Bands from several parts of Meghalaya and Assam were auditioned live in Shillong last October as part of the Brahmaputra Raga Jazz initiative taken by the Mumbai-based Banyan Tree Events with the support of Tata Trusts.
Empirical Tribe and Blueprint Dives from Shillong and Assam’s The Pirates and Jambili emerged as the top four contestants. The bands were then shortlisted for the Brahmaputra Raga Jazz Concert in Delhi to be held sometime in March this year. But before they set sail for the concert, all the bands are going to record two originals, fused with Indian classical.
The recordings have begun at Lucid Recess Studios in Guwahati under the guidance of Kit Shangpliang from Summersalt. ‘Recording with The Pirates went well. I hear the sound of something fresh,’ says Kit. Each band is also being mentored by renowned slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya and Rudy Wallang from the band Soulmate.
Northeastern band, Traffic Jam based in Delhi has also been selected to play at the concert. They are recording their originals in Delhi. The concert will have each band showcase an amalgamation of Indian Ragas and authentic sounds from the Northeast.