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All That Jazz
23 October 2010-Saturday
-The Cheeguz

The nation's capital is about to go all-that-jazz; it's about time Kathmanduites gear up for the upcoming 8th Surya Nepal Jazzmandu 2010. Hailed as the biggest jazz party in the Himalayas, the music gala kicks off from October 29 onwards.

Organized by Upstairs Ideas Pvt. Ltd., the festival in for has been the pivotal force behind promoting jazz music and bringing world-class musicians to audiences in Nepal. The eighth edition features six foreign bands and several local groups, according to the organizers. "All the performing foreign bands are new to Jazzmandu and people here are in for a treat. The audience will be able to enjoy an assortment of world music," shares Navin Chettri, drummer and vocalist of Cadenza Collective and one of the founders of the festival.

Ari Hoeing, Alukomarai, Saksri Pang Vongdharadon Quintet, Adrian D Souza Quartet, simakDialog are some of the key acts scheduled to jam during the six-day event.

With the Tourism Year 2011 fast approaching, the importance of such events in tourism promotion can't be denied. "We're all about music and spreading peace, compassion and comradery through it," said Chhedup Bomzan of The Upstairs Jazz Bar.

The festival aims to promote creativity, encourage the sharing of international sounds and ideas, and nurture the talents of Nepali musicians.

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