Monday, December 31, 2007

magic 8 balls to you!


it's that time of the year that i get all senti (and mental) so i thought i'd share with you a little story
about 4 years ago a young, shy boy used to drag his father along and come to opus at every little opportunity he got.
when everyone had left (which was all of 3 and a half people at the time) he would open up the lid of the piano and have a go.
word spread and people started staying back (those were the good old days when driving was not a bad word, and nights stretched elastically way beyond 11.30) to watch this boy wonder.
every night became a singalong (we had even printed songbooks), a jam, with more and more musicians and people coming in, singing and playing along.
every saturday night the 2 of us did a set (those were the days we couldn't afford fancy musicians and bands .... who am i trying to fool?? we still can't!) and he developed quite a following.
from opus he moved on to bigger, better and more voluptuous things.
to cut a long story short, mr. karan joseph, very soon became bangalore's most wanted keyboardist. he applied (and got in, obviously) to THE college music and leaves for berklee in a couple of days.
in what will probably be his last opus gig for a while (that's if he decides to come back ... i don't think he would, considering his affinity for blondes) we bid farewell to him tonight.
few tickets i think are still available (not at the same rates though .. 'u snooze u lose' kinda thingee)
For details call: 9845244610/ 9844030198
and here's wishing u a very special and magical 2008!!
few copies of the opus christmas CD are still available.
for pics of the 8 days of christmas go here

2008
9.00pm,4th jan: ABANDONFRIDAY: "karthik mani group"
a night of jazz , funk and lounge music

9.00pm,5th jan: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER with DJ Gladwin
put on your dancing shoes & get ready to party

Thursday Signature BOOZE & BRAINS (starts at 9pm sharp)
Hosted by Mark Rego & DJ Vinay, this a a popular quiz night where winners get all their booze free for the night. Rated by the BBC as indias best pub quiz... No entry charges.

1pm, every sunday afternoon we have the legendary SHYAM
with a buffet of khao suey, dosas and pastas, and some some bacardi mojitos and Kingfisher to add to the 'good times'.
and if u are an artist or a band that wants to be featured .. pls call shonali on 9845244610.
for updated jampot pics go here

14th jan: STORMY MONDAYS with Barracuda Blues
greg hamra: drums, dev: harp, vinod d'sa: guitar & vocals, raveen: vocals & keyboard, ninja: guitar
more about the band go here
a night thats already becoming very popular, a night that features a blues band live every monday night.

For Reservations Call 080-23442580.
go here for more details about OPUS ... and if u are on Orkut or Facebook there's an opus and a kroaknight community ...

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Friday, December 28, 2007

somewhere beyond the sea .. in an octopus' garden!!


We would sing and dance around
because we know we can't be found
I'd like to be under the sea
In an octopus' garden in the shade

We would be so happy you and me
No one there to tell us what to do
I'd like to be under the sea
In an octopus' garden with you.
new year's eve .. somewhere beyond the sea .. in an octopus' garden!!
call 98452 44610 / 98440 30198 for details











30th dec is also the last kroaknight of the year.
obviously, we're gonna make a song and dance about it!! be there!!
few copies of the opus christmas CD are still available.
for pics of the 8 days of christmas go here
2008
9.00pm, 4th jan: ABANDONFRIDAY: "karthik mani group"
a night of jazz , funk and lounge music
9.00pm, 5th jan: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER with DJ Gladwin
put on your dancing shoes & get ready to party
Thursday Signature BOOZE & BRAINS (starts at 9pm sharp)
Hosted by Mark Rego & DJ Vinay, this a a popular quiz night where winners get all their booze free for the night. Rated by the BBC as indias best pub quiz... No entry charges.

1pm, every sunday afternoon we have the legendary SHYAM .

it's a BYOI (bring your own instruments) afternoon .. with a buffet of khao suey, dosas and pastas, and some some bacardi mojitos and Kingfisher to add to the 'good times'.
.. and if u are an artist or a band that wants to be featured .. pls call shonali on 9845244610.
for updated jampot pics go here
greg hamra: drums, dev: harp, vinod d'sa: guitar & vocals, raveen: vocals & keyboard, ninja: guitar
more about the band go here
a night thats already becoming very popular, a night that features a blues band live every monday night.

For Reservations Call 080-23442580.
go here for more details about
OPUS ... and if u are on Orkut or Facebook there's an opus and a kroaknight community ...
this email was sent to you by OPUS. Please add opus@trumpit.com to your address book. This will ensure delivery into your Inbox (not your bulk or junk folders).
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Thursday, December 20, 2007

special edition of booze & brains



9.00pm: SPECIAL EDITION of MARK REGO's BOOZE & BRAINS with DJ vinay on the console
Cash prize to the top 3 winners, holiday package & lots of booze to give away. Rated by the BBC as indias best pub quiz...

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

krissmass kroaknight all stars


9.00pm: KRISSMASS KROAKNIGHT ALL STARS
Feat. Jacob Ninan, Mark Swaroop, Andy V, Venkat Subramaniam, Anoopa Ananad, Barry, Vivek Menzel, Stanley Pinto amongst a whole bunch of others

Monday, December 17, 2007

thoda gift wift wrap karke dena yaaar!!

17th – MONDAY (tonight)
8.30pm- “MEGHA”


Dr Suma Sudhindra with her carnatic ensemble along with Gerard Machado with his jazz ensemble together form "MEGHA"


Dr Suma Sudhindra Ensemble
Dr Suma Sudhindra: veena
Sri. B C Manjunath: mridangam
Praveen CM: tarantini vena
Divya Avinash: veena
S N Narayanamurthy: ghatam


FOLLOWED BY GERARD MACHADO NETWORK with PAUL SANTIAGO & RADHA THOMAS
Gerard Machado: guitar
K N Prakash: bass
Tilu: drums
Paul Santiago: guitar
Radha Thomas: vocals


18th - TUESDAY
9.00pm: BARRY THE BOSS
a dance night with bagful of mixes from tamil to hindi to funjabi to arabic!! and of course his new release "oye santa!"

