Gypsy Jazz Live with The Big Other

Gypsy Jazz Live with The Big Other

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October 6 | 7:45PM

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About the Event

‘Latcho Drom: A Journey through Gypsy Jazz’ is an exploration of the soundscape that accompanied the centuries-long journey of the Romani folk from Rajasthan and Sindh to the cafes in Paris. Alongside gypsy jazz classics like the music of Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, Tchavolo and Dorado Schmitt and traditional Romani tunes, the two-hour long concert will include various encounters that Romani music has had with ‘modernity’ – from Bartok’s Romanian Dances and Brahms’ Hungarian Dances to songs composed by the lăutari in Romania describing the overthrow of Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989.


Conversely, they shall also be presenting canonical music, interpreted through the lens of ‘gypsy’ traditions. As mentioned earlier, Gypsy Jazz has an intricate connection with the arcades of Paris, where it first flourished under the name Jazz Manouche – as did the music of luminaries such as Erik Satie, Camille Saint-Saëns and Maurice Ravel. Their music was instrumental in shaping both the ‘cafe culture’ of Paris and the electronic ambient music that is popular today. The traditional music of the Romani folk was influenced by contemporary trends in classical music, resulting in a form of jazz never heard before, and their aim is to ‘gypsify’ classical music, in much the same way.


Join The Big Other for an evening of acoustic dance music in one of the coolest cafes in the city. Come and experience ‘La Pompe’ in the City of Joy like you’ve never heard before.

FAQ’s about the event:
What is gypsy jazz?
Gypsy Jazz is a form of instrumental hot jazz that was popularized by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in Paris in the 1930s and 40s. The form was born out of the marriage between traditional Romani music and jazz harmony.

How is it different from swing or bebop or smooth jazz?
Gypsy Jazz is a form of jazz specific to Europe, as opposed to the more traditional forms like Bebop, Modal or smooth jazz, all of which originated in the American subcontinent. What makes it different from other forms of music is that it’s got a more ‘folk’ temperament.

Who are The Big Other?
The Big Other is an acoustic dance music ensemble based out of Kolkata, specializing in playing Gypsy Jazz, classical and folk music using an eclectic collection of instruments like the clarinet, mandolin, ukulele, etc.

How is gypsy jazz relevant to the current global scene?
Romani folk music, and eventually gypsy jazz is the music of a peoples without a country or a national identity. The Romani peoples of the world are still persecuted as criminals, thieves, con-men, and the like. Music is one of the few ways in which they can establish an identity for themselves, especially a cultural one.

How is gypsy jazz relevant to India?
The music of the Romani folk can be traced back to the Banjaras – wandering and nomadic tribes of Rajasthan and also to the lower caste people of Sindh. Their community is largely excluded from the machinations of the Indian nation and the subcontinent, but a few centuries earlier, once they exited the subcontinent and moved westward, they developed a unique cultural identity largely represented by their indigenous music.

What instruments do The Big Other play?
Guitar, violin, cello, double bass, ukulele, clarinet, harmonica, mandolin and trumpet.

How long has the band been in the scene?
The Big Other was formed in 2013 and have been playing regularly since 2016.

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The Big Other is an acoustic dance music ensemble based out of Kolkata, specializing in playing Gypsy Jazz, classical and folk music using an eclectic collection of instruments ranging from the Ukelele, Trumpet, Clarinet to some surprisingly indigenous instruments.

Gypsy Jazz is a form of instrumental hot jazz that was popularized by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in Paris in the 1930s and 40s. The form was born out of the marriage between traditional Romani music and jazz harmony.
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Ground Floor, 230/B, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Rd, Minto Park, Bhowanipore, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020

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