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An evening of music with Mana and Josh

September 6, 2017

An evening of music with Mana and Josh

MANA DHANRAJ
Current Lead singer of Mana & Co. and Jazz Band Tea for Two, Mana is a versatile vocalist who is equally comfortable singing jazz, RnB and rock. In moments of madness, she can also do a respectable rap. She loves live looping and generates very interesting vocal effects and layers to texture songs. Her influences include Hiatus Kaiyote, Charlie Parker, Layla Hathaway, Bobby McFerrin, Sanjay Subramanian and Kalapini Komkali.

After 2 years of work, Mana joined the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in India for a formal training Jazz, graduating in 2015. While there, she had the opportunity to work on a fusion piece for the Neumann product launch in Chennai, and also collaborated with Fulbright Scholar Alex Pinto on his musical project: “The All India Permit”, which sought to fuse Carnatic with Jazz. She was also mentored by renowned international artists, including Raphaelle Brochet, Natalie John, Magos Herrera, Tom Brislin, Karina Colis, Carolina and Steve Zerlin.

In 2014, Mana formed an experimental funk and neo soul band, ‘Chandbibi and the Waste Candidates’. Their debut album, ‘Tidy Funk’, was recorded in October 2014, following which they toured across India, performing in venues such as Humming Tree, (Bangalore), Nariyal Paani festival (Mumbai), and Alliance Franscaise (Pondicherry).

Mana co-founded a Bangalore-based music school, ‘The Mela Centre for Learning’, in 2015, where she teaches Jazz vocals to students across a range of ages, besides carrying out various administrative functions. Her most recent endeavour is developing an innovative new syllabusl involving teaching Western classical music to first-time learners.

JOSHUA COSTA
Joshua has been playing keyboards and piano from the age of 8. Having studied pop keyboard very initially made him open to playing across various styles such as Pop, Rock and more recently having forayed into Jazz and Blues. Joshua plays with various bands and artists. To name a few, Colin D’Cruz and Jazz Junction, The Gerard Machado Network, Prakash Sontakke Group, retro setup The Butterfingers , & Classic Wild playing Classic Rock and some progressive rock. Off late he is also part of an interesting music project fusing bollywood classics with the elements of jazz and R&B called MaJa.

His musical tastes range across Jazz, Funk and Blues to Rock n Roll and other retro stuff. He Says “I love to play anything where my creative gene gets activated and I am able to improvise and experiment. My goal is to have fun with music be it at a studio, stage or wherever !!”.

He has two albums of his Own (Always there and Aikya) produced by Colin D’Cruz under the JazzGoa label. He listens to a lot of variety because he believes what you hear is what comes out of you, Stuff he listens to includes Keith Jarret, Chick Corea, More recent New Age jazz artists such as Manuel Valera, Robert Glasper, and also contemporary pop such as ABBA, Carpenters, Beatles, Sting etc.

Thursday | 7th September 2017 | 8:00 PM onwards

Venue:
Big Brewsky,
Sarjapur road,
before Wipro Corporate Office,
Bengaluru- 560035.

Entry free

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