19th- WEDNESDAY

9.00pm: KRISSMASS KROAKNIGHT ALL STARS
Feat. Jacob Ninan, Mark Swaroop, Anoopa Anand, Andy V, Venkat Subramaniam, Vivek Menzel, Stanley Pinto amongst a whole bunch of others



20th –THURSDAY
9.00pm: SPECIAL EDITION of MARK REGO's BOOZE & BRAINS with DJ vinay on the console
Cash prize to the top 3 winners (a total of 10K to be given out) , holiday package & lots of booze giveaways. Don't miss the season special...



For details call 080-23442580/ 9845244610/ 9844030198

Friday, December 14, 2007

he's made a list and checked it twice!!!

we're celebrating our 4th year of OPUSsing with the 2007 edition of the 8 days of christmas!! (to check out how long a way we've come go here to see pics of the previous 4 editions) ....
and while you are there, you can get a
sneak peek of the opus christmas card (CDs are available at opus) and if you've heard it already, and are really jobless, vote for your favorite.

























16th – SUNDAY AFTERNOON
2.00pm: THERMAL & A QUARTER followed by JAMPOT
with a live demo session by digidesign.com
bruce lee mani: electric & acoustic guitars & vocals
rajeev rajagopal: drums
rzhude: bass & acoustic guitars & vocals

17th – MONDAY
8.30pm-
“MEGHA”
Dr Suma Sudhindra with her carnatic ensemble along with Gerard Machado with his jazz ensemble together form "MEGHA"
Dr Suma Sudhindra Ensemble
Dr Suma Sudhindra: veena
Sri. B C Manjunath: mridangam
Praveen CM: tarantini vena
Divya Avinash: veena
S N Narayanamurthy: ghatam

FOLLOWED BY GERARD MACHADO NETWORK with PAUL SANTIAGO &
RADHA THOMAS
Gerard Machado: guitar
K N Prakash: bass
Tilu: drums
Paul Santiago: guitar
Radha Thomas: vocals


18th - TUESDAY
9.00pm: BARRY THE BOSS
a dance night with bagful of mixes from tamil to hindi to funjabi to arabic!! and of course his new release "oye santa!"

19th- WEDNESDAY
9.00pm: KRISSMASS KROAKNIGHT ALL STARS
Feat. Jacob Ninan, Mark Swaroop, Andy V, Venkat Subramaniam, Priya Mendens, Stanley Pinto amongst a whole bunch of others


20th –THURSDAY
9.00pm: SPECIAL EDITION of MARK REGO's BOOZE & BRAINS with DJ vinay on the console
Cash prize to the top 3 winners, holiday package & lots of booze to give away. Rated by the BBC as indias best pub quiz...


21st- FRIDAY
9.00pm: SUZIE Q with LICENCE TO FUNK (Mumbai)
Funk, R&B, a little bit of Pop, lots of groove and a whole lotta soul…..
Suzie-Q on vocals- {the striking voice behind chartbusters like Signal (Bhagam Bhag) and Paisa Paisa(Apna Sapna Money Money).}
Sanjay Divecha : guitar
Kenneth Rebello: bass
Beven Fonseca & Jarvis Menezes : keys
Adrian D'Souza : drums


22nd – SATURDAY
9.00pm: THE RAMAMANI GROUP….an evening of carnatic jazz
Ramamani: Vocals
T.A.S. Mani: Mridangam
Ranjit Barot: drums
Keith Peters: bass
Amit Heri: guitar
Karthik Mani: percussions

23rd - SUNDAY AFTERNOON
2.30pm: GLOBAL UNITY (Mumbai) followed by JAMPOT
Adrian D’souza: Drums
Sanjay Divecha: Guitar
Karl Peters: Bass

23rd - SUNDAY
9.00pm: HARD CO. Kroaknight


24th: MONDAY
X’mas eve bash 9.00pm with CARLTON & KARAN


25th: TUESDAY
9.00pm: Christmas Day:
RAJEEV RAJA AND FRIENDS

For details call 080-23442580/ 9845244610/ 9844030198

go here for more details about OPUS ... and if u are on Orkut or Facebook there's an opus and a kroaknight community ...
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PROFILES

Sunday Afternoon 16th Dec: THERMAL & A QUARTER followed by JAMPOT
TAAQ is Bruce Lee Mani (electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, and songwriting), Rajeev Rajagopal (drums, percussion) and Rzhude (bass, acoustic guitar, vocals).

Along with a demo for the Live Sound Pros. Anyone interested in knowing how it works. The Mixing board, known as "The Venue", is the latest in Digital Mixing Consoles and has found rave reviews all over the world. It's being used on all the top-of-the-line world tours (Tom Petty, John Mayer, Foo Fighters to name a few) and it’s the first of its kind to come into India. The main feature of the board is that it is integrated with the industry standard sound recording platform known as Pro Tools that enable live mixes that can be recorded and processed in real time.
More details at
www.digidesign.com.


Monday 17th Dec: “MEGHA” (8.30PM)
Followed by RADHA THOMAS at 9.45pm

Dr Suma Sudhindra with her carnatic ensemble along with Gerard Machado with his jazz ensemble together form "MEGHA" which means " THE CLOUDS"Megha has performed in many concerts across the country. their ensemble consists of-carnatic ensemble


Dr Suma Sudhindra Ensemble Dr Suma Sudhindra: veena Sri. B C Manjunath: mridangam Praveen CM: tarantini vena Divya Avinash: veena S N Narayanamurthy: ghatam

Dr SUMA SUDHlNDRA is one of the most acclaimed veena exponents of the country. Known for her melodic rendition on the veena one observes in her music the brilliant blend of traditional purity and artistic novelty. She is also known for her intelligent adherence to the classical tradition and innovative experimentation. With a proven track of success at home and abroad she can carry with her the common music lover and the connoisseurs into the merry world of melody with unattached composure.
Sri. B.C Manjunath is one of the most popular percussionists of Karnataka. His mastery over the mridangam, precision in rendering and elevating the music to heights of rhythmic sensation is surpassed and his name is synonymous with laya.
S. N. Narayanamurthy is a very well known ghatam player is accompanied all the leading artists of Karnataka.

