Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island – New York’s city districts are completely different. They all have their own identity and culture. But one thing they have in common are: rythm and pace. They're always on the move. And they give anyone the opportunity to follow their own path. “After New York, I felt free in the head and in the heart.” When former IT consultant, Somnath Halder, talks about his time in New York, it’s noticeable how formative this city was for him and his subsequent career.
Greenwich Village, the green oasis in the heart of Manhattan, is known as the birthplace of East Coast jazz. Since the late 1950s, this artists’ quarter has been home to many jazz clubs, large and small, and was a place that attracted creative free spirits. On his forays into New York’s pulsating jazz scene, Somnath found his musical home. “When I make music, I let myself go completely and I’m totally taken over by the rhythm” – that’s how Somnath describes his time in the clubs of “the Village”.
“Suddenly I was right at the heart of East Coast jazz and following my passion.”
Somnath describes the moment when he felt the inspirational power of jazz for the first time in the workshop of the legendary jazz pianist, Barry Harris: “I was overwhelmed by the response and encouragement of the audience to my performances at Dr. Barry Harris’ workshops. And I realised that I never wanted to do anything else ever again." After that, there was no going back: he quit his job in IT, followed a new path and found happiness in his new life as a musician.
“New York let me live what I really love: music.”
Hear why Somnath was gripped by the power of jazz in New York.
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