MoonArra World Fusion

A beautiful tree looks in through the large window. The aroma of fresh coffee swirls in the air. The quaint bookshop cafe Champaca, tucked away in a corner of Edward Road, hosted its first full music concert- MoonArra featuring Madhuri Jagadeesh, Mythili Anantharaman, Joshua Lance and yours truly on Saturday. It was lovely to perform our songs and tunes and to tell stories to a packed and wonderful audience listening attentively . The weather was perfect, acoustics were superb. Run by a pleasant, efficient team there are many stories waiting to be told here.
Jazz in the city:
* Oct 5 - Visthar,* Nov 2 - Champaca Cafe* Nov 14 - Hype, Shangri La, * Nov 23 - JusTruffs * Nov 28 - Hype - Shangri La

Media coverage in Deccan Herald MetroLife, The Hindu Metroplus, Bangalore Times and Indulge New Indian Express -  of our most recent MoonArra Electric Jazz Trio concert at Visthar on Oct 5 2019
Press articles in the Times of India (Bangalore Times) Sep 24, Deccan Herald Metro Life Sep 20 and The Hindu Metro Plus Sep 28 covering our Europe Tour 2018.

Jagadeesh & Madhuri along with Myhtili Anantharaman and Rohit P.S presented a musical and spoken narrative using Indian Classical based compositions and jazz improvisation that portrayed the environment of the outside and the inside.  The narrative switched between sweet dreams and bitter nightmares.  This was part of Maraa's (Media and Arts Collective)  10th Anniversary of their October Jam at Samsa amphitheatre.  Theme : From The Gut.

Musicians For Kodagu, Fund Raiser and Awareness Concert on Sep 14, Bangalore.

Musicians For Kodagu on Sep 14 featured 5 diverse acts- MoonArra, Esperanto Duet, Midnight Poppies, By 2 Blues, Anand Ramakrishna Trio in a 2 hour long concert to raise funds and awareness for Kodagu Relief.  Supported by Alliaqnce Francaise, Bangalore School of Music, The Vision of Sound. With a special introduction by Environment & Wildlife Activist Joseph Hoover.

MoonArra performed a special composition,  Song for Kodagu, a 15min presentation of spoken word, dramatic narration, sanskrit sloka, song and music.  Rohit P.S on drums, Joshua Lance on bass, Jagadeesh on guitar & Geetha Navale on Veena added beautifully to the sombre, dark mood of the presentation that captured the true picture of the disaster in Kodagu, the destruction of theenvironment and our planet.

PR and Snapshots of our performance at Phoenix market City on May 12-2018 featuring Yann Phayphet and on Jul 1-2018  featuring Norma Jean.
Vienna and Dublin diaries - MoonArra's tour of Vienna & Dublin - July 21-29, 2016. Click on image to zoom.
Trio Jazz at Murphy's Brewhouse, The Paul June 23 2016.

Jazz Fusion Performance snapshots at Take 5 on May 7, 2016

MoonArra performs at the National Gallery of Modern Art for the Inaugural of BSm's 14th East West Music & Dance Encounters on Feb 13th 2016 and a trio performance at Kynkyny Art Gallery showcasing Krishnappa's Retrospective of Traditional Indian Musicians on Mar 22, 2016 (on the right)

Rotary fund raiser at ITC Gardenia Dec 17 with percussionist Muthu Kumar. Click on image to view

Snapshots of our performance from Blue Frog and BFlat - July-Aug 2015.

MoonArra at Times Litfest, Jayamahal Palace Hotel, Bangalore, Jan 2015

Performance at the Embassy of Peru celebrations at Taj West End 2014. 

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Performing at Hard Rock Cafe Hyderabad for the International Jazz Day 2015

MoonArra performed back-to-back 3 events in Goa in Nov along with drummer Carlos Gonsalves - at the International Jazz Fest pre-event curated by Art Escape at Baywatch Resort, South Goa on Nov 9 2013 and on Nov 8 at Tara Verde and on Nov 10 at Alila Hotel.

Pure acoustic sound at Blue Frog May 19, 2016
Jazz Thursdays at Hype, Shangri La
Dear Jagadeesh Ramanujam,

Attached please find a message from International Jazz Day Co-Chair Herbie Hancock regarding the 2019 celebration. It is indeed an honor to have your partnership and participation in this global movement, and we look forward to working with you on the upcoming edition.

