Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory
The music programs in the schools of Nepal are rudimentary. Unlike any other subject, the teachers do not require qualifications in order to be able to teach music in schools, which leaves an entire generation of children lacking an all-round education .
As an organization with a social purpose, since 2007 we have brought in hundreds of international, qualified artists to Nepal and provided over 500 scholarships to students. We have provided free music education to orphanages and schools and organized cultural events. Many of the students who we have trained are now professional musicians, some of whom are touring the world with their music. The teachers we have trained have institutions of their own; they carry the torch forward.
All of this has been financed for the last decade primarily at our own expense, using of its own human and material resources. The Foundation was born with the aim of developing and supporting these projects, making them visible and, more importantly, sustainable.
Since 2007 KJC Foundation is bringing highly qualified international music teachers and performers who train our Nepali teachers and work with our students. We provide a thorough, inclusive, and enjoyable education for void of discrimination or prejudice of socio-economic status, heritage, or living situation. Through our projects, Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory Foundation solidify and spread our love of music, our love of children, and our dedication to an international community.
Our vision is the struggle for equality, we provide the music education to those who have a passion to become a musician, no matter of their social background, to empower the Nepali youth and let them share experiences and express music as a tool for change.
‘Uniting People through 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.
Stories of success
One of the faces of our music school is Mahesh Tandukar. He has been an exceptionally large part of our guitar faculty. He has been a member of the famous Joint Family International which released its debut album One Good Thing in 2013 and won 3 awards in prestigious mainstream shows. He has gone abroad
We have had many inspiring stories unfold before us in our years together at the conservatory and one of them is of our musical genius Mr. Pratick Baniya. He started out playing guitars in high school but now is one of the only trombone players in the country who is playing with our legendary band
Inap Raj Shrestha, a well-known name on Kathmandu´s music scene, is one of the finest musicians in Nepal. He currently works as a performing saxophonist and as a teacher at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory. He began his KJC musical journey in 2008 as guitar student and in 2010 followed his musical intuition to develop into
Kismat Shrestha, present drummer of ‘Albatross’, and one of our most cherished students, gave us an insight into his life after KJC. But before that, we wanted to know more about his experience as a musician here itself. Born and bred into a Musical, “out of the norm family”, Kismat was immersed into the world