Jazzing it up the Thai way

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Jazzing it up the Thai way

The fourth edition of the international jazz and blues festival, organised by Indigo 91.9 at Hotel Royal Orchid, saw some scintillating performances by Indian and international artistes who delighted music lovers from all over the city during the one-day affair. The evening culminated with an enthralling performance by the headlining act Thai artiste Passakorn Morasilpin and his quintet.

The group impressed everyone and stole the show with a fusion of jazz and rock performed in a Thai traditional style.

 The quintet features some of the finest jazz artistes including the lead and founder Passakorn Morasilpin, Kasemsmai Wongchayasilpa on bass, Pong Nakornchai on drums, Janepat Montrelerdrasmee on keyboard and Attasit Dorkeaw on guitar.

Describing their music as “energetic, uptempo and burning”, Pong said that their work is a combination of the identities and personalities of each of the members of the quintet.

Passakorn highlighted that all the members are his friends and established musicians in Thailand.

“I told them that I have a special project and asked if they wanted to join me. We got together in mid 2015.”

“The journey has been great and we’ve had a wonderful time performing with the Passakorn Quintet. All the musicians are some of the best in our country. Passakorn has a great choice and taste of choosing members and I have really enjoyed playing with them in the country and internationally,” said Pong who spun his magic on the drums.

He added that the project decided to put two different things together — saxophone with a guitar effect.

 “Passakorn has tried to create new things. He has combined new stuff with the traditional one and tried to make it work because generally it doesn’t, since the tuning and the scales are different. Similarly, the Thai tuning and the Western tuning is different.

We have always had a good time at the recording studio. His compositions are not easy and it’s hard to get them right. We talk about it and make jokes about it, trying to get through it, and in the last take, it works,” said Pong.

The quintet impressed the audience with their fresh tunes and also seemed to enjoy their time in the city.

As Passakorn put it, “The weather is perfect, the people are nice and the food is great in Bengaluru. We are having a lovely time here.”

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