GERARD MACHADO affectionately called Jerry by his large fan club is a talented and devoted guitar player. His control over the instrument and the ease with which he plays is truly breathtaking. Leading the jazz side of MEGHA his expertise as a musician, a guitarist and a group performer is a rare combination THE JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Gerard machado: guitar, k.n. prakash: bass, tilu: drums, paul Santiago: guitar

RADHA THOMAS
Senior VP at Explocity by day, RJ at Radio Indigo on weekends and jazz singer whenever the mood strikes, Radha Thomas has worked on words… spoken, written and sung… for some time now. While she lives in Bangalore now, she spent almost 20 years in NYC, the home of jazz where she sang with such greats at John Scofield, Michael Brecker, Ryo Kawasaki and others for many years.
“I love the sound of jazz. I love the feel of that back beat,” she says. “I actually wanted to be a jazz singer for as long as I can remember. And for many years that’s all I did… supporting myself with day jobs since jazz doesn’t pay at all! But alas, I love the finer things in life too much… so I kind of pushed singing to the background and focused on my other career. Happily, I’m now at a stage when I can balance it all.”
Radha Thomas performs with the Gerard Machado Network on Monday night at Opus and the menu of songs is pure jazz. “We’re doing a bunch of jazz standards that will warm anyone’s soul on a chilly December night,” says Thomas.

Tuesday 18th Dec: Barry
a dance night with bagful of mixes from tamil to hindi to funjabi to arabic!!
Bharat Krishna, or barry is your typical IIT graduated, bespectacled, techie. NOT!!! The man has a phenomenal knowledge of music and its intricacies. He has been known to merge Hindi, English, Arabic and tamil songs to create his own, unique mix that is breathtaking for its sheer simplicity and originality.


Wednesday 19th Dec: Kissmass Kroaknight all stars
Feat. Jacob ninan, mark swaroop, andy v, venkat subramaniam, priya mendens, Stanley pinto amongst a whole bunch of others


Thursday 20th Dec: BOOZE & BRAINS
Mark Rego! Known city wide as the most wanted MC, Mark Rego is that perfect entertainer. A great sense of humour, a youthful, mischievous energy and 2 earrings coupled with weirdly coloured hair. Who could not love the guy?This concept of his, Booze and Brains combines two of his (and indeed, most of the city’s) favourite activities – Drinking and showing off.If you know how many reindeer Santa has pulling his sledge or if you know what ‘Anno Domini’ means, then this is your night. I, for one, avoid it! ;-)

Friday 21st Dec: SUZIE Q with LICENCE TO FUNK (Mumbai)
Funk, R&B, a little bit of Pop, lots of groove and a whole lotta soul…..
suzie-q on vocals- {the striking voice behind chartbusters like Signal (Bhagam Bhag) and Paisa Paisa(Apna Sapna Money Money).}
sanjay divecha : guitar
kenneth rebello: bass
beven fonseca & jarvis menezes : keys
adrian d'Souza : drums


SUZIE Q
She is Suzie Q.
Why the Q?:
If you said Quite Extraordinary, you would be – quite right.

She is also quintessentially musical.
There are many questions and many answers behind the Q in Suzie Q.

Suzie, born Suzanne D’Mello (even the first cry with which she entered the world, we’re sure, was in perfect pitch!) started singing very early. By the time she was eight, she had already appeared in recitals and concerts all over Mumbai. She studied classical music under Mary Jones Fernandes, a brilliant pianist and teacher, who has been her inspiration al through. She didn’t just teach her the scales, she taught her how to put soul into every note. At her lessons with Mary Jones Fernandes, Suzie acquired a passion for singing that distinguishes her performances however wide and varied the canvas.

She sang her way through school and college, taking part in and generally winning various competitions.While in college she was also earning her degree in entertainment

Singing with all the top artistes and groups in the country. She was on stage at various events with all the leading singers, artistes and musicians of the city such as Sharon Prabhakar, Sunita Roa, Louiz Banks, Karl Peters, Mehnaz, Kunal Ganjjawala, Asif Ali Beg, Dominique and Clinton Cerejo. Suzie was part of top events from corporate events to launches, the Celebrate Bandra Festivals. Performances with A R Rehman, celebrating Lata Mangeskar’s 75th birthday …Suzie has been part of many of Mumbai’s most celebrated and memorable events.

Suzie has a list of advertising jingles to her credit. Hers is also the voice you hear in many Bollywood hits including the current “Paisa Paisa” from “Apna Sapna Money Money” and “Pyaar ka Signal” from "Bhagam Bhag” and “Pyaar Karke” from “ Pyaar ke side effects” Hers is also the endearing voice in Disney’s Cinderella and many other productions.
The A to Z to Suzie Q’s versatile achievements (which don’t stop at Q) is attached. All one can say that whatever the song, the show, the event, the celebration, the album, no other voice can say it with so much soul and style.

‘Licence to Funk’ is the band that performs with Suzie Q, a singer of immense talent and versatility. Formed in 2007, it brings together a huge pool of talent on a common platform of Funk, R&B and Acid Jazz.

The members are:
Adrian Dsouza : Drums
Widely known as one of the best Jazz drummers in India, Adrian is a master of the Swing and Groove set, setting a thumping back beat for the material.
Adrian also tours with Rosanne Vitro across the world, and Interplay, Global Unity and Madhav Chari among others, in India.
Kenneth Rebello : Bass
Kenny, as he is known, is a well known sound engineer and musician, touring with the likes of Pentagram (As Engineer), Mahesh Tinaikar, Shazneen Arethna and others (As Bassist).
Between these two, the band gets a rock solid rhythm section, that’s hard to beat.
Beven Fonseca and Jarvis: Electric Piano and production keyboards
The young guns of the band. Top sessions musicians, they also playing with Shefali Alvares, The Bass Mans band, Asif Ali Beg, Felix Flor and scores more.
Sanjay Divecha: Guitars
Sanjay has lived and worked in LA for many years as a top sessions and live musician.
Now back in India, he is a full time composer and sessions guitarist, and also heads his own band Global Unity. He brings a wealth of experience to this line-up.


