Berlin finds Carlton !! HKW WASSERMUSIK 2015

Richly driven by the musical diaspora  July 18th

Finding Carlton is honored to screen at this massive summer event in beautiful Berlin..and at an amazing event: Wassermusik 2015 

its an architecturally rich location..

The full program is quite amazing and reflects masterful and thoughtful curation.. “India is everywhere”  CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO LEARN MORE  CLICK ON IMAGE ABOVE
Telling the story of India through music and film is challenging ; it is a broad and disparate arc that spans centuries..resonance, dissonance, assimilation, emigration and transference…..and it always speaks to the cultural and social context.. music and film that speak to the past, present and future.

We are honored to be screened by HKW ..the Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Wassermusik respects history and the past and captures the vibrant present through its choices of music and film events !

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And there will be many stories that will be told, in music, in film and other forms.. For those interested in the story of Jazz in India.. there is a nuance that many do not know..its the story of the sound of Bollywood.. and its close links to Jazz.. and for those who know their jazz.. theres plenty of musical references to Jazz standards that will bring a smile when seen and heard in the context of a Bollywood film !

HKW sceenJazz aficionado and film maker Susheel Kurien talks about the path of jazz to India

Here is the trailer for the music events !

THE QUIZ – More Jazz and Bollywood

The story of Finding Carlton – Uncovering the Story of JAzz in India – illuminates the linkage between jazz and Bollywood.. of course Bollywood borrowed freely from other Western sources, and continues to do so even today – We love it..Jazz is alive … well , in Bollywood

We came across a terrific blogsite that works diligently to “keep the music honest” and details hundreds of “straight lifts and inspired by’s” that show up in India’s vast trove of commercial films, and even a few “super hit” commercials..and we respect Karthik for his diligence and hard work, in a world where nobody seems to care much about respecting source material anymore.

So we thought that the readers of this blog would be upto identifying some of the obvious Jazz Lifts !! take the Blue Rhythm Quiz , listen to these clips , and share your answers on the blog by clicking Leave a Comment,..FIRST THREE TO RESPOND ALL CORRECT – A FINDING CARLTON FILM POSTER

The Saxophone Colossus – A tribute

Two versions, from two rival composers just in case you didnt think you heard what you thought you heard

We have a funny feeling that Satchmo might have liked this, (but where’s the Swing ?!!)

Rosemary Clooney’s lyrics were cross cultural to start with ..

Cab Calloway kept alive in Bollywood- The  chorus is brilliant !! Idli Do, Idli Do !

Inspired by Sidney Bechet  !

Check out the the I Two FF’s blog site

Manohari Singh _ R.I. P

Thanks to Stanley Pinto …who alerted us that Manohari Singh, master of the Saxophone and one the sweetest sax tones in India, passed away a few days ago,. Unfortunately we did not have the opportunity to meet with him…

Here is an interview with Manohari Singhi with Ashwin Panemangelore, reproduced with thanks to Ashwin

You can hear his sax on many recordings and in the clips below

Includes a quote from Take Five ?!!

and also on Jazzmine..Shanker-Jaikishan’s fusion essay

The Man Behind the Curtain

In the trailer we glimpsed the dynamic drumming of a man behind the curtain.. from the 1966 Bollywood superhit “Teesri Manzil” (thanks to Nasir Hussain Films Pvt Ltd)..Who was this man ? What is the significance  ? Learn more about this  by clicking the image below !

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For more on Leslie Godinho see the post

More Leslie Godinho drum magic

Ashwin and Sarita Panemangalore suggest this clip from Teesri Manzil as a great example of Leslie Godinho influence on Bollywood.  His drum solo is the right at the beginning.  Also check out the  nice tone of Manohari Singh’s sax at 3:09 , right after Helen in Flamenco mode !…  Was it the opening sequence that suggested the title for Greg Booth’s recent book, Behind the Curtain ? Click the link to see some video clips by Greg and Sunil Shanbag.

Ashwin says: ”  Chic Chocolate, the Gomes brothers, George Fernandes. the Monseratte brothers, the Lord family, Goody, Manohari, Sebastian and scores of violinists whose unmatched sounds continue to be heard fifty years later in households and concert halls where old hindi film music is still revered.Sadly, few know who created that magic”

Thanks Ashwin and Sarita.

Tijuana Brass meets Bollywood

We can’t tell the story of jazz in India without recognizing its influence and contribution on Bollywood music..While we research and identify appropriate examples, here is a fun one that goes from Leslie Godinho’s drum solo opening , to 12 bars of horns playing a very traditional early jazz arrangement, to surf guitar (!) that interlaces with the vocal, and then at 1.47 – enter the Tijuana Brass (!) , at 3.10 the horns call and response with the vocal, at 3.50 the Tijuana Brass wander in (yet) again, followed by some Don Sebesky strings (!) at 4.15. Did you catch the flash cut at 0.57 ? That’s Leslie Godinho, the jazz drummer whose drumming and attack drive the whole tune. We are fortunate to have obtained a filmed interview with Leslie.

Click here for the You Tube link :  Jaan Pehchaan Ho

Says Ashwin Panemangalore:  “Shankar Jaikishan with Sebastian arrangements of course.  Completely irreverent stuff and all fun ! So much brass !”