Mumbai based jazz ensemble Soul Yatra is back after a very successful Asia-Pacific tour. Appointed as the Indian ambassadors of jazz by Hennessy XO, Soul Yatra has now been signed on as brand ambassadors and will perform several international events for Hennessy over the next two years. This is heartening news indeed for Indian jazz artistes who have been struggling for decades to find a voice in the international jazz arena. Jazz may have originated in America but today this form of improvised music is widely being accepted as the global sound of music. Jazz has always been alive and evolving drawing from worldwide cultures in it's journey towards global acceptance. Indian classical musicians in particular, have made a huge contribution to jazz since Indian classical music is all about improvisation-the keyword to jazz.
Soul Yatra's four country Asia-Pacific tour kicked off in Taipei, Taiwan on the 7th and 8th of October. The band performed at the very stylish nightclub of the Taipei Sheraton hotel to a surprisingly receptive audience. Testing overseas waters for the first time Soul Yatra stuck to traditional straight ahead jazz. The next two concerts on the 10th and 11th were in Seoul, South Korea where the band got the opportunity to perform at 'Once in a Blue Moon' jazz club that's listed among the world's best bars. The band's original indo-jazz fusion tunes made a big impression on the jazz connoisseurs in the audience. Next on the itinerary was Shanghai, China where the band literally rocked the boat on board a luxury yacht which was the venue on the 12th and 13th. The Shanghai crowd let their hair down to some swinging sounds of Latin jazz from Soul Yatra. The final leg of the tour wound up in Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Hilton's 'Zeta' bar on the 17th and 18th. Hollywood is big in Malaysia and what tickled the audience the most here, was the band's jazz interpretations of some popular Hollywood hits.
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