Octogenarian Jazz legend from Goa gets celebrated in home state Many of Goa's best musicians have been neglected for decades. But in mid-June 2019, a citizens' initiative from Goa paid tribute to a prominent Goan Jazz saxophonist -- Braz Gonsalves -- an octogenarian who is said to have started his journey playing the sax in a circus.
Film-maker Nalini Elvino de Sousa (firstname.lastname@example.org), and a team of supporters, have announced plans in Goa to make Gonsalves the theme of a musical in mid-June and later the subject of a documentary film scheduled to be ready sometime after the monsoons.
According to the Wikipedia: "In 1979, along with Goan saxophonist BrazGonsalves, Louis Banks [the Gorkha-descent musician considered to be the godfather of Indian jazz] formed the Indo-Jazz Ensemble, composing music on Indian classical scales and Jazz rhythms, incorporating Indian instruments like [the] ghatam and thavil".
In Goa, the 'Raga Rock' musical was staged on June 14, 2019 at the Kala Academy (Panjim) and the next day at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, starting on both days at 7 pm. This recording is from the Panjim event.
Maria Meireles (+91-9112729903), the artiste, singer and music conductor from Portugal, is musical director. Meireles and Jazz pianist Jason Quadros have recreated the scores for the musical. Sunshine Worldwide English teacher Sandeep Doifode is assisting Meireles with the direction.
Sixteen children of different backgrounds -- aged 12-17 and taking part ina musical for the first time -- will act, sing and dance. "The musical will tell Braz's story, starting from his childhood, when he started to play the violin, to his journey to Mumbai where he became TheBraz Gonsalves, to meeting the love of his life, and eventually the tragedy that changed his life and turned him to God," organisers said here.
Lotus Film and TV Production -- run by Sousa, herself an accomplished documentary producer, and team -- will narrate his journey and also include footage of his performances in Macau, Portugal and other parts of the globe.
The Coffee Cats (a young band in Goa that plays a wide range of music from smooth jazz to classic rock) performed 8 pm to 8.40 pm and BrazGonsalves and his friends from 8.40 to 9.30 pm. The show ended much later....