ZLB23 brings to Bengaluru a line-up of globally renowned artistes for the first edition of Magnetic Music

ByFathima Ashraf

Published Dec 09, 2023 | 12:00 PMUpdated Dec 09, 2023 | 12:00 PM

ZLB23 brings to Bengaluru a line-up of globally renowned artistes for the first edition of Magnetic Music

ZLB23 of The Leela Palace Bengaluru,  one of the city’s finest speakeasys has launched the first season of Magnetic Music.

Featuring a line-up of nine bands, the 10-day event showcases some of the finest musicians across nine genres.

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All that jazz

Magnetic Music is one of the core pillars at ZLB23. We are committed to relaying original, curated music at an exclusive venue for our discerning guests. In future editions we intend to bring in folk, fusion, and other genres to Bengaluru,” says Madhav Sehgal, Area Vice President – South India, The Leela Palaces, Hotels, and Resorts.

Having kickstarted on 5 December 2023, Magnetic Music presents a host of handpicked artists from around the world. Some of the artistes are playing for the first time in India. Essence of Duality, Los Rolling Ruanas and Blue Grass Journeymen are a few among the lot. The nine bands lined up present a traverse of boundaries between Folk, Fusion, Carnatic, Jazz, Bebop, Rock and Blues.


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Know the artistes

German band Essence of Duality, known to traverse the boundaries between jazz and Indian music, performed on the opening day. The following day saw Colombian band Los Rolling Ruanas– popular for their cover of Rolling Stones’ Paint in Black– take over the stage.

Gerard Machado (Supplied)

Gerard Machado (Supplied)

The resident band at ZLB23, MoonArra World Fusion performed on Day 3. Gerard Machado Quarter performed their unique blend of Bebop Jazz, Rock and Blues styles on Day 4.

Saturday will see Sourav Ghosh Quartet featuring artistes Saurav, Suvankar, Diptangshu and Joshua play  modern contemporary jazz tunes as well popular songs from the past decades with a jazzy twist. And on Sunday, you can witness the magic created by Samatha Quartet as they perform a variety of genres including jazz, blues, Latin, soul and bossa nova.

The quartet draws inspiration from jazz greats such as Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Oscar Peterson, among others, with the hope of assisting the next generation of jazz performers to find their unique voice and raise the bar for themselves.

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The week ahead

Next week, there are performances by Blue Grass Journeymen, a collective of accomplished musicians aimed at presenting traditional American bluegrass music to the world. While bluegrass music is the focus, you can also expect country, old-time, jazz, swing, and plenty of other influences in our tunes.

MaMoGi (Supplied)

MaMoGi (Supplied)

Karthik Mani Group is another performance to look forward to. Karthik has worked extensively in the fields of Folk, Rock, Jazz, and Carnatic. He is the first Indian percussionist to win the ‘Independent World Music Award’ for World Fusion with ‘Lehera’

The closing night will see MaMoGi, a powerhouse band packed with progressive rock, electronic and jazz music, rock the stage. The band features prodigy bassist Mohini Dey, Gino Banks, and saxophonist Mark Hartsuch.

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Date: 5-15 December, 2023

Time: 8 pm onwards

Venue: ZLB23, A Kyoto Speakeasy, The Leela Palace, Old Airport Road, Bengaluru