other Indian musician. He played with International Jazz greats like Charlie Byrd, Eddie Daniels, Sadao Watanabe, Paul Gonsalvez and many others.

In 1980 he did a world tour with Sangam the Jazz Yatra Sextet (Louis Banks, Ranjit Barot, Karl Peters, Rama Mani and Suresh), playing an exhilarating brand of Carnatic and Jazz – Rock fusion to standing ovations.

He has also played with other greats like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Zakir Hussain, Trilok Gurtu, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Shankar Mahadevan and Siva Mani. His ability to continually assimilate musical innovations has kept his performance vital and contemporary till date.

He has been a soloist, for recordings of Jazz, Gospel, Indipop Albums, Ad Jingles, & Hindi film music. Braz Gonsalves was given a certificate by the Goa Cultural and Social Centre and a Lifetime Achievement Award Chief Minister Digambar Kamat for his outstanding achievements in promoting Goan Traditional culture through art and music all over the world

Louiz Banks - Keyboards / Piano: has been spearheading the Jazz Movement in India for the past three decades. He has been singularly instrumental in bringing a high standard of Jazz performance for jazz devotees in India. Apart from playing Jazz, he is the most sought after composer for advertising commercials, TV serials, TV themes, curtain raisers, anthems documentaries, stage musicals, film background scores, popular and Hindi music. He has proved his calibre, time and again, by performances with international greats such as Eddie Henderson, Eddie Daniels, Charlie Mariano, Yolande Bavan, John McLaughlin, Tony Lakatos, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, the list is unending. He crowned it all with a tour all over India with the legendary Dizzy Gillespie.

Bob Tinker all the way from Paris is an exceptionally versatile trumpet player who plays with leading jazz bands and orchestras as well as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also a member of Glen Miller Memorial Band and has his own band La Reveillon.

Bondo’s association with beats goes back to the time when he was in his mother's womb; his mother used to play the traditional gumot. He is now an internationally acclaimed percussionist, performing in barnyards and billionaire mansions, sharing his magic with Flamenco giants like Vincent Amigo, Bela Fleck, Tino de Geraldo, Raphael Requine, Manollo Sanlucar, George Duke, Al Jarreau, George Brooks, Boston Art,Braz Gonsalves and Louis Banks among several others.

The Syndicate is a group of international artists from Bombay like Darryl and Sharon Rodrigues who have performed with Asha Bhosle, Hariharan and Lezz, Suneeta Rao, A. R. Rehman and others and Rahul D’Mello who toured with the Rat Pack from London and has two albums to his name have joined together with Diego, Paul and Adrian from the Band The Syndicate. Twenty years and hundreds of successful shows later, with a huge fan following, the Syndicate is still going as strong as ever. They play all kinds of music from jazz to rock and are able to entertain the crowd to a great extent. Today their name commands a lot a respect and admiration among the music lovers terming them as Goa’s No.1 band.

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