Publika Jazz 2016

Publika, Kuala Lumpur, WP Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Publika Jazz 2016 will be organized at Publika on 26th - 27th August 2016 (Friday - Saturday).

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Event: PUBLIKA JAZZ 2016

Date: 26 and 27 August
Venue: The Square (8pm to 12am), Black Box (8pm to 11pm), The Bee (8pm to 10pm), The Social (12am)


Malaysia's Largest FREE Jazz Festival
Held over two-days at four different venues within Publika, the annual Publika Jazz is held to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Publika that featured both local and international jazz musicians.

The Groove Messengers
The Groove Messengers is founded by one of Malaysia’s promising and talented drummer Bob Skunjas. He is also the backbone of the band Fieldplayers as well as playing for Jesseltone, Tilu some of Malaysia’s top artists in the Jazz scene with such as Amirah Ali, Patrick Tebrack, John Dip Silas and Albert Yap.

Kirana Kay and Her Associates
A vocalist that performs authentic Jazz, Pop Rock, Traditional Malay, R&B and Soul. Compatible with contemporary genres, Kirana is a regular feature at Kuala Lumpur’s entertainment industry. A gifted vocalist with wide array of modern contemporary repertoire, she won the Juara Bakat Pencarian Media Hiburan 2014.

Abdul and The Coffee Theory (Indonesia)
Abdul and The Coffee Theory is the name used by a full name Tengku Abdullah Amin Mohammed Ashari to work in the world of Indonesian music. Abdul, who was born 18 April 1983 is famous for the unique vocal character and very fit combined with easy listening music Abdul nuanced pop jazzy style, making all his work draws from all sides. Not only offers easy jazz and pop songs wrapped typical jovial folk essence, Abdul also made the lyrics are very unique, intelligent and relatively smooth, so for those who hear must feel 'I Banget!'. The concept of the band is represented by the name of The Coffee Theory (although this name is actually intended for people in the neighborhood close to Abdul who likes coffee) are expected to give freshness Indonesian music world today. Abdul is now very well known in the music industry as a producer and song writer, among his works have been performed by soloist/group of talented in Indonesia as Andien, Nina Tamam and 7 icons.

Keithen Carter (USA)/Frank Hergott (France)/Koh Saxman (Thailand)
Keithen Carter is a versatile singer and lyricist from the USA, he studied Art at Chicago Art Institute, where he developed a talent for writing songs and performing. He then went on to become a recognised Artist and has also proven himself as a theatre actor on the Chicago stage in a variety of roles. Keithen Carter has worked with artists as diverse as soul music’s Curtis Mayfield, jazz virtuoso Stanley Clarke and pop diva Madonna.

Frank Hergott started playing the piano at the age of 9 years and familiarize himself with different directories (classical, gospel, jazz). Youngest of a large family, his listening very eclectic music (60's to 80's) that his sister and brothers listen. This wide range of artistic influences was decisive in his musical career and his passion for composition. After getting his price of classical and jazz piano at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, he continued his studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (USA). This study stay in the USA allows him to meet extraordinary musicians such as Jerry Bergonzi, Hal Crook, George Garzone, Ray Santisi, Alain Mallet, Laszlo Gardony, Ed Tomassi. He discovered the American method whose approach to art education is very pragmatic and structured.

Koh Saxman or Koh has been the familiar name to Thai audiences and musicians for almost 20 years as a saxophone artist who has done many recording works for many artists, as well as his own studio albums.
Koh was born in 1973, and graduated from Chulalongkorn University in Music Education (1991-1994), even though he had chosen Accounting as the first major for his education before changing to music field.



Az Samad and Samantha De Lune
Az Samad - Guitarist-Composer-Educator Az Samad has been performing internationally for the past 19 years, across the United States, Europe and Asia. Blending his classical guitar training with his harmonic sensibility from his jazz pedigree, Az’s jazz guitar renditions are both sophisticated to experienced jazzers and accessible to the general audience. His compositions have been described as “at times playful and irreverent, and at other times lyrical and soulful, but always inventive, tastefully crafted and beautifully nuanced — an absolute pleasure to listen to.”

Samantha De Lune - Having been alluded to have "a voice of an extremely rare earthy quality" accompanied by a flare for storytelling through song, Samantha de Lune's striking confidence and poise is evidently far beyond her years. Armed with the motto "I sing because words are not enough", de Lune's extensive portfolio ranges across public appearances, private and corporate events, radio and TV commercials, short films and more. Taking to the stage alongside household name Az Samad, this very special one-time-only performance features a string of signature Malaysian tunes from iconic artistes P. