Three years after bursting onto the scene, the 4th Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival returns to tickle the ivories once again at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) in the middle of January. The brainchild of Malaysia’s top jazz maestro, Michael Veerapen, it gathers the nation’s leading jazz pianists, including Tay Cher Siang, Justin Lim, David Gomes and John Dip Silas, to celebrate the piano’s pivotal spot in the realm of jazz music.
The festival is one of Michael Veerapen’s numerous contributions to Malaysia’s jazz scene
Aside from embedding professional prowess in aspiring jazz artists, the festival aims to foster a close-knit community devoted to jazz piano and musicianship, while bringing the genre to the forefront of awareness and harvesting the interest of the public.
David Gomes demonstrates his sterling piano-playing skills
Bigger and Better
This edition of the festival is touted to be the largest one yet, presenting a raft of concerts such as Tomorrow, Here Today, which throws into relief upcoming brilliant pianists. Meanwhile, the aptly-named Twos and Threes consists of two and three pianists performing simultaneously – a beguiling show that is certain to bring the house down!
Ensemble is an event highlight to watch out for, as it flaunts the crème de la crème of what Malaysia has to offer in the jazz department. Set to unleash their bottomless talents are saxophonist Julian Chan, guitarist Az Samad, drummers Steve Nanda and John Thomas, songstress Samantha De Lune and other gifted performers.
Guiding Fledgling Stars
True to its objective of being a crucible to nurture fresh talents in the field, there are crash courses and clinics by the greats to stoke the jazz passion. John O of Paper Plane Pursuit will help determine ‘How to make your home recordings sound great’, while Toro Cheng will shed light on the ‘Fundamentals of Harmony’.
Tay Cher Siang is among the top-ranked jazz pianists in the country
More priceless knowledge can be absorbed at Edvard Lee’s ‘Fusion Jazz Improvisation’ clinic, and at a forum moderated by Tay Cher Siang, comprising jazz celebrities Julian Chan, Az Samad and Razlan Saharudin. Also not to be missed are ‘Improvisation for Beginners’ and ‘Advanced Jazz Piano Voicings’ by Ch’ng Wee Lern and Justin Lim respectively.
4th Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival
WHERE klpac, Sentul Park
WHEN 8.30pm (13-15 Jan), 4pm (14 Jan)
ADMISSION RM75 (adult), RM30 (students), RM165 (3 shows) – free admission for competition
TEL 03 4047 9000