Saturday 22nd Dec: THE RAMAMANI GROUP… AN EVENING OF CARNATIC JAZZ

Mr.T.A.S. Mani & Mrs. R.A. Ramamani- Kamataka College of percussion:T.A.S. Mani, a disciple of C.K. Ayyamani Iyer who had his training under Palakkad Subba Iyer along with Palakkad Mani Iyer, is a leading mridanga vidwan as well as a popular teacher. He is a staff artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan in Bangalore. He has a percussion ensemble of his own called Tala Tarangini which has been featured in many prestigious national and international percussion festivals. He and his wife Ramamani regularly participate in jazz festivals abroad along with Western jazz musicians. Mani is as well the founder-principal of the Karnataka College of Percussion. He teaches at the Bangalore University also. Mani has received many awards. The latest PAC award is in recognition of his contribution to the elevation of the status of percussive arts in the field of music. KCP has performed in Asia, Australia, Europe and America. Mrs. Ramamani is the vice-president of KCP and is vocalist of high standard and standing, performing artist, teacher and composer. She sings with spontaneity and mastery over rhythm and melody, and specialises in vocal improvisations, complex rhythmic patterns and konnakol, a type of percussion language. She is the first female artist to achieve distinction in singing a composition simultaneously set to two different rhythm cycles. She has boldly experimented with western forms of music and has written seven melodic and rhythmic experimental compositions. She is the first female Carnatic classical musician in India to sing with national and international jazz band. She is also a lecturer at Institute of Choreography Bangalore.

Keith Peters:Much sought after bassist by producers and music directors like AR Rehman, Keith Peters has featured in many jazz concerts in India.

Amit Heri:Guitar player Amit heri is Bangalore’s prolific jazz guitar player and has played withy Trilok Gurtu in major jazz festivals around the world.

Ranjit Barot:
Ranjit Barot has grown along side with music ever since he saw light.Born into a family steeped in Indian classical music and dance, melody and rhythm has always been an integral part of his life… His mother, the legendary exponent of Kathak, Sitara Devi, was instrumental in being the omnipresent force of aesthetic energy.

Karthik Mani


Sunday Afternoon 23rd Dec: GLOBAL UNITY
Adrian d’souza: drums, sanjay divecha: guitar, karl peters: bass…. came together in 2003 as GLOBAL UNITY, to explore and expand the different dimensions in trio music. They have been performing regularly on the corporate, club and festival circuit in India. Their musical repertoire extends to jazz, fusion and beyond. The trio plays original material and sometimes features other accomplished artists from the western and Indian classical world

Adrian D’souza
Drummer Adrian studied in America with Peter Erskine and Tim Horner. Adrian plays with New York jazz Vocalist Roseanna Vitro, Special EFX and Interplay. He has performed with Roseanna Vitro at The J. F. Kennedy Center for the performing arts ,Birdland, Blue
Note, The Jazz Bakery and New York University…to name a few. Adrian has performed with Philharmonic Orchestra of Slovenia and was invited by the United Nations to play with the World Philharmonic Orchestra and Big Band. He has performed at Jazz festivals in the US and Europe with Roseanna Vitro.

Adrian has played with Ken Werner, Eddie Daniels, Dave Kikoski, Gary Bartz, John Hicks, Eddie Gomez, Ratzo Harris…. the list goes on. As a sideman he has twelve albums to his credit along side Carole King, Roseanna Vitro, Randy Brecker, Eddie Gomez, Chris Potter, Rufus Ried, Ted Rosenthal, Chieli Minucci, Robin Eubanks, Don Braden and Jon Lucien. He performed with Al Jarreau, Earl Klugh, George Duke and Ravi Coltrane at the VH1 JAZZ MASTERS .

As a composer, Adrian has scored the music for various Ad films, theatre productions and corporate theme songs. His recent projects are ‘Uncovered’, 'Your Money’, ’Being’ and 'Criminal' for CNBC / TV18.

Sanjay Divecha
In 1986 guitarist/composer Sanjay performed with his own band at the annual Jazz India festival along side Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz. In 1987 he moved to Los Angeles to
study at the Musicians Institute. He graduated from MI in March 1989 with honors. During his stay at the Musicians Institute , Sanjay had the opportunity to study with Scott
Henderson, Joe Diorio, and Frank Gambale.2001 also saw the birth of his own music production company, writing music for TV and film. He has since scored the feature film 'Leela'. Sanjay has recorded and toured with Anjelique Kidjo. He has also recorded with Dumazz, Katia Moraes and Sambaguru, Dirk Fisher big band, Mark Maxwell, Prince Eyango and the Cameroon All Stars, B Sharp jazz quartet and Dave Weckl.


Karl Peters
Bassist extraordinaire…Karl Has performed at various Jazz festivals around the world. He is also one of the most wanted sessions bass players in India and can be heard on numerous documentaries advertisements and Indian flims as well. Karl tours with Louis Banks, Zakhir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan, Sivamani, Adnan Sami and Asha Bhosle. He also plays with pianist Madhav Chari. He has performed at the Barbican Center and Royal Festival Hall in London and the National Arts Festival in Singapore to name a few.


Sunday Evening 23rd Dec: HARD Co. Kroaknight
Remember the school when we had those 'Match the following' questions. Take that analogy and put it against some of Bangalore's best musical talent and songs that will rock your brains out and you'll find an eclectic mix of legendary music.

HARD Co.
Bangalore best vocal talents belting it out at Opus to tunes of artistes such as Sting, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Judas Priest, Scorpions, White snake, Pink Floyd and other Christmas carols
Opus rockstars Andy, Anoopa Anand, Carlton Braganza, Jacob Ninan, venkat subramaniam, and Mark Swaroop.
The singers are accompanied by Vivek Menzel , Karan Joseph and others.


Monday 24th Dec: Xmas eve Bash with CARLTON BRAGANZA & KARAN JOSEPH
The best way to bring in Christmas…your fav dance tunes, rock & roll, retro Christmas carols

CeeBee, Brazanga, Bragz, these are all many names for the same person. And as his many names suggest, he is many things to many people. Many people hate him, many people swear by him and his voice. Many times, people don’t quite understand him and his many many looks and hair-dos, and many times, they want to throw many things at him. Many, many, many, many. If I’ve used many, many times in the paragraph, because there is no other way to describe the talents of Carlton Braganza. They are simply many.And there’s no one quite like him to wish all of you at Opus a ‘Many Christmas’. Ladies and Gentlemen, the multifaceted, supremely talented (and pity he knows it!) Carlton Braganza


Tuesday 25th Dec: Christmas Bash: Rajeev Raja & Friends
Rajeev Raja A product of Bishop Cotton's School and St Joseph's College, Bangalore, Rajeev is acknowledged as India's most exciting Jazz and Fusion flautist. He demonstrates amazing versatility in his flute playing ranging from the throaty growls to mellow jazz solos and intrictate exposition of Indian ragas. Rajeev has recently started a Indian Fusion and World Music band in Mumbai called India Chapter. Rajeev has also directed the music for his first Bollywood film, Bas Yunhi. Rajeev's band Colossus inaugurated Bangalore's first ever Jazz Yatra in the eighties. For him the yatra goes on.


Thursday, December 13, 2007

Friday, December 07, 2007

no America! ...hum toh aa raha hai India!!

randolph: guitar, shiraz: drums, papal: bass, vishal: vocals (yes ... of Vishal/ Shekhar: Om Shanti Om, Tara Rum Pum, Salaam Namaste, Cash, Dus and Bluffmaster fame)

sunday 9th dec: 7.00pm "Pentagram"
for more details on them go here
(followed by kroaknight with carlton)
















9.00pm, 7th dec: ABANDONFRIDAY: C- STREET BAND ..... with some old time favourite swinging jazz tunes
lester bob: bass, mike: drums, denzil: trumpet, max: guitar
see video at the bottom of this page

9.00pm,?8th dec: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER with DJ GLADWIN
....put on your dancing shoes and get ready to party

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Thursday, November 29, 2007

blues brothers in arms !!!

9.00pm, 30th Nov: ABANDONFRIDAY: "Once in a blue moon"....
preview to the International jazz & blues festival

Rajeev Raja,
Sanjay Divecha,
Konark Reddy ,
Bob Bonastre ,
William Dsouza,
Dwight Pattison,
Chronic Blues Circus,
Barracuda Blues,
Gerard machado.... 

in an all star jam 











9.00pm, 1st dec: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER ... put on your party shoes and get ready to dance the night away.

Nokia KroaKnight (in association with Bacardi)

Wed: with mark
Sun: with carlton
"Look,touch and feel the new Nokia 5310 on display at Opus this week.The Slimmest musical powerhouse


Thursday Signature BOOZE & BRAINS ... special edition

...as a farewell to rahul sengupta...the longest booze & brains addict.
4 bottles of signature to be give away, t-shirt and mugs..

Hosted by Mark Rego & DJ Vinay, this a a popular quiz night where winners get all their booze free for the night. Rated by the BBC as indias best pub quiz... No entry charges.

1pm, every sunday afternoon we have the legendary SHYAM followed by JAMPOT
it's a BYOI (bring your own instruments) afternoon .. with a buffet of khao suey, dosas and pastas, and some some bacardi mojitos and Kingfisher to add to the 'good times'.
.. and if u are an artist or a band that wants to be featured .. pls call shonali on 9845244610.
for updated jampot pics go here


3rd dec: STORMY MONDAYS with Barracuda Blues
greg hamra: drums, dev: harp & vocals, vinod d'sa: bass, raveen: vocals, & keyboard, ninja: guitar
a night thats already becoming very popular, a night that features a blues band live every monday night.

For Reservations Call 080-23442580. go here for more details about OPUS ... and if u are on Orkut or Facebook there's an opus and a kroaknight community ...

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

janta partaaay ;)

Manila. 1976. I'm at a dark hole-in-the-wall joint off the main drag. The sun set about two hours ago, I'm already down four whiskys and the fifth is on the creaky little wooden table in front of me. A 20 watt lamp hangs about two feet above the table shedding just enough light for me to see the shadow of a rodent as it disappears into its hole in the wall beside us.
I light up another one of my faithful beedis. The toothless old local legend sitting before me is chewing on his Havana cigar (easily available now that the Phillipines are such buddies with Cuba). "So.. you're going to see the steel buttefly?", he asks in a low, raspy voice. I nod and take another sip. "Watch out for that man, he may be a bit of a comedian, and his wife may be the dictator of the country, but some say he's the one who runs the show". "So I've heard", I tell him.
Another short silence cuts through the blaring music and the drunken voices around us. "I tell you what", he ventures, "Listen to what he has to offer. If you like the job, go ahead and take it. Even if the terms are not perfect." And with that he empties his glass and walks away leaving me to take care of his tab.
Two hours later I'm escorted through the palatial gates, up the road to the magnificent main building, through the front door, and into the waiting area. The butler leads me into the cloakroom so I can hang my coat. As soon as I enter, I stop stunned in my tracks. Rows and rows and miles and miles of hats. Of caps and turbans and every conceivable type of headgear I have ever laid my eyes on. More hats than I ever knew existed in our world. A voice from behind interrupts my thoughts. "So you like my collection?" I spin around and here I am finally face to face with him.
"It's fantastic", I reply trying to sound friendly yet respectful. He's chewing on a cigar and he looks thoughtful as he says, "I own a club in Bangalore where I store my special beret collection. As a matter of fact, you're a musician, would you like to play there some day?" Thirty seconds into the conversation and he's already made his offer. I need to think fast.


