Kuching Jazz Festival promises lineup of eclectic artists

Ting (second from right) and Ferguson (second from left) hold banners showing the full lineup of performers for the festival.

KUCHING (October 19): The Kuching Jazz Festival on October 28-29 will prove that jazz music is not “boring” or “slow” as many think, said the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Datuk Sebastian Ting.

He said it is because of the eclectic range of music performers that will create greater awareness of the different genres under jazz.

“It will make people realize that jazz is not ‘boring’ or ‘slow’ music.

“Jazz can be soulful, upbeat and even make you want to step up to the plate and dance your heart out,” he told a press conference to announce the full list of official performers. of the jazz festival.

Ting announced that headliner Afgan from Indonesia will be joined by compatriots Hendri Rotinsulu and Jazmint Band (Indonesia), Noryn Aziz (Malaysia), Phum Viphurit (Thailand), Freyja Garbett (Australia), Dawn Wong & The Ark Royal (Singapore), Leon Sapphire (Malaysia) and Ushera (Malaysia).

Also included in the program are Sarawakian artists Ta’Dan and Ky Den.

Ting also said that this year’s Kuching Jazz Festival will be quite different from the previous three editions in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

He noted that the event has grown stronger and he hopes it will be more successful in the years to come.

“I think it will be much bigger and better for young and old jazz fans.

“We hope to have more such events in Kuching to cater to different tourist groups,” he added.

Regarding the performers, he said Afghan, the headliner, is undoubtedly one of Asia’s most well-known artists, with a distinctive voice and style that fuses pop and jazz.

On Noryn Aziz, he said that this award-winning singer is one of Malaysia’s finest jazz singers with a career spanning nearly three decades.

As for Phum Viphurit, he said that the Thai singer-songwriter gained international recognition in 2018 thanks to his single “Lover Boy” and his hit “Long Gone” in 2017.

Meanwhile, Hemisphere Corporation Sdn Bhd Managing Director Mark Ferguson said the festival will be held at the Grand Margherita Hotel, which is currently managed and operated by the company.

When asked, he said they were aiming for an audience of at least 1,000 people per night during the festival.

He also said ticket sales through online and physical means have already resumed and are expected to hit the target soon.

“We also own and operate a customer loyalty mobile application known as Insiders Club, the first of its kind in Malaysia.

“The tools in this app are aimed at maximizing the experience of our customers. This year, room packages with Kuching Jazz are available on the app in addition to kuchingjazz.com which is our official website,” he said. declared.

He added that local ethnic communities are also invited to showcase their cuisine and crafts to festival-goers by displaying and selling their products at the Kuching Jazz Food and Craft Festival Bazaar.

Those wishing to get more information and purchase tickets can visit www.kuchingjazz.com or download the Insider’s Club app by Hemisphere.

Willie J. Johnson