Best regards,

Outreach Team
Fingerstyle guitar workshop at Furtados, Koramangala on Oct 11 - sharing my experience with talented present and future guitarists.
 Fete De La Musique 2019- MoonArra's performance, a Confluence of Music and languages: French poetry, Carnatic Classical withTamil lyrics, Hindustani Classical, English Lyrics with Jazz and World nuances - Coming together of fantastic, dedicated and committed musicians, truly an enjoyable World Music Day! Thank you Prakash Sontakke II Chaitra Sontakke Mythili Anantharaman Sankarshan Kini Rahul Chidambaran Nataraj NiteshVandana Celestine
An absorbing, energetic, musically diverse International Jazz Day 2019 on Apr 27 at the Bangalore School of Music performed to a packed audience who stayed till the end! Thanks to the community of jazz artists who made #JAZZDAY 2019 a huge success!  PR Clips below!
MoonArra Electric Jazz
Performed exclusive concerts on Mar 11 & 12 for Montblanc. Courtesy: IKIGAI Events
A heady night of jazz, fusion, latin, classics at Blue Frog on Aug 5-2018, with guest musicians joining us on stage.
A treat at Jus'Truffs, chocolate factory at Jakkur, Bangalore - an intimate space for a great performance on Aug 4.
On July 13-2018, at Double O heaven, a new space still in the process of building an audience.
An experimental lineup for Fete De La Musique on July 1 with Double Bass, Cahon, Percussion, Vocals and guitar
Conducting a Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop  at Kadence Musical Instrument Store in Kormangala Bangalore on June 20, 2018.

* MoonArra being featured along with others on Vasantham TV Singapore

* Jazz Quartet featuring American singer Coco Rouzier at Storyteller's Bar Pondycherry on Sep 30 and Oct 1 2017.

Above: IST Jazz Quartet featuring Arati rao, Raghuram Balasubramanyam and Ashwin Shekhar at BFlat on Sep 1 2017 and Below: Jazz Fusion performance with William D'Souza Goa at Take 5 Aug 18 2017, Sulaiman Jamal on harmonica. Photos by Devashish Bahl. Also performed with Whitefield Jazz Quartet at Blue Frog on Sep 8.
Duo performance at the StoryTellers Bar Pondycherry on Aug 12 2017.       
MoonArrra {Duo} — withJagadeesh Mudambi Ramanujam at The Storytellers' BarA few moments from World Fusion duo MoonArra's riveting performance at The Storytellers' Bar. It was a great night and the duo threw us a beautiful performance, as they flitted from Jazz to Flamenco to Carnatic to Soul.  Photos by Divya krishnamurti.

Fitting weather for the Blues at the Royal Orchid!! Moon Arra mesmerizing the crowd with such ease! #IndigoAndBlues #Blues #Jazz #RoyalOrchid

MoonArra was invited once again to perform for the 195th Peru Independence Day Celebrations at Shangrila Hotel, Bengaluru on Aug 6, 2016
Back at Take 5 with "Jazzing up The Beatles" on July 16, 2016
At Bflat Bar on July 8 - Photos courtesy - Harsha Shivakumar
Pics of MoonArra's performance at  Tippler-on-the-roof with Israeli jazz band Katamon Cherry (above) and at NGMA on the left.

MoonArra performs at Bengaluru Intl Airport Dec 2014. Click on image to view

'Jewel in The Lotus' concert at Metro Amphitheatre Indiranagar March 2015

'String n Clay' with Vid Sukanya Ramagopal on Ghatam.

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Framed at Take 5 Gallery

With "FOOD", Thomas Stronen   and Iian Ballamy and Prakash Sontakke at B Flat on Dec 20, part of Sontakke Global Music Festival. (Phtoto by Vamsi Krishna of Prometheus Imaging)

Performing at BizAV Awards for the International Aero Show at Taj Vivanta

Madhuri on vocals, Jagadeesh on guitar and Sulaiman Jamal on harmonica perform at an art auction fundraiser  curated by Vedhaa Art Gallery on Sat Jan 25 at the SBI Heritage House Auditorium for  Vidya, an organisation run by Rashmi Mishra and which runs schools for the under privileged.

MoonArra performs at 'Genesis Foundation' fundraiser for critically ill children at ITC Gardenia on Aug 22 2015 titled "CEO's sing for GF Kids'

MoonArra is inspired by Tarun Tahiliani's 'Seven Vows' collection of exquisite jewellery for Azva and performs its composition in 7, titled 'Upstream'. At The Taj West End Bangalore on Oct 19 2013.