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Dose of jazz to blow away post-Puja blues

If the post-Puja depression has got you downbeat, a dose of jazz is what you need to keep that uptempo swing going. The 9th International Jazz Fest presented by Congo Square and Dalhousie Institute in association with t2 promises eclectic sounds from Switzerland, Norway, Germany and the US to blow away the blues after the goddess has left.

Four-year-old jazz band pommelHorse is the opening act at 7pm on Day One (October 29). Expect a unique mix of art rock and jazz-accentuated music that swings from pop to industrial sounds from the Swiss quintet.

Next up is the Frederik Köster Quartet from Germany that was founded in 2003 and has three albums to its credit. The quartet is named after frontman Frederik Köster from Cologne, who is a jazz trumpeter. Popular for its storytelling style, the band has won a number of awards at festivals around the world.

After a day’s gap, Jazz Fest 2012 will continue on Wednesday at 7pm, with the Frřy Aagre Quartet from Norway. Aagre, a saxophonist, is an emerging star in the European scene known for creating atmospheric soundscapes in a lyrical Nordic jazz idiom.

The final act has an Indian connect. The Tarun Balani Collective is steered by the young Indian drummer Tarun Balani and comprises his friends from the US and Israel, all students of the prestigious Berklee College of Music. The band is known for mixing modern jazz with a broad sound palette.

“All the bands this time have been hand-picked by the various consulates and we are doing this year’s Jazz Fest in collaboration with the Jazz Utsav in Bombay, Delhi and Pune, so the bands are common,” explained Satyajit Roy Chowdhury, the founder president of Congo Square.

For tickets, walk into Dalhousie Institute between 11am and 6pm or log on to Tickets will also be available at the venue on both days of the fest.