JAIPUR MAHARAJA BRASS BAND IS BASED IN FRANCE
Jaipur Maharaja Brass Band Touring in Europe May to Nov 2014
For their first European tour in 2007, tabla maestro Amrat Hussain has brought together a group of Rajasthan's most talented musicians and performers. The band has already demonstrated their considerable talents at festivals, parades, carnivals and celebrations all over India, even performing on Indian television. It's fair to say that The Jaipur Maharaja Brass Band is one of Rajasthan's finest brass bands.
Indian Brass band music roots go deep into the sub-continents colonial past. Introduced in the middle of the 18th century by the British as a gift, today, fifty years after India's independence, thousands of Brass Bands play at every carnival, national or religious festivity or local marriage celebration. In Rajasthan alone there are over two thousand Brass Bands performing regularly. Brass band music is an essential part of every day Indian life, so much so that Rahis Bharti, general director and tabla player often says "In India, No Brass Band - No Marriage"
Childhood musical tabla prodigy Amrat Hussain joined his family in the Dhoad Gyspies from Rajasthan Band playing hundreds of concerts everywhere from Asia to North America. His ability has brought him solo invitations to play with musicians in a diverse range of musical styles, including joining l'Orchestra de Vitorrio featuring players from Tunisia, Senegal, Cuba, USA, Ecuador, Italy, Germany and Spain.
Originating from Jaipur, the city of the maharajas, the Jaipur Maharaja Brass Band consists of seven fine musicians, a beautiful female gypsy dancer and an amazing fakir juggler. They play a range of traditional brass instruments including trumpets, trombones, tubas, clarinets and saxophones and perform stunning dances and mind-boggling feats of strength and skill.
The music combines Indian melodies, driving brass rhythms, traditional Rajastan folk music with popular themes from Bollywood, jazz, funk, pop, reggae and even a touch of Hindustani classical music. Our gypsy dancer is famous all over India for her "dance of the cobra" and our fire-eating fakir walks barefoot on nails, broken glass and dances with knives.
The result of this vibrant fusion of colour, sound and movement frequently leaves audiences the world over breathless, demanding more of this singular spectacle.
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