9.00pm, 23rd Nov: ABANDONFRIDAY:
" Lounge Piranha"
george mathew: drums, rohan ramesh: bass, kamal singh: guitar & vocals, abhijeet tambe: guitar & vocals


















George Mathew is an artist by day and fully in control of the drum kit by night. He is also fully irresponsible for Piranha’s visual identity and website. Rohan Ramesh, current medical student and future quack, takes care of the bottom end with proficiency on his Warwick bass guitar. Kamal Singh on guitar and vocals, uses lots of alternate tuning and open strings, and hits the situation spot with alarming accuracy in the theory of disclaimer systematic analysis of the limitless school of thought. Abhijeet Tambe on guitar and vocals, emerges from the tangle of the electronic loops in his studio to provide the ambient soundscapes with lots of guitar delay and reverb.


9.00pm, 24th Nov: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER with DJ ANOOP ABSOLUTE.
with a mix of retro picks n samples, ambient elements, modern electronica, indian classical riffs, its gonna be one crazy dance partaaay

Nokia KroaKnight (in association with Bacardi)
Wed: with mark
Sun: with carlton

Thursday Signature
BOOZE & BRAINS (starts at 9pm sharp)
Hosted by Mark Rego & DJ Vinay, this a a popular quiz night where winners get all their booze free for the night. Rated by the BBC as indias best pub quiz... No entry charges.


1pm, every sunday afternoon we have the legendary SHYAM followed by JAMPOT

it's a BYOI (bring your own instruments) afternoon .. with a buffet of khao suey, dosas and pastas, and some some bacardi mojitos and Kingfisher to add to the 'good times'.
.. and if u are an artist or a band that wants to be featured .. pls call shonali on 9845244610.
for updated jampot pics go
here

26th nov: STORMY MONDAYS with Ministry of Blues ( MOB)
a night thats already becoming very popular, a night that features a blues band live every monday night.
MOB has been around the Bangalore rock'n'roll scene for over a year now. The line-up includes two original members from Aftermath, Deepak Kesavan aka DK) and Philipe Haydon (Lead guitar/vocals). They were joined by Vinoo Matthew on bass (Midrange) and Rauf on keyboards.
M.O.B. is a polished four-piece outfit, playing a very broad section of blues-rock.
go
here for more about the band and their music

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

hiyaa barbie .. do you wanna go for a ride !!! jump in!!!

Nokia KroaKid tonight
if you know of any kid that has superstar potential bring them over to opus tonight ... big prize for the best singer under 13 years.
and also for all those children at heart who wanna sing songs they sang in school ... we wont let your efforts go unappreciated

Sun KroaKnight: with carlton



























ABANDONFRIDAYANDSATURDAY

9.00pm, 16th Nov: " The Karthik Mani Group"
a superstar line up in a night of fusion & lounge music .... dont to be missed.
prakash sontakke: hawaiin guitar,
adarsh shenoy: tabla,
bruce lee mani: guitar,
rhudy: bass,
karthik mani: drums & percussions

9pm, 17th Nov Something Relevant (Mumbai),
a 'jamband' consisting of an eclectic eight member ensemble including a percussionist, a nylon string guitarist, a saxophonist and Western classical pianist. STR's music is an amalgamation of a variety of musical styles, from jazz and R&B to hip-hop and heavy metal. This infusion has evolved into STR's "sound". For a lack of classification, STR calls themselves a 'jamband'. The band thrives on live shows. "We play for the audience, we connect with them. Its essential" says Stuart, the bassist.
for more about the band go here

Thursday Signature BOOZE & BRAINS (starts at 9pm sharp)Hosted by Mark Rego & DJ Vinay, this a a popular quiz night where winners get all their booze free for the night. Rated by the BBC as indias best pub quiz... No entry charges.

1pm, every sunday afternoon we have the legendary SHYAM followed by JAMPOT
it's a BYOI (bring your own instruments) afternoon .. with a buffet of khao suey, dosas and pastas, and some some bacardi mojitos and Kingfisher to add to the 'good times'.
.. and if u are an artist or a band that wants to be featured .. pls call shonali on 9845244610.
for updated jampot pics go here

12th nov: STORMY MONDAYS with POTJAM
peter fritz: guitar & vocals, noel da gama: bass & vocals, joffey: drums.a night thats already becoming very popular, a night that features a blues band live every monday night

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

guess who's back !!





















7.00pm: Bangalore Little Theatre brings you a little bit of kinky humour. " The Problem" by AR Guerney Jr., read by Ruchika Chanana & Ajit Hande

followed by
Nokia KroaKnight (in association with Bacardi)
Wed: with mark
Sun: with carlton

Thursday Signature BOOZE & BRAINS (starts at 9pm sharp)Hosted by Mark Rego & DJ Vinay, this a a popular quiz night where winners get all their booze free for the night. Rated by the BBC as indias best pub quiz... No entry charges.






9.00pm, 9th Nov: ABANDON FRIDAY with DJ Gladwin with some kick ass dance tunes











9pm, 10th Nov : SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER with Barry after recording for "funjabi chak de" on Star One, the boy's back with a whole bagful of mixes from tamil to hindi to funjabi to arabic!!


1pm, every sunday afternoon we have the legendary SHYAM followed by JAMPOT
it's a BYOI (bring your own instruments) afternoon .. with a buffet of khao suey, dosas and pastas, awesome cocktails and some kingfisher and bacardi mojitos to add to the 'good times'.
.. and if u are an artist or a band that wants to be featured .. pls call shonali on 9845244610.
for updated jampot pics go here


12th nov: STORMY MONDAYS with Peter Issac & the Chronic Blues
they call it stormy monday ... but tuesdays just as badwednesdays kroak .... and thursdays quite a fada night thats already becoming very popular, a night that features a blues band live every monday night

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Hard Co. goes public!!!.

9.00pm, 2nd nov: aBANDonFRIDAY HARD Co.
Remember the school when we had those 'Match the following' questions. Take that analogy and put it against some of Bangalore's best musical talent and songs that will rock your brains out and you'll find an eclectic mix of legendary music.

