Penang Island Jazz Festival

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Country and Region MalaysiaPenang
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia
Festival Contact Information

The Capricorn Connection
25-1, 1st Floor, Lorong Setiabistari 2
Damansara Heights,
50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: +60 603-2093 4725
Fax: +60 603-2093 4726

Festival Description

The magic of music returns to the Tropical Island of Penang from 5th till the 8th of December 2013 with the 10th edition of The Penang Island Jazz Festival! Supported by Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

The Penang Island Jazz Festival began in 2004 as an independent festival organized by The Capricorn Connection and is held annually on the first weekend of December on the island of Penang, Malaysia. The past 9 editions of the festival with its “Outdoor” concert setting, fringe stages, workshops and other supporting activities has attracted a wide cross-section audience and established itself as a highly anticipated musical experience in the Region.

Mr. Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager of Malaysia Major Events (MME) said, “Penang Island Jazz Festival is an example of a home grown event which showcases Malaysia’s capacity to stage large-scale events and attract foreign attendees to Malaysia. Our support of the event is in line with the strategic efforts in boosting tourist arrivals for Visit Malaysia 2014 (VMY 2014). As the festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary, it stakes claim that such home grown festival has an enduring factor and sustainability to retain for what we hope is another 10 years.”

Apart from the outdoor main “Jazz By The Beach” stage featuring local and international performers, the festival also has a number of other supporting musical activities such as Sunrise @Tropical Spice Garden, Workshops, Talks and Forums, Photograph and Poster Exhibitions, After Hours Jazz Jam and Creative Malaysia Fringe Stages.

Festival Dates December 4 - 7, 2014
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Festival Story:

The initial Penang Island Jazz Festival which began in 2004 has seen a steady growth through the years. From a 2 day/1 stage event with performances on 1 Main Stage, to 5 Fringe Stages, 1 Sundown Stage and a number of supporting activities. The Annual Music Festival has served to establish the Festival as a highly anticipated event in the Region attracting a wide cross-section audience from walks of life from all over Malaysia and the Asia Pacific Region.


Festival Events:

Programming 2013:
  • This year’s 10th edition of the festival
    • The event will kick-off with an opening concert - “An Evening With Casey Abrams” at the Bayview Beach Resort Ballroom on the 5th of December. Casey Abrams is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and American Idol (10th season 2011) finalist. He is one of the more memorable “creative/jazz oriented” finalists in the American Idol programme. The opening act for the concert is Malaysia’s own Liyana Fizi.
  • Festival and Tropical Spice Garden
    • In place of the previously organized “Sundown @ TSG” evening performances at the Tropical Spice Garden, the 2013 Festival and Tropical Spice Garden will this year introduce the first ever “Sunrise @ TSG” performance on the morning of Saturday, 7th December 2013. This year’s inaugural “Sunrise @ TSG” will feature performances by Amrita Soon, Liyana Fizi & Ray Rozells in the exotic setting of The Tropical Spice Gardens.
  • Performers for this year’s “Jazz By The Beach” stage
    • Will be held on Saturday, 7th and Sunday, 8th December at Bayview Beach Resort Gardens include The Freddy Cole Quartet featuring Freddy Cole - Piano, Elias Bailey – Bass, Curtis Boyd – Drums, Randy Napoleon – Guitar, ESKA, Alison Burns & Martin Taylor, Hedvig Mollestad Trio, Okan Ersan Quartet, JazzKamikaze, Michael Schiefel & Carsten Daerr, Yoon Jeong Heo Black String, Jazz Connection, Vinalog and Penang born & bred songbird, Bihzhu.
  • Talks Series
    • A series of talks and forums will also be held in conjunction with this year’s festival. The Speakers/Panelists for this year’s “Island Forum Sessions” with a general theme of “Going Beyond” include Ben Mandelson (Founder of the World Music Expo or WOMEX), Peter Schulze (Artistic Director of jazzahead), John Cumming (Co-Founder and Director of London Jazz Festival), Catherine Mayer (Artist Management of JustJazz, Germany) and Jae Jin In (Artistic Director of Jarasum International Jazz Festival) among others. The topics to be covered are “Networking and Exporting of Music - focus on jazzahead”, “Expanding Music Horizon/Crossing Borders between Jazz and World Music – focus on WOMEX”, “Music Cultural Exchange and Collaborations” and “Preservation of Popular Music Heritage”.
  • Other musical activities
    • A number of other supporting musical activities will also be held within the festival’s four day period to maintain the festival’s intention of creating a “total music festival experience” such as the afternoon “Creative Malaysia Programme” held on 3 different Fringe Stage venues (Bayview Beach Resort, Hard Rock Hotel and ParkRoyal Penang Resort). The performers selected to participate at the Fringe Stages performs to a wide range of music genre from fusion, country, classical, funk, folk etc. They are Amrita Soon, Chan Mei Xuan (Maxy), Hameer Zawawi, Alvin & Darrin, Faridian Jazz Trio 02, FAZZ, Viv Addram & NJU Trio, Junk, Paladin, Momain Blues and Sixth Sense.
  • Other activities
    • Workshops by Participating Artists, Jazz Gallery Exhibition of Festival’s Collection of Penang’s Popular Music of The 1940s to 1960s exhibition, Posters, Photographs, the “10 minute Stage”, the After Hours Jazz Jam, and the Jazz With A Heart Charity Dinner which is co-organised with Bayview Hotels. Among the main stage artistes that will be conducting workshops are Casey Abrams, JazzKamikaze, Michael Schiefel & Carsten Daerr, ESKA, Alison Burns & Martin Taylor, Okan Ersan, Yoon-Jeong Heo and Jazz Connection.


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Practical Info:

Ticketing 2013:
  • “An Evening with Casey Abrams”
    • On 5th December at Bayview Beach Resort Grand Ballroom @RM78.00 (including RM3 ticketing fee) available at 03-78807999)
  • “Jazz With A Heart” Charity Dinner
    • On 6th December at Bayview Beach Resort Ballroom. The price per table of ten persons is from RM1,500 nett per table of 10 OR RM150 nett per person. For enquiries and information, please contact:
      Ms. Sugu at +604 8812123 ext 256
      Ms. Chin CY at +6012 356 5544
  • “Sunrise @ TSG”
    • On 7th December at Tropical Spice Garden is priced at RM10.00 (inclusive of breakfast snack) is available at Tropical Spice Garden (Ticket sales & Enquiry: 04-8811 797)
  • “Jazz By The Beach”
    • Tickets @ RM78.00 (including RM3.00 ticketing fee) per night on 7th & 8th December available at (hotline 03 – 78807999)
      All other Festival supporting activities: Free Entry
Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Alison Burns and Martin Taylor
    • Black String
    • ESKA
    • Freddy Cole Quartet
    • Hedvig Mollestad Trio
    • Okan Ersan Quartet
    • Freddy Cole Quartet
  • Bayview Beach Resort Gardens
    Batu Ferringhi, Penang


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