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BEMAC & BIJF present Kavita Shah

BEMAC & BIJF present Kavita Shah

BEMAC and Brisbane International Jazz Festival (BIJF) are co-presenting an evening of contemporary jazz that is undoubtedly one of the highlights on the 2017 festival calendar.

Performing live is vocalist and composer Kavita Shah, a native New Yorker of Indian descent, fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and French. Kavita is an international legend praised for her amazing dexterity of musical languages. She incorporates in-depth knowledge of diverse cultural traditions into her jazz-based repertoire, placing eclectic songs, instruments, and artists in dialogue with one another.

Raised in Manhattan, she studied classical piano from age 5 and performed regularly at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center from age 10 as a member of the Young People’s Chorus of NYC.

Hailed by Downbeat Magazine as the “Best Graduate Jazz Vocalist” (2012) and winner of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award (2013), Ms. Shah joined forces with guitar virtuoso Lionel Loueke to co-produce her debut album VISIONS (Inner Circle Music/Naïve Records), released in 2014 to great critical acclaim.

Combining the traditional sounds of the Indian tabla and West African kora with a jazz quintet, VISIONS–which also features special guests Loueke (guitar/vocals), Steve Wilson (saxophone/flute), and Rogério Boccato (percussion)–was dubbed “daring and ambitious” (Jazzwise UK), a “sparkling debut” (Boston Globe), “stunning” (Aquarian Weekly), and Best Vocal & Debut Album of 2014 (Will Hermes, Rolling Stone). Shah’s second album, a program of standards in duet with bassist François Moutin – with special appearances by pianist Martial Solal and by NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan, Shah’s mentor – is due for release in 2017.

Tickets are $33 full price, $26 concession and $20 for students under the age of 25.


Event Snapshot

Dates: Saturday 3 June
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Tickets: $20 - $33
Address: 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
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