Category Archives: Press

KL Jazz makes global ascent

By | Press | No Comments

A rich blend of young and old lay the foundations for the widely successful Kuala Lumpur International Jazz Festival 2015.

Held at University Malaya, a plethora of experienced jazz impresarios arrived in Kuala Lumpur featuring some new and returning faces.

Around 4,000 people had the pleasure of witnessing debutants Benito Gonzalez, Chieli Minucci and headline performer Eric Wyatt display the talent that sees them widely celebrated in many corners of the globe over a highly-illustrious weekend.

Returning performers included composer Patrick Terbrack (tutor of Thursday night’s UiTM jazz ensemble) and hugely popular Ezra Brown, both of whom have featured consecutively since inauguration.

Salute for Alfonso

By | Press | No Comments

It was an exuberant opening to the fourth Kuala Lumpur International Jazz Festival as friends and family convened to relive famed compositions of the legendary Alfonso Soliano.

The maiden concert organised by the related Guerzo and Soliano families in honour of their inspiring ancestor was supported by Bizhu, Lokman Aslam and Datin Paduka Julie Sudiro.

In a fitting tribute to remember the great Soliano 25 years on since his passing, jazz enthusiasts gathered at University Malaya’s Experimental Theatre to take in the evening’s sublime tapestry of jazz excellence.

Commencing the show were the UiTM jazz ensemble introducing saxophone virtuoso Armand Malik to the festival. The Kuching-born student, 19, raised the bar in his performance calling it a “touching experience” to open the night dedicated to Soliano.

The Academy of Contemporary Music: ACM Guitar Tutor & Alumni Play at Kuala Lumpur International Jazz Festival

By | Press | No Comments

Renowned Jazz guitarist and tutor at ACM, Carl Orr was joined by ACM Performance School Alumni James Paton (Drums) and Joe Downard (Bass Guitar) at the recent International Jazz Festival in Kuala Lumpur.

The event which took place in September, saw Carl and his band – which included keyboardist Bill Mudge – perform alongside a number of internationally renowned and local headline artists from the world of jazz and experience jazz on the other side of the world.

The annual festival (which has four indoor and outdoor stages) brings together the best in jazz where all forms of this genre including contemporary jazz, smooth jazz, straight ahead jazz, classic jazz, jazz – rock, r&b, swing, funk, classic rock and blues converge!

News Straits Times: Art Meets Jazz at Universiti Malaya

By | Press | No Comments

Opening day of the 3rd KL International Jazz and Arts Festival at Universiti Malaya welcomed 2,000 fans, especially expatriates. Over 100 musicians from North America, Europe, Australia, Japan, Singapore and Indonesia had arrived to perform.

Malaysian musicians included the KL Jazz Project, UiTM Jazz Ensemble and UM Big Bang.

The top-billing artistes were Grammy-nominated John Beasley, Grammy award-winning vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur and LA-based guitarist Jeff Kollman.

News Straits Times: Weekend date: Fusing music with arts

By | Press | No Comments

MORE than 100 musicians from North America, Europe, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia will converge at University Malaya in Kuala Lumpur for the third edition of the KL International Jazz & Arts Festival (KLIJAF) this weekend.

It is organised by KL International Jazz Festival and Asia World Events in collaboration with University Malaya and sponsored by Malaysia Airlines and AmBank Group. Supported by Visit KL and Kuala Lumpur City Hall, its patron is KL Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib.

KLIJAF aims to be a major music and arts event and a tourist draw for the city. Started in 2012, it is a signature event where contemporary jazz, smooth jazz, straight ahead jazz, classic jazz, jazz-rock, R&B, swing, funk, classic rock and blues converge.

Jazzuality Jakarta: Jazz Rainbow Over the KL Sky

By | Press, Reviews | No Comments

Kuala Lumpur (KL) did it again! Following the success of the first attempt in 2012,KL International Jazz Sdn. Bhd supported by  Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), under the patronage of the Honourable Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Yang Berbahagia Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib made another huge jazz blast through the second edition of KL International Jazz Festival in 2013 (KLIJF 2013).Eventhough it had to be rescheduled due to the General Elections, the KLIJF 2013 still managed to present the combination of acclaimed international jazz stars and the best local talent, just like what they have been aiming from the start. The bright light, big metropolitan city of Kuala Lumpur went swinging and bopping high for one day full on September 14, 2013. Located at the University of Malaya, the committee placed 4 stages to hold no less than 28 bands. Each of the band rested their case one after another. Some played sweet, some went wild. There were bands who opened up a new musical dimension by crafting new ‘hybrids’, some other played their original compositions and some showed their creativity by re-arranging well known jazz repertoires. The festival combined international legends, the ‘tops’ of the game and some of the most potential local talents. It was a jazz-vaganza served ellegantly. New place, new spirit, we’re excited and glad to be able to watch every perfomance and more than happy to cover this fest up for you.

KL International Jazz Festival is next week

By | Press | No Comments

A slew of international acts confirmed for the Kuala Lumpur International Jazz Festival, happening next weekend.

IT’S going to be one big carnival when the second Kuala Lumpur International Jazz Festival (KLIJF) takes place at the Universiti Malaya grounds on Sept 14.

Jazz aficionados can expect a convergence of contemporary jazz, smooth jazz, straight ahead jazz, classic jazz, jazz rock, R&B, swing, funk, classic rock and blues. More than 100 musicians are expected to perform at the annual event, billed as Malaysia’s biggest jazz festival.

Headliners at the festival are contemporary jazz guitarist and Grammy-award winner Lee Ritenour, and alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, who has been creating ripples in the scene with his brand of fusion jazz.

While Ritenour needs no introduction, Mahanthappa is an Italian-born, Canadian-raised, US-residing Indian musician who mixes various genres of music (predominantly Indian) and combines them with the language of jazz to create new form, which is still recognisably jazz.

Other international acts slated to perform at the one day event include saxophonist Jessy J, ex-Billy Cobham guitarist Carl Orr from London; progressive jazz rock fusion groups The Subterraneans from Sydney and Kazutoki Umezu Kiki Band from Tokyo; R&B musician eZra Brown from New York and South African vocalist cum songwriter Zamajobe.

Homegrown talents performing include veterans Jose Thomas and Jordan Rivers, who are familiar faces in the industry. Others include Cats In Love, UiTM Jazz Ensemble, UCSI Contemporary Ensemble, Ballads & Blues, John Thomas Trio and John Dip Silas.

One of the festival highlights is a jazz tribute to the legendary P. Ramlee by The UM Big band led by director of Universiti Malaya’s Cultural Centre Professor Dr Mohd Nasir Hashim.

To go with the music, there will be booths offering art exhibits, good food, fashion, eco products, kids zone and a hot air balloon show.

The KLIJF takes place from 11am to midnight on Sept 14. Festival Village entry tickets are priced at RM60 while All Excess tickets start from RM138. All Excess ticket holders are entitled to the village stages as well as all indoor shows at Dewan Tunku Chancellor. Tickets are available from www.tickethotline.com.my or by calling 03-7725 1177. Log on to www.klinternationaljazz.com for more information.

News Straits Times: Jazz at UM

By | Press | No Comments

JAZZ guitarist Lee Ritenour and saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa will headline the KL International Jazz Festival 2013 on Sept 14.

To be held at Universiti Malaya from 11am to midnight, other international acts slated to perform at the event include Jessy J, Carl Orr, The Subterraneans, Kazutoki Umezu Kiki Band, Ezra Brown and Zamajobe.

More than 100 musicians from North America, Europe, Australia, Iran, Japan, South Africa, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia are expected to perform at the one-day festival, which will also feature the university’s Big Band, led by its cultural centre director Dr Mohd Nasir Hashim paying A Jazz Tribute To P. Ramlee.

KL International Jazz Festival moved to September

By | Press | No Comments

PETALING JAYA: The KL International Jazz Festival, which was scheduled for April 27-30 at Universiti Malaya’s Dewan Tunku Canselor and Experimental Theatre, has been postponed.

The four-day event, which was to have featured jazz heavyweights like guitarists Lee Ritenour and Chuck Loeb, vocalist Keiko Matsui and keyboardist Jeremy Monteiro, among others, will now be held on Sept 14 and 15.

“With the impending general election, ground speculation is that polling day will be on April 27, so that’s why we’ve postponed the festival,” said Rodin Kumar, managing director of the festival.

Unesco’s International Jazz Day, which falls on April 30, will go on as scheduled. The event at Dewan Tunku Canselor, will feature a mix of foreign and local acts, including David Helbock, French Sumo, Nicole Henry Rodger Biwandu Quartet and Simone.

For more info, visit the event website.

New Straits Times: SHOWBIZ: Jazz hall of fame in KL

By | Press | No Comments

 

One of the biggest names in jazz today is Lee Ritenour, an American guitarist who has recorded more than 40 albums and co-founded (with Bob James) the group Fourplay.

Another big name is Japanese jazz pianist Keiko Matsui who has recorded more than 20 albums, likewise alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahantappa from the United States who absorbs numerous musical genres and creates his own distinctive sound.

And lastly, there are soulful singers Nicole Henry and Lisa Simone Kelly, whose mother was the late great Nina Simone.

These are among the major names who will be jazzing up Kuala Lumpur on April 27-30 at the KL International Jazz Festival 2013.

In its second year, it will be held at Universiti Malaya from 11am to midnight daily. It is organised by KL International Jazz and supported by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall with Mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib as its patron.

