| 16 Jun 2024
Goa Jazz Festival peeks into the future of new age jazz

MUMBAI: On 26 and 27 November, Goa will once again celebrate the genre that entered the Indian sub-continent around a century ago – jazz. The fourth edition of the Goa International Jazz Live Festival (GIJLF) will feature eight acts representing the ‘new age’ or modernised version of jazz from across the globe. Presented by jazz’s ambitious torch bearers in the country, Jazz India Circuit, the musicians performing at the Goa’s Stone Water Eco Resort this year, represent an exclusive and refreshing model of jazz that has incorporated influences from pop, alternative rock, R&B and minimalistic sounds to further enhance the genre’s successful evolution in sync with the moving times.

Jazz, as loyalists and experts would agree, is best experienced live. And what better way to describe these eight acts than videos proving the musicians at their ‘live’ bests. The six international acts will perform on 26 and 27 November in Goa, however, these acts would begin their India tour with Delhi further performing at different cities before heading to Goa.

Check out the videos of the acts performing live below, and head to to book the tickets for the upcoming edition.


The duo from Zurich, Switzerland will make a pit-stop on their debut India tour that begins in Delhi, three days before the performance at the Jazz Festival in Goa. With a sound that becomes increasingly difficult to put inside a particular bracket, Hely’s music is new age jazz with hypnotic vibrations turned up a notch.

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Gael Horellou Identite

With an exciting balance between organs, saxophone and percussions, Gael Horellou Identitie possesses an old-school instrumental line-up harbouring modern sounds. The six-piece line-up’s camaraderie on the stage is a treat too, with members hailing from Reunion, France and other regions.

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Yuichiro Tokuda's Ralyzzdig

Local magazines consider them as the future of where the jazz music would sound like in a couple of decades, and the Japanese project Yuichiro Tokuda's Ralyzzdig deserve every accolade that acknowledges the band’s ‘ahead of its time’ efforts.

Tam De Villiers Quartet

With typical jazz music at its base, the Tam De Villiers Quartet throughout its last album titled ‘Panacea’, sonically progressed into groovier and heavier patches before dropping down to the initial tones. What’s exciting about Tam De Villiers Quartet is how the act has consciously not defined its sound allowing it to explore territories and related genres without losing the ‘jazz’ essence.

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WorldService Project

From UK, the five-piece Experimental jazz act ‘WorldService Project’ has performed at some of the most exciting jazz festivals, and the band will perform in Delhi and Pune before its performance at Goa’s festival on 27 November.

Malika Tirolien

There are several videos out there featuring arguably the most popular name from the line-up gracing the latest edition of the GIJLF – Malika Tirolien. However, this collaboration involving Snarky Puppy exactly defines Malika Tirolein’s versatility as R&B/Soul singer who effortlessly teams up with jazz instrumentalists to provide an unparalleled combination that represents new age jazz.

Afro-American Jazz vocalist Malika Tirolien will begin her India tour in Delhi on 23 November, with following performances in Pune and Bengaluru on consecutive days. She will conclude the India tour with a performance in Kolkata on 27 November.

With Kunal Netrapal on drums, Anton Serrats on bass and Ranjit Arapurakal on keys/vocals, the DMZ Jazz Trio would be one of the two Indian acts to foster the love for jazz at the festival. Steve Sequeira’s Ensemble featuring Christine Sequeira becomes the second act that will perform at GIJLF 2016.

Jazz India Circuit and Gatecrash’s efforts to promote the genre of jazz to a larger audience with grander concepts like Jazz Yatra and music festivals in metropolitan cities have extended to a weekly/monthly effort through partnerships (similar to The Piano Man Jazz Club in Delhi) with venues across tier 1 and tier 2 cities. The Goa International Jazz Live Music Festival craved for ‘improvisations’ to its featuring artistes, and the latest edition, to say the least, is most experimental, new-age and futuristic (in its sound) among all its editions.