to Sat, Oct 4
KALPANA RAO JAZZ QUARTET! Featuring:
KALPANA RAO(Switzerland) - Vocals | AMAN MAHAJAN - Piano | PRAKASH K.N - Bass| JEORAJ GEORGE - Drums
LATE NIGHT DJ SET BY UNNAYANAA (a.k.a Prashanth Pallemoni) - AFRO JAZZ/ FUNK/ BROKEN BEAT
Kalpana Rao is a professional Jazz singer and vocal coach for Jazz, Pop & Rock. Born in Germany and raised in India, she lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland, which has been her home for the past 28 years. Born the first of three singer sisters (sibling of Pop Diva Suneeta Rao and Arati Rao) and having sung since she was 4 years old, Kalpana holds her listeners captive with her sensual tonality and multi-faceted voice; the roots of which are in her Indian upbringing and music. Her unmistakable touch is a reflection of a striving to blend cultures in a natural and subtle manner without losing their purity or beauty, and yet infusing it with her own personality. http://www.kalpanarao.ch/
The evening will feature Kalpana and Bangalore's own Jazz-elite Aman Mahajan (piano), Prakash K.N (bass) and Jeoraj George (drums). The Quartet will perform popular jazz standards and contemporary tunes as well as a few surprise arrangements of surprise tunes! Mark your calendars- save the date- you don't want to miss this marvelous jazz ensemble!
Although Kalpana completed her education in India with a Dental Degree from Mumbai, she moved to Switzerland and switched careers; seriously taking up her passion for music, by initially performing all over Switzerland, Germany and Austria with professional Pop & Rock bands, before finding her true calling in jazz.
She then proceeded to do intensive studies in all genres of music, including three years at the Zurich University of the Arts (Dept of Jazz & Popular music), from where she received a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Music Pedagogy. She is currently attached to two youth music schools in Zurich where she teaches Jazz, Pop & Rock vocals.
Having been a singer for over 20 years, she has played countless live concerts with the Jazz-elite of Switzerland, and on her visits to India, has performed with many of India's Jazz-elite -including Louiz Banks, Braz Gonzalves, Amit Heri and Adrian D’Souza, to name a few.