Max Clouth Clan - Jazz Concert 7.30pm - Sailing Annexe

Varijashree Venugopal vocals/flute


Max Clouth Clan

In 2011, Max Clouth released his first solo CD. Titled simply “Guitar”, it presents his distinctive approach to Spanish, Indian, and Baroque music, all arranged for and performed on solo acoustic guitar. Featuring music recorded in Mumbai, which had attracted the guitarist from Frankfurt who, having been fascinated by John McLaughlin’s bands Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti, sought to plunge deeper into the world of Ragas and Talas of Indian classical music. The Times of India praised the 23-minute long album as “great fusion”; The composer’s take: “Western music with an Indian vibe”, which he now tries to take to higher spheres through his electric Max Clouth Clan.

“Return Flight” is the title of that quartet’s first album, a title that has multiple meanings for Clouth – literally flying, escape and all it implies, back and forth. The central theme: Being in motion.

Precisely that describes “Return Flight”, just like “Guitar” before it – though in this band context with bassist Timothy Roth (substituted by Jonathan Sell for the tour) and drummer Martin Standke, along with exceptional studio guests like T.L. Mazumdar (keyboards and vocals), Shruti Ramani (vocals on “Noon Tune”), Michael Wahab (tabla), percussionist Ziya Tabassian (Riq), Jason Schneider (on trumpet and flugelhorn – ethereal-Nordic like Nils Petter Molvær), and Christopher Herrmann. His cello can be heard in the finale of the album, “Sanjus Waltz”, dedicated to Clouths young daughter, whose laughter opens the lullaby – a Baroque-seeming waltz, swinging like Gypsy jazz and with Clouth scatting along to his guitar lines. The groovy “Disco Stu” (“Not to be taken too seriously”) is a bit of an indulgence on Clouth’s part on a listen-only album like “Return Flight”. “Kusadasi Kelim” is no less of a surprise, named in fact after a carpet and animimated by Turkish art music, with which Clouth became familiar through the Baglama virtuoso Deniz Köseoglu.

“Return Flight”: Soulful music whose spirit will touch listeners from all over the world

Max Clouth - Guitar:

Max Clouth, born in Frankfurt/ Main in 1985, studied Jazz guitar at the Musikhochschule Mainz and "Worldmusic" at the C.M. von Weber Musikhochschule Dresden. Subsequently, he learnt  with Pt Nayan Ghosh at Sangit Mahabharati Music School Mumbai and Guitar Prasanna at Swarnabhoomi Music Academy.
In 2015 he was nominated for the Burghausen Jazz Prize and released his highly acclaimed album "Return Flight" on german major label L + R/Bellaphon.

Jonathan Sell - Bass:

Jonathan Sell plays in a wide range of styles, from western classical music to progressive rock, from jazz to oriental maqam. In Febuary 2015 he finished his studies of jazz double bass with Prof. Thomas Stabenow in Mannheim. His final concert showed a combination of arabic oud and ney music with jazz versions of King Crimson songs. A central characteristic of his play is the interpretation of music as the universal language that overcomes cultural, national and stylistic borders. He is a member of the Orientalische  Musikakademie Mannheim, where he commits himself to cultural exchange through music

Martin Standke  – Drums

Martin began his musical education with playing the piano at the age of eight and discovered his interest for the drums some years later. He studied teacher of music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt and at the same time at the Cologne University of Music, majoring in jazz drums .
Three times he was a member of different bands which achieved the "Scholarship Jazz“ of the City of Frankfurt and received with his band „Contrast Trio“ the Hessian Jazz Award 2016.
He played with Michael Sagmeister, Dominique Di Piazza, Michael Wollny amongst others, and was part of Stephan Schmolck’s band at the German Jazz Festival. He can also be heard on several recordings with the HR Jazz Ensemble.
Martin lives in Frankfurt and works frequently for the Theatre Frankfurt.

EPK Return Flight:

Studio Session:


Opening Act:

Manmohan Raj, Singer, Song Writer and Rhythm Guitarist

hail from the city of Pearls, Hyderabad.

Manmohan has started the career basically as Lead vocalist, Rhythm Guitarist and the front

man of the few groups like Fusion, Rock, Hard Rock and Progressive Metal bands in the city.

Gradually started performing solo, working out with the music of dissimilar genres and sub

types like Rock, Rock & Roll, Classic Rock and Indian Fusion Music. Ambiguity still persists to

define the Music and Genre followed. Still Collaborates with the bands around.




