Evenings of JLF are special occasions in themselves for music lovers and culture mongers. Each of these evenings is marked with out-of-the-world presentations by musical groups from across the globe at Hotel Clarks Amer. These dreamy evening shows have restricted entries. You are required to buy tickets if you wish to attend them. Believe us, it’s worth it. If you seek to soak yourself in exotic music, do go and attend.
Venue: Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur
Time: 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Entry: By ticket
Rajasthan Josh | 7:30pm – 8:30pm.
Rajasthan Josh is a world music band which conceptualises mesmerising concerts combining the various folk traditions of the north-western region of India. Using uniquely indigenous instruments like the morchang, bhapang, khartaal, double flute, nagada and bamboo flute while incorporating vocal styles ranging from traditional bhajans to popular folk songs and mystic Sufi Rajasthani music, their performances are interspersed with captivating folk dances.
Kabir Cafe | 8:45pm – 9:45pm
Neeraj Arya — the voice of Kabir in the contemporary scene — has been relentlessly researching and performing Kabir poetry across the country for the last six years. His rendezvous with Kabir began with the film Had Anhad by Shabnam Virmani. Influenced by folk Kabir artistes like Prahlad Tipanya and Mir Mukhtiyar Ali, Neeraj applied his own musical sensibilities and pioneered a genre called ‘Kabir Rock’.
Bombay Bassment is an award-winning outfit from Mumbai that combines the sounds of hip-hop, reggae, funk, and drum & bass. With a definitive thought of forming a drum & bass band, drummer Levin Mendes and bassist Ruell Barretto got together and combined forces with Robert Omulo aka Bobkat, a veteran emcee, rapper and DJ originally from Kenya, and Chandrashekhar Kunder aka Major C, a DJ with over 15 years of experience of the Mumbai hip-hop scene under his belt. The band released their self-titled debut album in 2014. Winning multiple awards in the first two years since their formation, they won ‘Best Emerging Band’ at the 7th Annual Jack Daniel’s Rock Awards.
Inna Modja transports you instantaneously to the heart of Mali, to what makes Mali’s heart beat. A performer who gave us the flamboyant hits ‘Mister H’, ‘French Cancan’ and ‘La Fille du Lido’, Modja learned her singer-songwriter craft from her elders. As an artist, she pieces herself together with Motown Soul, Sahel Desert Blues, Mandinka Guitars, a Fula Flute, Kora meets hip hop; all genres that set the pace in her teen years and continue to shape her phrasing in Bambara along with electro-pop for the looping that is also a central feature of Malian music
Soulmate | 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Inspired by the roots and groove sounds of the Blues, Blues-rock, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, funk and R&B, Soulmate was formed in Shillong in October 2003 when Rudy Wallang and Tipriti Kharbangar decided to form a band dedicated to spreading awareness about the Blues genre. They are joined by Leon Wallang on bass guitar and Vincent Tariang on drums.
Junun | 8:45pm – 9:45pm
Beth Orton is a singer and songwriter who has released six trailblazing albums, including the BRIT Award-winning Central Reservation, and 2012’s ‘Sugaring Season’, which Vogue described as ‘a beautiful and timely album, filled with melancholy’. Orton was born in East Dereham, Norfolk, UK and moved to London at a young age. Early guest appearances with The Chemical Brothers and William Orbit paved the way for her debut LP Trailer Park in 1997, a groundbreaking work that pioneered the synthesis of electronic beats and acoustic-based songwriting. Further albums include the Jim O’Rourke-produced Comfort of Strangers.
Sam Amidon is a singer/banjoist/fiddler/guitarist originally from Brattleboro, Vermont. He has released five acclaimed albums of radically reimagined folksongs on the Bedroom Community and Nonesuch labels, most recently 2014’s Lily-O. ‘Part preservationist, part visionary’ (Boston Globe), Amidon’s material consists primarily of adventurous re-workings of traditional American ballads and work songs with The New York Times describing how Amidon ‘transforms all of the songs, changing their colours and loading them with trapdoors.’ The albums have included contributions from musicians such as composer Nico Muhly, guitarist Bill Frisell and Thomas Bartlett among others.
Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan first came to light as a somewhat mysterious figure singing harmonies alongside Damien Rice. She has since been stretching her musical expertise in many directions, collaborating with artistes as diverse as Ray LaMontagne, Richard Hawley, Herbie Hancock and Glen Hansard. Her haunting voice has also been featured on soundtracks for the TV series Fargo and the Oscar-winning score for Gravity, all the while founding and co-hosting the acclaimed ‘Soundings’ podcast. Her critically acclaimed new album, At Swim, is arguably her most bewitching record and follows the double-platinum, Choice Music Prize and Mercury-nominated debut Sea Sew and 2011’s Passenger, which charted at number 1 in Ireland, and earned Hannigan another Choice Music Prize nomination.
Aga Khan All Stars | 7:50pm – 8:50pm
The Aga Khan Music Initiative is an inter-regional music and arts education programme launched by His Highness the Aga Khan to support talented musicians and music educators working to preserve, transmit and further develop their musical heritage in contemporary forms. It began its work in Central Asia, with projects in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan, and subsequently expanded to include artistes and audiences in the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and West Africa.
Often hailed as India’s biggest cultural and musical export, Raghu Dixit’s unique brand of infectious, happy music transcends age, genre and even language. His music is strongly rooted in Indian traditions and culture, and is presented with a very contemporary global sound. From playing to over 100,000 people in his home state of Karnataka to every big music festival in India, from Glastonbury to the BBC to even playing for the Queen of England and the entire royal family, Dixit seems to have done quite a bit!
The Raghu Dixit Project is one of India’s foremost bands in its genre being earthy, rooted, colourful, vibrant, simple yet highly enjoyable.