It was a real privilege to perform with this project for the second time – in the beautiful Thiruvananthapuram – capital of Kerala, India. The setting was the opening of the  17th International Film Festival  Of Kerala.  It is a wonderful challenge to perform the continuous score to this early Hitchcock classic, which was made when the director was 28 (and averaging 3 films a year at the time!). Thanks again to Soweto Kinch (alto sax/composer), Karl Rasheed-Abel (bass) , Shaney Forbes (drums), Jay Phelps (trumpet), Richard Henry (trombone) , and Paul Booth (tenor sax/clarinet/flute), Peter Conway (tour management) and Paula Van Hagen (BFI) for such committed and brilliant work.

On the previous day we took part in a press conference in the Museum Bandstand, after Soweto performed with an eminent master musician – Nadaswara maestro Sashikumar.

On the day of the performance, after an initial 7am line-check (!) , there were adjustments to aid performing the music to this film,  now running at the faster 24fps on a classic 35mm projector (see below). The evening was then begun by 90 mins+ of speeches (!) to open this amazing festival. An amazing vibe – over 6000 in the audience, and an amazing media presence – in the Nishagandhi Arena. I think there must have been 20 photographers around the piano throughout the whole film! (one review below has a resultant photo – thanks to the Hindi newspaper!). Truly wonderful to play and be in the presence of such a passionate , and knowledgeable film crowd.

Thanks also to the amazing hospitality from all of the IFFK 2012 organisers – the legendary Devan , and the brilliant director T.K. Rajeev Kumar, and his amazing  family (that boy is going to be a star chef!)…

Check out these previews, interviews, and reviews. If anyone finds anymore from this show – send us a link!!!

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/iffk-lays-out-a-rich-spread/article4177488.ece

(thanks for the photo guys!!)

http://beautifulcinema.wordpress.com/tag/kerala/

http://iffk17.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/the-jazz-singer-plays-at-museum.html

http://indiannerve.com/iffk-to-open-with-hitchcocks-the-ring-will-also-premiere-deepa-mehtas-midnights-children-1072/

http://www.yentha.com/news/view/news/iffk-2012-an-exhilarating-opening

http://week.manoramaonline.com/cgi-bin/MMOnline.dll/portal/ep/theWeekContent.do?programId=10350682&contentId=12988016&tabId=13

http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/metroplus/all-that-jazz/article4167163.ece

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