Top of the morning, pilgrims.
Yesterday was the start of this year’s Alchemy Festival at the South Bank Centre, celebrating many things Indian & UK inter-related. If there’s one gig this year so far for me that has been a “Wow-and this isn’t even jazz!!“ has got to be yesterday’s opening performance by the Raghu Dixit project. I shot the guys last year at Jazz Cafe, and once again, it was a treat and privilege seeing them in action on a bigger stage at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. I said back then that they are an outstanding band and not far off from winning a Grammy, and by how they near literally ripped open the rafters at QEH, they’re not far off. These guys are always a joy to shoot live. They have a raw energy about them that comes out from their singing and instruments that just channel positive vibes through their music, and by God, some more established ‘acts’ could take a cue from how humble these boys are! It was an awesome gig (well, most of what I could watch, unfortunately!), and if the Queen herself were there, she’d be shaking her Royal derrière!:
Raghu Dixit on guitars:
Gaurav Vaz on Bass:
Vijay Joseph on electric guitar:
Chandru Jois on Violin:
I have to make my apologies for not being able to get any shots of the drummer, which is a damn shame, considering the beats he was churning out. Sorry, dude. I also missed Gauri Sharma Tripathi’s performance with the guys due to another engagement. Heard that was amazing!
One other additional thing I must add is this: the band’s music was so uplifting and influenced by the folk sounds and poetry of Bangalore, I swear I could have turned Bangalorean first, then Indian.
Food for Thought & the Soul: ‘You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You.’-Isaiah 26:3
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