Fusion 5 / KL Experimental Jazz Project

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The current lineup of members for the International Jazz Day 2018 include Rodin and friends Teerapoj & Vetit (Bangkok), Ivon Smith (New Zealand), Donald Omar (Tanzania), Shahrin Sharif, VJ & Kyle

Formed in 2011, Fusion 5 (formally known as The KL Jazz Project and founded by the founders of the KL International Jazz & Arts Festival) plays a varied fusion of Jazz Rock, Blues, Classic Rock and Experimental Music.

The band’s creative and  innovative core has seen it collaborate with many international artists based regionally. Some of them  include Yagi (Japan) on saxophone, Steve Thornton (USA) on Percussion, Patrick Terbrack (USA) on saxophone, Chris Ong (Singapore) on guitars, Jordan Rivers (Malaysia) on guitar and vocals, Dodong Jumawan (Philippines) on piano/keyboards/synthesizers and many others.

Known for their  high energy driven jazz rock elements in their own compositions,  their music also embodies a progressive take on complex songs and tributes to the music of jazz and blues greats such as Charles Mingus, Ahmad Jamal, The Crusaders, Billy Cobham, Tommy Bolin, Jim Hall, Frank Foster, Otis Rush, BB King, Jimi Hendrix. Peter Green etc.

Their performances are raw, transcendent, highly energized and incorporates elements of blues and rock leaning towards improvised experimental jazz  music to create a subtle audio signature that is unique to them.