IF JAZZ is what you dream of, don’t miss the Pangkor Island Jazz Festival 2022.
Inspired by the popular jazz number Fly Me to the Moon, jazz lovers are invited to the inaugural event at Sungai Pinang Kecil on Pangkor Island in Perak. The festival runs from October 7 to 9.
Organized by Oriental Art & Cultural Association (OACA), the “Jazz Meets the Island” themed event serves as a platform for local musicians to showcase their talents and make live jazz accessible to the local community.
Pangkor Island Jazz Festival Director and OACA Executive Director Eric Ch’ng said, “The three-day festival program cultivates appreciation for music and encourages dialogue through concerts, talks and workshops.
“Pangkor Island is a heritage-rich fishing village with a population of 25,000.
“With the perfect backdrop of a near-full moon over the weekend, the jazz festival opens with a concert titled ‘Purnama over Pangkor’.
“The word ‘purnama’ which means full moon in Malay, is appropriate because the moon is full during the weekend.
“We hope to create an appreciation for live jazz music within the local community, and also deepen conversations between artists and aficionados by giving them a platform to showcase their art at the festival,” he said during of a press conference in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.
Jazz aficionados can expect songs in different languages and multiple dialects performed by local artists at three concerts, four sharing sessions and showcases as well as two jazz exhibitions during the festival.
Expect big-name vocalists like Asia’s leading Chinese female jazz vocal trio The Shang Sisters, presenting reinterpretations of Shanghai classics through song and dance.
Other performers include singers Junji Delfino, Janet Lee, Winnie Ho, and Mian Tan who sing moon-themed crowd favorites like Fly Me to The Moon, Terang Bulan, and Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin (The Moon Represents my heart).
There will also be an Afro Cuban Percussions showcase, an acapella workshop as well as exhibits on Jazz Heritage and Terang Boelan.
Festival curator and music director Tay Cher Siang said “jazz should be experienced live”.
“Each performance will feature improvisation of beats and songs,” he said.
The opening concert on October 7 titled “Purnama Over Pangkor” and the jazz concert on October 8 titled “Moon Dance with The Shang Sisters” to be held at Voyage Retreat are priced at RM100 each.
Meanwhile, admission to the October 9 closing charity jazz concert titled “Sunset x Moon Rise” is by donation.
Proceeds will be donated to the island’s Music Development Fund.
For details, visit facebook.com/PangkorIslandJazzFestival
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