} Indo-Welsh Band KHAMIRA Enthralls The Audiences At The 19th Ulsan Jazz Festival!

After showcasing their talent at the Seoul Music Week last year, Indo-Welsh band KHAMIRA had been invited back to perform at the Ulsan Jazz Festival and the ACC World Music Festival in Gwangjun, South Korea. Held between 21st August 2018 and 25th August 2018, the concerts saw musicians from around the globe come together on a common platform. In recent years, these two festivals have established themselves in South Korea’s live music scene with their stellar line-ups and top-quality acts.

KHAMIRA is a collaborative the seven-member band which was primarily conceptualized by Indian musician Aditya Balani (guitar), who is also the Founder of the Global Music Institute (GMI) and Welch musician Tomos Willians (trumpet) who is also the founding member of the Welch band Burrum. The other members include Suhail Yusuf Khan (sarangi and vocals), Vishal Nagar (tabla) and Welsh musicians Dave Jones (piano), Aidan Thorne (bass) and Mark O’Connor (drums). The band also undertook a comprehensive tour of Wales, culminating with a sold-out performance at the internationally renowned Hay Festival; and has toured India extensively.

Speaking about this, Global Music Institute Jazz Musician, KHAMIRA Band Member and Founder Aditya Balani, said, “Owing to the efforts of various performers, jazz in its ever-vibrant form is growing again. A plethora of jazz festivals such as the ones in South Korea is held around the world every year, providing a global stage for artists. It was indeed a privilege to perform at these two internationally renowned events. The idea behind the band stemmed from creating a unique project that would seamlessly blend different sounds and integrate two disciplines of music. We hope to break more grounds in future and present music that is not only pleasant to the ears but also creative and innovative.”

KHAMIRA falls into this very lineage except for the addition of traditional Welsh folk & Indian music making it an unusual and exciting combination.

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