Who We Are

Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory

The Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory is a vibrant center for musical studies which opened in 2007. It offers courses in modern and classical music, a recording studio, organizes events for national and international artists and creates social projects to empower the Nepali community through music and art.

Students choose from among a variety of courses including applied lessons in various instruments, music arranging, improvisation, jazz and Hindustani music theory and history, ear training and electronic music production. A comprehensive mix impossible to find elsewhere in the country.

Our vision is to provide the highest quality music education, so our students can achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens.

‘Uniting People with Music’ is our motto. Quality, innovation and the improvement of the population through the exchange of cultures and experiences in the arts world is our first value.

Our Team

Uniting People with Music since 2007

KJC is a unique hub for intercultural exchange where different backgrounds meet to learn from each other. Since 2007 KJC is bringing highly qualified foreign music teachers, performers and personnel who train our Nepali faculty and students. KJC is known as the most competent music school in Nepal and one of the tops in South Asia.

Directors

Mariano Abello

Mariano Abello

Founder & Director
Nirakar Yakthumba

Nirakar Yakthumba

Founder Director/Chairman
Manoj Kumar KC

Manoj Kumar KC

Director of Katjazz Studios

Administration

Abhisek Bhadra

Abhisek Bhadra

Academic Director
Daahoud Salim

Daahoud Salim

Academic Director
Sunita Shakya

Sunita Shakya

Coordinator
Isu Shrestha

Isu Shrestha

Guitar/ IT and Creative Director

Faculty

National
Suman Khatri

Suman Khatri

Guitar
Bhintuna Rajbhandari

Bhintuna Rajbhandari

Coordinator - Music for Children department
Pratick Baniya

Pratick Baniya

Bass Guitar
Isu Shrestha

Isu Shrestha

Guitar/ IT and Creative Director
Sanjok Sharma

Sanjok Sharma

Vocals

Visiting Faculty

Present and Former
Daahoud Salim

Daahoud Salim

Academic Director

Visiting Artists

Gianni Denitto

Gianni Denitto

Saxophone
Ray Heberer

Ray Heberer

Band Director/ Trombone
James Miley

James Miley

Piano / Composition
Lucy Peckham

Lucy Peckham

Sound designer/composer
Triple Ace

Triple Ace

Band
Sadao Watanabe

Sadao Watanabe

Saxophone
Ted Piltzecker

Ted Piltzecker

Vibraphone
Matthew Warnock

Matthew Warnock

Guitar and Pedagogue
Billy Buss

Billy Buss

Trumpet and Composition

Former Faculty

Olivia Snow Gilmore

Olivia Snow Gilmore

Trumpet, Piano, Choir
Inap Raj Shrestha

Inap Raj Shrestha

Saxophone
Hson Shrestha

Hson Shrestha

Guitar
Dev K Lama

Dev K Lama

Guitar
Simma Rai

Simma Rai

Vocals
Rajat Rai

Rajat Rai

Academic Coordinator
Albertina Barceló Mercader

Albertina Barceló Mercader

Kids Class Specialist, Choir Instructor and Director Musicals

Former Visiting Faculty

Our facilities

RECORDING STUDIO

Access to an on-site professional recording studio that has worked with prominent artists in the Nepali music industry like: 1974 AD, Rohit John Chettri, Neetesh Jung Kunwar, Deepak Bajracharya, Shiva Pariyar, Ram K. Dhakal, Mazipa, Cadenza, Kutumba, Indira Joshi, Shreya Sotang and many more.

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BAND PRACTICE ROOM

Playing music with your teacher or on your own in the bedroom is not the same as performing with a band. Even if you’ve performed as a solo act, it is still important to know the basic dos and don’ts of working as a team.

We have practice rooms that contain all the necessary sound equipment like drum-sets, pianos, amplifiers and mixers for you to experiment with. We also provide courses for you to learn about this through an instructor. If you are taking one of our packages, it is already included in the price!

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THREE ACOUSTIC PIANOS

The piano is frequently called the royalty of all instruments. This is because of how the notes are systematically laid out on the piano so that when you are learning music, it is much easier to follow and understand what the music is doing.

Hence, learning the piano is an essential part of learning music, no matter what instrument is your primary. We have 3 acoustic upright pianos that are for our students to use! We also have many digital stage pianos available but these acoustic works of are are on another league.

You have to try it to know the difference!

THEORY ROOM WITH MULTIMEDIA PROJECTOR

It is many an instance, specially here in Nepal that musicians know how to play but don’t really ‘understand’ why and how things are working in music. It is indeed very important to know ‘why’ something sounds good and why something doesn’t.

Apart from our outstanding faculty that are teaching it, our theory classes are equipped with a built in multimedia projector so that the concepts and nuances of the lessons are easily conveyed to the students

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JAMEY AEBERSOLD LISTENING LAB

Jamey Aebersold is the leading music educator in the world that has written countless books benefiting millions of people worldwide. He has been kind to donate us this one of a kind suite which includes a computer outfitted with software, rare ebooks and backing tracks that held a student orient themselves with composition, improvisation or general study.

MUSIC LIBRARY

We also posses a large collection of books, cds, and tracks that span many genres and instruments which are available to the students for checkout.

MOKSH AUDITORIUM CONCERTS

One of the great things about studying at KJC is that we get to see international artists performing every month. Many of these events are even free to the public.

The students also get to perform on a regular basis because we are partnered with Moksh which is right across our building. We teach Live sound engineering there as well with an active auditorium! It possesses the latest in sound equipment and the cool air-conditioning certainly adds to the charm!

Events
THURSDAY JAM SESSIONS

Every Thursday we have a jam session that is initiated by one of the faculty or student bands and then is followed by a free-for-all jam session.

Meet musicians from all around town and get the opportunity to play with them at Moksh, Jhamsikhel. Every Thursday at 7pm

A/V ROOM FOR SKYPE WITH HIGH SPEED INTERNET

We have the infrastructure of a 50 inch TV and the fastest iMac on the market to teach our software related classes. It also has a high-speed fiber internet connection that lets our students have skype sessions with our international faculty from all over the world!

ACCESS TO EXOTIC INSTRUMENTS

One of the things to celebrate in this world is the overwhelming diversity of culture. Try these instruments from all around the world. Who knows, you might be a prodigy in the Saxophone, but we’ll never find out if we don’t try, will we?

IMMERSION INTO A GLOBAL CULTURE

KJC has an international network of hundreds of professional musicians that travel to us every year. We have more than two dozen artists come teach here on average annually. Come be part of our global family!