HARD Co.
This Friday catch Bangalore best vocal talents belting it out at Opus to tunes of artistes such as Sting, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Judas Priest, Scorpions, White snake, Pink Floyd and other such legends.
Opus rockstars Andy, Anoopa Anand, Carlton Braganza, Jacob Ninan, Mark Lazaro (karma 6) and Mark Swaroop.
The singers are accompanied by Vivek Menzel, Gaurav Vaz (raghu dixit project), Karan Joseph, Christopher Rodriguez and Naveen Thomas (galeej gurus).

mark lazaro:home - chris daughtry ,here i go again - white snake ,baywatch - david hasselhoff
andy : love hurts - nazareth ,rock you like a hurricane- scorpions ,paradise city - guns n roses
jacob :angel - areosmith ,fear of the dark- iron maiden ,mamma i'm coming home- ozzy obourne
mark swaroop :even flow-pearl jam ,lightning crashes- live ,walking in memphis- marc cohn
carlton :l a woman - doors ,jump - van halen ,proud mary - ccr ,
Anoopa :lady starstruck- rainbow ,king of pain - police ,tragic comic- extreme


31st oct : kreepy kroaknight tonight with mark swaroop (in association with Bacardi)

hell of a lot of alcohol, deadly singers and coffinful of prizessample songs to choose from

1. Monster Mash - Bobby 'Boris' Pickett 2. Haunted House - Jumpin' Gene Simmons 3. Thriller - Michael Jackson 4. Ghost Busters - Ray Parker Jr. 5. Ghost Riders In The Sky - Frankie Laine, Ramrods or Outlaws 6. Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon 7. Devil Went Down To Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band 8. I Put A Spell On You - Screaming Jay Hawkins 9. Spooky - Classics IV 10. Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult 11. Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley 12. Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell 13. I Want My Baby Back - Jimmy Cross 14. Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group 15. Waltz In Black - the Stranglers 16. Psycho Killer - Talking Heads 17. People Are Strange - the Doors 18. Zombie Jamboree - Rockapella 19. Highway To Hell - AC/DC 20. Clap For The Wolfman - Guess Who 21. Angie Baby - Helen Reddy 22. Hell - Squirrel Nut Zippers 23. Devil Inside - INXS 24. Black Magic Woman - Santana 25. Planet Claire - B-52s 26. Dead Man's Party - Oingo Boingo 27. Legend of Wooley Swamp - Charlie Daniels Band 28. Nightmare on My Street - DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince 29. The Battle of Evermore - Led Zeppelin 30. It's Halloween - The Shaggs 31. Running With The Devil - Van Halen 32. This Is Halloween - Danny Elfman (Nightmare Before Christmas) 33. Running Scared - Roy Orbison 34. Abracadabra - Steve Miller 35. Season Of The Witch - Donovan 36. Devil in Disguise - Elvis Presley 37. Martian Hop - The Ran-Dells 38. Creature From The Black Lagoon - Dave Edmunds 39. Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman - The Tubes 40. The Blob - The Five Blobs 41. In The Shadows - The Stranglers

Sun: with carlton

Thursday Signature BOOZE & BRAINS (starts at 9pm sharp)
Hosted by Mark Rego & DJ Vinay, this a a popular quiz night where winners get all their booze free for the night. Rated by the BBC as indias best pub quiz... No entry charges.

9pm, 3rd Nov : SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER with DJ GLADWIN
if you like disco, rock-n-roll, retro and old skool hip hopput on your dancing shoes and get ready to rewind

1pm, 4th nov onwards, every sunday we have the legendary SHYAM followed by JAMPOT
it's a BYOI (bring your own instruments) afternoon .. with a buffet of khao suey, dosas and pastas, awesome cocktails and some kingfisher to add to the 'good times'.
.. and if u are an artist or a band that wants to be featured .. pls call shonali on 9845244610.
for updated jampot pics go
here

5th nov: STORMY MONDAYS with BARRACUDA BLUES BANDthey call it stormy monday ... but tuesdays just as badwednesdays kroak .... and thursdays quite a fada night thats already becoming very popular, a night that features a blues band live every monday night. click here for more on the barracuda blues

For Reservations Call 080-23442580. go here for more details about OPUS ... and if u are on Orkut or Facebook there's an opus and a kroaknight community ...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

looney tunes

sunday was truly the highpoint of opus' existence ... don't think anything has, or will match the magic of that evening ... check out pre show pics here and the gig pics here ... hopefully (for those who missed it) we'll have some video clips to upload shortly


8.00pm, 26th oct: FULL ON LUNACY ...full moon madness (feat. sandy gandhi & john samaha)
proving the myth that there is a strong correlation between the full moon and madness (the term lunacy is derived from Luna, the roman moon goddess)
a stand up act by 2 of australias looniest bins sandy gandhi & john samaha (screen actor and regular performers on australia's comedy circuit) followed by the lunatics carlton & karan in a night of full on madness. more pics / info go here

Nokia KroaKnight (in association with Bacardi)
Wed: with mark swaroop
Sun: with carlton

Thursday Signature BOOZE AND BRAINS (starts at 9pm sharp)Hosted by Mark Rego & DJ Vinay, this a a popular quiz night where winners get all their booze free for the night. Rated by the BBC as indias best pub quiz... No entry charges.

9pm, 27th oct : SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER with DJ ANGIE
in a kick-ass dance set covering dance anthems from the 70's till today



1pm, 28th oct onwards, every sunday we have the legendary SHYAM followed by JAMPOT
it's a BYOI (bring your own instruments) afternoon .. with a buffet of khao suey, dosas and pastas, awesome cocktails and some kingfisher to add to the 'good times'.
.. and if u are an artist or a band that wants to be featured .. pls call shonali on 9845244610.
for updated jampot pics go here

29th oct: STORMY MONDAYS with C-Street Band
a night thats already becoming very popular, a night that features a blues band live every monday night
lester-bass, max-guitar/vocals, denzil- trumpet, dominic-sax, mike - drums.

