[Herald Review] Seoul Jazz Festival soothes with eclectic music

[Herald Review] Seoul Jazz Festival soothes with eclectic music
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On Friday, people attend stage performances at the Seoul Jazz Festival at 88 Jandi Madang in Olympic Park in southeast Seoul. (Seoul Jazz Festival)

The Seoul Jazz Festival, which took place from Friday to Sunday at 88 Jandi Madang of Olympic Park in southeast Seoul, was filled with joy, love, freedom, happiness and laughter .

With the historic annual outdoor jazz festival returning after a two-year hiatus as South Korea lifted most of its COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, the festival’s first day kicked off in scorching sunshine.

Around 10,000 festival-goers flocked to the site, hanging out on picnic rugs and chairs on the grass as live music filled the air. While some wore shorts and tank tops, many were outfitted with sunglasses, caps and umbrellas to keep out the glare of the sun.

Los Angeles-based jazz trio Moonchild performs at the Seoul Jazz Festival stage at 88 Jandi Madang in Olympic Park in southeast Seoul on Friday. (Seoul Jazz Festival)

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On Friday, British singer-songwriter Etham performs on stage at the Seoul Jazz Festival at 88 Jandi Madang in Olympic Park in southeast Seoul. (Seoul Jazz Festival)

While the festival offered jazz music and a diverse lineup of live performances, Friday’s lineup featured mostly global artists. The event kicked off with Los Angeles-based jazz trio Moonchild and the audience greeted the act with loud applause and cheers.

The band visiting Korea for the first time showcased polished jazzy sounds performing songs such as “What You Wanted”, “Get By” and “Too Good”. Audience members who didn’t know their songs also swayed to the beat.

He was followed by British singer-songwriter Etham, who was also in the country for the first time. His rendition of one of his favorite songs, ’12:45′, had the crowd singing along with him and he also sang ‘You’re the Reason’, the song he released an hour before his schedule. of representation.

On Friday, American singer-songwriter Johnny Stimson performs on stage at the Seoul Jazz Festival at 88 Jandi Madang in Olympic Park in southeast Seoul.  (Seoul Jazz Festival)

On Friday, American singer-songwriter Johnny Stimson performs on stage at the Seoul Jazz Festival at 88 Jandi Madang in Olympic Park in southeast Seoul. (Seoul Jazz Festival)

On Friday, singer Baek Ye-rin performs on stage at the Seoul Jazz Festival at 88 Jandi Madang in Olympic Park in southeast Seoul.  (Seoul Jazz Festival)

On Friday, singer Baek Ye-rin performs on stage at the Seoul Jazz Festival at 88 Jandi Madang in Olympic Park in southeast Seoul. (Seoul Jazz Festival)

American singer-songwriter Johnny Stimson took the next turn, performing around 20 songs, including “Gimme Gimme”, “Honey Moon” and “Smile”. The prepared standing area in front of the stage was packed with people singing and singing along to his music.

Between breaks, the public made sure to replenish themselves with food brought from home or purchased at the event, quenching their thirst with beer and wine to fully enjoy the festival.

Singer Baek Ye-rin was the only Korean artist to perform on Friday. Starting with “Bye Bye My Blue”, the musician not only sang her songs, but also covered jazz songs. It was she who received the most fervent applause from the audience that day.

On Friday, American singer-songwriter Pink Sweat$ performs on stage at the Seoul Jazz Festival at 88 Jandi Madang of Olympic Park in southeast Seoul.  (Seoul Jazz Festival)

On Friday, American singer-songwriter Pink Sweat$ performs on stage at the Seoul Jazz Festival at 88 Jandi Madang of Olympic Park in southeast Seoul. (Seoul Jazz Festival)

American singer-songwriter Pink Sweat$, the headliner, concluded the evening on Friday. Dressed in a pink outfit, the artist’s soft voice rang out among the crowd who took in the soothing breeze and cool air as dusk turned to darkness.

Since it was his first visit to Korea, the fans shouted his name and applauded him loudly. The artist at some point burst into tears. To show his gratitude to the fans, he also came down from the stage several times and reached out to people.

By Jie Ye-eun ([email protected])

Willie J. Johnson