Tuesday, April 09, 2013

30 Apr: International Jazz Day (KL)

Simone daughter of legendary Nina Simone performs at the KLIJF International Jazz Day

1) Master Class
2) Free Concert @ Experimental Theatre, Universiti Malaya
3) Concert @ Dewan Tun Chansellor, Universiti Malaya

The KLIJF International Jazz Day Concert and celebration at the University of Malaya on the 30th of April 2013 will feature an amazing line-up of international and local artistes. 

Confirmed Artistes for the KLIJF International Jazz Day Concert on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 are:

The Patron of KLIJF 2013 is Yang Berbahagia Datuk  Ahmad Phesal Talib,  the Honourable Mayor of Kuala Lumpur.


Simone is her own woman, a singer, songwriter and performer whose ability to transcend genres echoes the tradition of her mother, musical icon and pioneer Nina Simone. Blessed with a rich vocal range, an innate skill for lyrical interpretation and a soul-deep understanding of music as a means of healing...

Since Nicole Henry's debut in 2004, she has captivated audiences while establishing herself as one of the jazz world’s most acclaimed vocalists. Her expressive, soulful voice and uplifting energy has earned her three top 10 albums along with international accolades from Moscow to Madrid...

Born in a cab in Bordeaux on December 25 1972, with roots in Zaire (now named Democratic Republic of Congo), Roger “Kemp” Biwandu fell in love with drumming at the end of the 70′s. He was influenced by bands such as the Police and the Californian band Toto...  

The French Sumo was created on a Hong Kong seaside in 1996 by the traditional basic band rhythm section: YVES SCOTTO, keyboards, Sideman for a while, for numerous artist like TANGORA or LAVELLE, he founded this trio to promote a quality repertoire to a larger public, and also being able to propose a solid rhythm ...

Program 30 April 2013

Master Class
Location: Classroom, Universiti Malaya
Free entry upon registration: charles [at] klinternationaljazz.com

10.30-11.30   David Helbock (Piano)

12.15-1.30    Roger Biwandu, John Thomas & Bernard Cesari (Drums)

2.00-3.00    French Sumo (Latin Trio) 

KLIJF International Jazz Day Concert
Location: Experimental Theatre, Universiti Malaya
Free entry

2.00    UM Big Band
2.45    Lokman Aslam
3.30    Dzamira Dzafri
4.10    John Thomas Trio

KLIJF International Jazz Day Concert
Location: Dewan Tun Chansellor, Universiti Malaya
Buy tickets online or purchase from DoPPel Kafe: +6017 623 0288 or email us: openmickl [at] gmail.com

3.00    David Helbock  Solo Piano
4.00    David Helbock Trio
4.50    French Sumo
6.00    Patrick Terbrack Quartet
8.00    KL Jazz Project
8.45    Nicole
10.00    Roger Biwandu
11.15    Simone

More about the festival: www.klinternationaljazz.com.


In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The Institute is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration, which began in 2012.

"We all want to live in a jazz world where we all work together, improvise together, are not afraid of taking chances and expressing ourselves." Herbie Hancock

International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact.

Here are some ideas and resources for exploring jazz on April 30th.
  • Play jazz recordings in your classroom. Discuss with your students what they do or don’t like about the music.
  • Play video clips of jazz performances.
  • Invite a local expert to conduct the listening session or give a talk to your class.
  • Schedule a jazz-themed performance or concert by your school band or choir.
  • Use one of the many lesson plans available at www.jazzinamerica.org
  • Decorate your classroom with jazz posters, or pictures of jazz artists.
  • Ask your students to draw or write about how jazz makes them feel or think.
  • Have students research the local roots of jazz in your town or city. What made jazz in your city unique?
  • Ask your students to interview older relatives about their experiences with jazz. Have students listen to their favorite songs and share the results with the class.
  • Have students write a skit or play based on the life of a great jazz musician.
  • Encourage students to explore some of the many great jazz websites in the resource list below.
Wanna read more? Check out this link: www.jazzday.com.

How are we involved? Doppelganger KL provides talent booking, artiste liaison and stage management services in support of the KL International Jazz Festival.

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