USIA - KENNEDY CENTER JAZZ AMBASSADORS TOUR OVERSEAS






Matthew Lewis

(Washington, D.C.)

Brief descriptions of
tour stops in India:

Calcutta
Mumbai
New Delhi


September 22-26    CALCUTTA

ACCOMPLISHED AMBASSADORS IN THE TRUEST SENSE OF THE TERM, THE DUO PROVED TO CALCUTTA AUDIENCES THAT AMERICA STILL PRODUCES YOUNG, DISTINCTIVE AND CREATIVE TALENTS WHO ARE LIKEWISE THOROUGHLY PROFESSIONAL. FOR CALCUTTA JAZZ LOVERS, WHO NEVER GET ENOUGH OF QUALITY LIVE JAZZ, THE DUO'S PERFORMANCE AND WORKSHOP PROVIDED INSIGHTS INTO A WIDE VARIETY OF JAZZ STYLES, TECHNIQUES AND INFLUENCES. APPROXIMATELY 10 MILLION LISTENERS HEARD THE DUO'S 20-MINUTE INTERVIEW/RECITAL OVER TIMES FM RADIO. THE MUSICIANS VISITED THE CALCUTTA SCHOOL OF MUSIC, MET WITH FACULTY AND PRESENTED BOOKS AND TAPES TO THE SCHOOL LIBRARY.

September 26-30    NEW DELHI
MATTHEW LEWIS AND DAN ZEMELMAN GAVE PERFORMANCES IN MUSSOURIE AND NEW DELHI. THE TALENTED AND PROFESSIONAL AMERICAN ARTISTS PROVED TO BE OUTSTANDING CULTURAL AMBASSADORS WHO ENDEARED THEMSELVES THROUGH THEIR SENSITIVITY AND ENTHUSIASM. AT ONE POINT, AN INDIAN JAZZ BAND WAS INVITED TO SHARE THE STAGE WITH THE DUO, THUS HIGHLIGHTING COMMON BONDS BETWEEN THE TWO CULTURES. THE DUO VERY QUICKLY ESTABLISHED WARM RAPPORT WITH THEIR AUDIENCES AND ENJOYED INTERACTING WITH MUSICIANS AND MUSIC LOVERS. THEY DISPLAYED GREAT SENSITIVITY AND TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT A DIFFERENT CULTURE. BEING YOUNG AND INNOVATIVE THEY SUCCEEDED IN ATTRACTING ATTENTION AND WARM APPRECIATION FROM THEIR AUDIENCES.

September 30 - October 13    MUMBAI
JAZZ AMBASSADORS MATT LEWIS AND DAN ZEMELMAN GAVE ONE PERFORMANCE AT GOA'S PRESTIGIOUS KALA ACADEMY AND THREE IN MUMBAI, ONE AT "NOT JUST JAZZ BY THE BAY," THE CITY'S LEADING MEETING POINT FOR LOVERS OF WESTERN MUSIC, AND TWO AT THE OBEROI HOTEL ENTHRALLING OVER 500 JAZZ LOVERS IN BOTH CITIES. PERFORMANCES PRESENTED SOME OUTSTANDING JAZZ TO THE MUSIC-LOVING GOANS AND JAZZ BUFFS OF MUMBAI. IN SPITE OF THE FOUR-DAY LONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND UNSEASONABLE HEAVY DOWNPOURS BOTH IN GOA AND IN MUMBAI, JAZZ AFICIONADOS TURNED OUT IN LARGE NUMBERS AND CLAPPED AND TAPPED WITH THE MUSICIANS AND CLAMORED FOR MORE MUSIC. THROUGH THEIR EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES, THE DUO DEMONSTRATED AMERICAN YOUTH AT ITS EXUBERANT BEST AND PROVIDED A CAPTIVATING DEMONSTRATION OF THE AMERICAN MUSIC SCENE.


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