The impressive line-up comprises 35 international and 65 local acts, making it the federal capital’s largest jazz event to date. Organising chairman Maizon Omar says: “Jazz enthusiasts and music lovers will get a taste of various jazz genres such as straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz, smooth and contemporary jazz, and jazz rock among others.

“We will have four outdoor and two indoor music stages, plus art exhibitions, the Earth Day Run and a climb of Gunung Nuang in Hulu Langat.”

All About Jazz: KL International Jazz Festival 2012

By | Press, Reviews | No Comments

The 19th and 20th of May, 2012 will long be remembered by jazz lovers in Kuala Lumpur as the day jazz came to town. The 13 acts that performed on the stage of the KL Convention Center made history by inaugurating the KL International Jazz Festival. For those attending, feelings were of pride and a certain sense of relief that, finally, this great Asian metropolis was hosting an international jazz festival. After all, if PenangMiri and Kota Kinabalu can all stage jazz festivals, then why not the Malaysian capital?

News Straits Times: All That Jazz

By | Press | No Comments

Music jazzes up Kuala Lumpur this April with the second edition of the KL International Jazz Festival, now stretching over four days from April 27. It’s not just performances by world-class artistes but the festival will also offer workshops and master classes at the main venue, the University of Malaya, which sits in the heart of the capital city. So far, 30 artistes — running the gamut from Grammy winners to homegrown talents — will participate in the four-day event.

premiata serie di scarpe da calcio tornato! Questa volta,nike air max pas cher si tratta di un "Made in Italia" identit Special Edition con voi per incontrare ancora una volta, prestare attenzione a ogni dettaglio di scarpe,replica ray ban outlet in modo da questo paio di scarpe di alta qualit trasformato in leggenda. "Fatto in Italia" stato caratterizzato da garanzia squisita fattura,abercrombie pas cher questo paese stato conosciuto per le scarpe a mano di alto livello. Il lancio delle scarpe da calcio avanzate meticolosamente da artigiani dalla punta alla lingua di ogni dettaglio alla perfezione,moncler outlet il valore di scarpe da calcio a mano anche essere dimostrata. Con mestiere delicato e con dettagli artistici serie artigianale, passando le sue prestazioni di altissima qualit, ora pronto a conquistare il mondo, attraverso i secoli per diventare un classico. Tradizione artigianale italiana per costruire le scarpe Come leggendaria industria scarpa da calcio,Hollister Pas Cher quasi tutta la serie di calcio sono scarpe da calcio re. Dal Portogallo alla Spagna, dall'Olanda all'Argentina,peuterey outlet i migliori giocatori attraverso il gioco, se le scarpe o se il numero di gol sempre stato il capo dei rispettivi tempi. Non solo le scarpe, come la legenda, una presenza unica. Nato nel 1968,nike air max pas cher una serie di scarpe materiale una volta che vengono verso l'alto e la punta stile "sudamericano" ampiamente propagandato,giuseppe zanotti pas cher questo disegno permette al piede pi vicino al calcio, e quindi migliorare il tocco. Anni '70 del secolo scorso,Moncler Pas Cher il design di scarpe stata ulteriormente migliorata da allora diventato il scarpe da calcio supremi. . Parlando vestito, non contro il "cugino grande" Liu Wen, non solo capi di abbigliamento avanzato, buon corpo,moncler pas cher vestito ma molte attrici hanno imitato modello. Recentemente, Liu Wen si innamor di una scarpa,Zanotti Pas Cher ed effettivamente iniziare con quattro colori,nike air max pas cher avanti e indietro attraverso, guardiamo a questo, alla fine, come buone scarpe da indossare? Liu Wen una giacca di jeans con i jeans,canada goose pas cher scarpe bianche con questo incontro, le strade gamma completa dei bambini, semplicemente un modello di strada di riprenderla. Semplice T-shirt e jeans sciolto collant anche con i modelli di,louboutin pas cher calzature pi camuffamento vasta marea di bambini. Scarpe scure stili verdi abbigliamento da baseball ed echi,UGG Pas cher tutto il corpo con un completo e conciso, bello. camicia bianca semplice con pantaloni neri e scarpe nere, piedi,hogan outlet grande senso di piena, rivelando salice esile, si sta riempiendo sexy. Naturalmente,hogan outlet la pi amata bianco, dopo tutto, di andare con un piccolo paio di pantaloni neri, pieni di senso della moda troppo. In lizza secchio Yan non si limita,woolrich outlet a mescolare la scarpa non passa inosservato numerosi. Jolin ha anche un paio di jeans neri con un foro,hogan outlet di rottura con senso della moda na. Anche indossare per l'aeroporto, non solo cinghiale ma anche il comfort,woolrich outlet non vi alcun motivo di prendere fuori di esso? Sonja stato anche attrarre una scarpa, sono super attrice indosser,Nike Air Max Outlet Online moda olfatto non generalmente sensibile oh.