Voice workshop/masterclass by Sandra Oberoi - 4th Feb. 2017

Voice Workshop/Masterclass by Sandra Oberoi

When: Saturday, 4th Feb. 3.30-5.30pm

Where: Alliance Française, Banjara Hills

Participants may prepare a song from any genre/style of music and present it in front of the group and teacher. Sandra will follow-up and address the participant’s singing technique, style, presentation and healthy vocal production which will enable you to perform more effectively in future. We will also open up to a short time of Q&A.

This workshop is for advanced, experienced singers and observers.

Please bring either a music file (mp3) or a music score along (piano accompaniment can be offered).

Fee: 600/- (participant) & 400/- (observer).

More info/registration:

Sandra Oberoi is a highly qualified soprano, music educator, vocal coach and has collaborated with various artists from around the world. She is equipped with a Masters in Music Education and Voice from Northwestern University, USA. She founded ‘Harmony-the music school’ (Bangalore) eight years ago. Her students have won international singing competitions and even performed at Carnegie Hall, New York. She actively campaigns for excellence in music education in India. Some Hyderabadis will not forget Sandra’s excellent performance during the Deccan Voices annual concert in Dec. 2013, along with her friends, the two sopranos, Pamela Hinchman and Harrah Friedlander (USA).

HWMF Academy - new courses 2017


         Our introduction to music theory and vocal course is for EVERYONE who loves music and singing! Learn how to approach vocal learning systematically and how to move towards a healthy singing voice. Get familiar with the basic principles of vocal techniques like breathing, vocalizing and body posture. Acquire a basic music theoretical and practical understanding (notation reading, scales, rhythm, group-/solo-singing). After completion of the course you might like to join an advanced group.


Course/ 5 Saturdays:                   Saturday, 4th Feb. 2017 (Feb. 4; 11; 18; 25 & March 4)
Timings:                                            2-3 pm

Venue:                                                Alliance Française, Road no 3, Aurora Colony, Banjara Hills
Course Fees:                                     2400/- for 5 classes; incl. material

Teacher:                                            Joe Koster - (First session by Sandra Oberoi)


HWMF’S KID CLUB – VOCAL Classes ongoing

           Group vocal classes are an opportunity for young singers to learn performance, harmony and musicianship in a fun, group setting.  HWMF’s Kids Club will encourage friendship while learning elements of music and vocal technique and ensemble singing. To enrol in this class some basic musical experience is an advantage. Kid’s club video/last concert:


Course beginning:                          Sunday, Feb. 5th
Timings:                                            Sundays 2:30 – 4pm
Venue:                                                Goethe-Zentrum, Journalist Colony, Banjara Hills
Course Fees:                                     1600/- per month/4 sessions (90 min.)

Teacher:                                            Nicole Connolly and George Hull


VIOLIN CLASSES  Classes ongoing

          Music is for everyone, regardless of age or profession. We teach at three levels - beginner, intermediate and advanced. This is an opportunity to learn/improve sightreading, rhythm, theory, practical fingering and bowing techniques. Learning a fretless instrument like violin demands constant feedback, observation, interaction and inspiration.

Course beginning:                          Saturday, Feb. 4th 2017
Timings:                                            Saturdays at 2-2.50pm beginner & 3-3.50pm advanced
Venue:                                                Goethe-Zentrum, Journalist Colony, Banjara Hills
Course Fees:                                     2200/- per month/4 sessions (50 min.) small group class. Teacher:                                            Abhijit Gurjale


HWMF Academy is also accepting new student applications for individual lessons on the saxophone, western flute and piano/vocal (advanced).

Send your application/questions to


Western Classical Concert by Mohit Lauer Dubey - 7th Jan. 2017 @ Lamakaan 5pm

HWMF is pleased to present:

Mohit Lauer Dubey - Classical Guitar

Concert at Lamakaan, Banj.hills - 7th Jan. 2017, 5pm

Mohit Lauer Dubey is a young classical guitarist and physicist in the making from Los Alamos, New Mexico. A student of Roberto Capocchi at New Mexico School for the Arts and Stephen Aron at the famous Oberlin Conservatory (Ohio). Mohit has played concerts across the world - from Santa Fe to Italy to Jordan. As the son of Indian and German scientists, Mohit is excited about using music as a means of expression and storytelling across cultural differences. He will spend his Winter Term tracing his Indian roots as well as performing music for different communities within India. For the first half of his project, he will perform classical guitar at multiple concerts organized by the US Embassy American Center, a local music supporter and philanthropist and a women’s empowerment group in New Delhi and Lucknow. Mohit will spend the latter half of his trip giving master classes at local schools in Hyderabad and studying Carnatic music with Dr. Karaikudi Subramanian at the Brhaddhvani School in Chennai.

His concert will include music from every era of the guitar and as many continents as he can get his hands on (Bach, Regondi, Dyens…). He might even include Bhajans, arranged for guitar.

Interview Times of India:


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