For Reservations Call 080-23442580. go here for more details about OPUS ... and if u are on Orkut or Facebook there's an opus and a kroaknight community ...

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

this is VITAL INFORMATION


21st oct: sunday. 5.00pm Steve Smith & VITAL INFORMATION

tom coster - keyboards (santana),
baron browne - Bass (billy cobham/jean-luc ponty),
vinny valentino - guitar (bill evans/Jimmy McGriff),
steve smith - drums (journey/steps ahead)

easily one of the biggest concerts at opus .... listen to them here or read their bios here
9.00pm 19th oct: ABANDONFRIDAY: LBG

"little babooshka's grind" (chennai)

One of the pioneers of performing original music in chennai. they released their 2nd album " band children" a couple of months ago. Lots of high energy tunes complimented by an equally high energy performance. music that has its own character matched by our in-your-face attitude of not perpetuating the lie that original music won’t get you anywhere. arjun: bass, avnith: guitar, maynard: drums, praveen: vocals, aum: guitar.

22nd oct: STORMY MONDAYS with PETER ISAAC and the CHRONIC BLUES BAND
they call it stormy monday ... but tuesdays just as badwednesdays kroak .... and thursdays quite a fada night thats already becoming very popular, a night that features a blues band live every monday night


PUMP IT LOUDER !!! pre and post BEP party tonight ...


Nokia KroaKnight (in association with Bacardi)
Wed: with mark swaroop
Sun: with carlton

THURSDAY SIGNATURE BOOZE & BRAINS
(starts at 9pm sharp with a whole bunch of new rules)Hosted by Mark Rego & DJ Vinay, this a a popular quiz night where winners get all their booze free for the night. Rated by the BBC as indias best pub quiz... No entry charges.

9pm, 20th oct : SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER with DJ Vinay in a kick-ass dance set covering dance anthems from the 70's till today

frank gambale and maurizio colonna, 19th october , good shepard auditorium ... tickets available at opus

For Reservations Call 080-23442580.
go here for more details about OPUS ... and if u are on Orkut or Facebook there's an opus and a kroaknight community ...

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

lets get retarted












9.00pm 12th oct: ABANDONFRIDAY: Swarathma
The band that brings together the spirit of Indian folk, rock, western and carnatic classical and generates an energy that’s both positive and contagious. Swarathma’s songs are a celebration of the earth and rain, of love and life; a reflection of the beauty and the struggle, the simple joys and contradictions of the contemporary world. Click here for more or for larger image


this is how it all began ... what started as small singalongs and people dancing round an acoustic piano (in the small lounge area at opus) to dance nights under the stars, this couldn't-be-more-diametrically-opposite duo performed almost uninterrupted, every saturday night for almost a year. other musicians started jamming with them and eventually ousted them, so much so that they havent played together at opus for almost a year, despite of opus having 3 or more live gigs a week. arguably bangalore's most talented and most wanted keyboardist, and easily bangalore most deranged performer'for old times sake'
Click here for larger image and for all those politically correct people who need an explanation to let's get retarded click here

Nokia KroaKnight (in association with Bacardi)
Wed: with mark swaroop
Sun : with carlton

NOKIA is giving out TWENTY phunking fergalicious passes for the Black Eyed Peas concert on the 16th Oct at palace grounds. Be at opus wed, thurs, sat or sun to find out how they can be yours!
Watch this space for exciting special offers from Nokia for the Opus community. and check out the Nokia Concept Store on Church Street. Ph: 41512977.

THURSDAY SIGNATURE BOOZE & BRAINS (starts at 9pm sharp with a whole bunch of new rules)
Hosted by Mark Rego & DJ Vinay, this a a popular quiz night where winners get all their booze free for the night. Rated by the BBC as indias best pub quiz... No entry charges.


14th oct KINGFISHER JAMPOT every sunday 1 pm. .... this week featuring chromatix
it's a BYOI (bring your own instruments) afternoon .. with a buffet of khao suey, dosas and pastas, awesome cocktails and some kingfisher to add to the 'good times'.
.. and if u are an artist or a band that wants to be featured .. pls call shonali on 9845244610.
for updated jampot pics go here

15th oct: Stormy Mondays with "ministry of blues" ( MOB)
they call it stormy monday ... but tuesdays just as bad
wednesdays kroak .... and thursdays quite a fad
a night thats already becoming very popular, a night that features a blues band live every monday night
For Reservations Call 080-23442580.
go here for more details about OPUS ... and if u are on Orkut or Facebook there's an opus and a kroaknight community ...

Thursday, October 04, 2007

TWENTY Fergalicious passes up for grabs !!!

9.00pm 5th oct: ABANDONFRIDAY: : "AUM" (trivandrum)
a really kick-ass versaile band from kerala, back at opus for the second time, manu (lead vocals) is a star!
9pm, saturday 6th oct : victory lap of the independence rock XXII annual festival

this year the fest was held in 3 cities ( delhi, mumbai & bangalore)
featuring the winners SCRIBE (Mumbai) and BOOMERANG (Mizoram)
warning: definitely not a regular 'retro' dance night and certainly not for the fainthearted


Nokia KroaKnight (in association with Bacardi)
Wed: with mark swaroop
Sun : with carlton

NOKIA is giving out TWENTY passes for the Black Eyed Peas concert on the 16th Oct at palace grounds.
be at opus KroaKnights (wed or sun) to find out how they can be yours!


THURSDAY SIGNATURE BOOZE & BRAINS
(starts at 9pm sharp with a whole bunch of new rules)
Hosted by Mark Rego & DJ Vinay, this a a popular quiz night where winners get all their booze free for the night.
Rated by the BBC as indias best pub quiz.A heady combination of booze & brains!!! try it to find out... No entry charges.


7th oct KINGFISHER JAMPOT every sunday 1 pm. ....
it's a BYOI (bring your own instruments) afternoon ..
with a great goan buffet spread, some awesome cocktails and some kingfisher to add to the 'good times'.
.. and if u are an artist or a band that wants to be featured .. pls call shonali on 9845244610.
for updated jampot pics go here

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