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The crescendo will rise, as the sun sets, at the Monte

31 Jan 2019 04:58am IST
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31 Jan 2019 04:58am IST
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The annual Monte Music Festival will take place from February 1 to 3, 2019 at sunset with performances being held inside the old heritage chapel of Our Lady of Monte and its courtyard at Old Goa. Café tunes in to the line up the festival has in store for its patronsMuscat

Culture, bond and reciprocity are the primary goals of every event in Goa and it is true that no event is complete without music. The Monte Music Festival, presented by Fundação Oriente and in its 17th edition, kindles cohesion in a unique blend of international, national and local music played by spectacular artistes in the field of music.

The Monte Music Festival has carved a niche of its own among all cultural events held in the state.

The inception of the Monte Music Festival dates back to 2002, when the Chapel of Our Lady of Monte, Old Goa was restored by Fundação Oriente. Since the first edition, the festival has perpetually gathered attention and interest from Western and Eastern music as well as dance enthusiasts.

The prime objective behind organising and celebrating this music festival is to orchestrate the strings of music and involve distinctive societies together on one stage. “It is not about the genre of music, it is the interaction that takes place… everyone comes to hear and see everything and not one particular thing,” claims Maria Inês Figueira, Director of Fundação Oriente, one of the organisers of the festival.

Over the years, people from all over the world have come to attend the unique music festival and this year it is going to be a wholesome experience.

Some of the musicians performing at Monte Music Festival this year include:

‘Jheeni’ by Beej

Beej means seed, the source of creativity. An interdisciplinary rooted in grammar and Indian classical, Beej has entertained audiences with cultural insights of traditional knowledge through Jheeni – a sonic and spatial weave of poems of Kabir Janabai, Ambigara, Chowkamela, Tukaram, and Aurndathi Subramanium. With the metaphors of the cloth, the body and the boat, the piece navigates the rich tapestry of Bhakti poems. Beej has three wings: the beej garage, the beej school of kathak and the beej dance company; exploring process, pedagogy and performance respectively, beej has hosted several workshops, lecture demonstrations and performances.

Nathalie Ramirez

Nathalie Ramirez, a professional flautist, obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Veracruz, Mexi¬co. In the early years of her career, she began studying the subject in Mexico with musicians such as Hollving Argaez, Paul Livingstone, Abhjit Banerjee and Pandit Shubhendra Rao. She has performed on both bamboo (bansuri) and traverse flute in numerous concerts and festivals in Mexico, the United States and India, interpreting different genres such as Classical Western, Latin American, Jazz, Fusion and Hindustani music, both as a soloist and in ensem¬bles and orchestras.

Carlos Meneses

Carlos originally learnt the Violin and was a regular member of the Goa Symphony Orchestra, and later played the guitar and keyboards. He has been a part of the group Fado in the City and the ongoing project Fado de Goa. Carlos will be performing along with Sonia Shirsat, Sherwyn Correia, Dr Allan Abreu and Orlando De Noronha.

Sonia Shirsat

Sonia Shirsat has been singing professionally for the last 16 years. Rated as the best Fadista (fado singer) in India of all time, she has performed all over India and overseas in Lux¬embourg, Macau, Kuwait, France, Portugal, Singapore, Hawaii, Nepal, Canada, USA, UK, Israel, Dubai, Bahrain,

The crescendo will rise, as the sun sets, at the Monte

The annual Monte Music Festival will take place from February 1 to 3, 2019 at sunset with performances being held inside the old heritage chapel of Our Lady of Monte and its courtyard at Old Goa. Café tunes in to the line up the festival has in store for its patronsMuscat, Brussels and South Korea, and has sung in 14 languages. Recipient of the National Award, Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar in 2016 by Sangeet Natak Akademi, Sonia now takes Fado to the next generation through the ongoing project ‘Fado de Goa’. She will be vocalizing on the third day of the event.

Carolina

Carolina was born in Germany but grew up in north of Portugal. This is where she discovered Fado. Carolina’s performances capti¬vate the listener, bringing the audience to their feet as her clear, deep voice makes the words she sings come alive. Carolina has released two albums – ‘Carolina’ (2014) recorded with Antonio Zambujo and producer Ricardo Cruz; and ‘en-Cantado’ (2017) produced by Diogo Clemente.

Eshvita Annie Menezes

Annie is one of a select few Indians to hold the diplo¬ma of the Fellow of the Trinity College London (FTCL). She has travelled extensively playing with orchestras such as National Youth Orches¬tra of Canada, Sri Lanka Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of India and Bombay Chamber Orchestra. Annie has also been concert master of the Goa String Orchestra and is a mainstay of Con Brio festival, held at the NCPA, Mumbai, as a chamber musician and soloist. She was one of a select few musicians invited as a soloist to perform for the reopening of the Royal Opera House in Mumbai.

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