So of all the things I expected to do in my first week in Mumbai, going to a Russian Jazz Concert to watch a blind pianist with a group of people I’d only met two days earlier was not one of them but I’m really glad I did.
On Thursday evening Mr R and I decided to join our first Internations event at a nice restaurant/bar in South Mumbai. It was a very relaxed informal evening and we met lots of nice people from all over the world. At the end of the evening we had exchanged numbers and didn’t feel quite so alone in Mumbai.
The following day my new Russian friend “N” messaged me to say she had got tickets for the Russian Jazz concert she had told me about and would we like to join her. Now both me and “The Mr” like Jazz but we have no experience what so ever of Russian Jazz so we really didn’t know what to expect but decided that the best way to get involved in the community was just to say YES.
So the following day we crawled through the Mumbai traffic and finally arrived at the concert hall. “N” and “O” met us at the door looking extremely glamorous and we joined their row in the theatre.
The famed Russian Jazz maestro Igor Butman performed with his quartet. The band featured visually challenged Oleg Akkuratov. Oleg was one of the most talented pianists I have ever heard and had a voice which carried across the whole theatre and got the audience engaged. The drummer was also incredibly talented and frequently burst into solo jam’s which were quite entertaining.
After the concert our big group of new friends decended upon “Pizza by the Bay” an art deco style pizza restaurant just a few streets away.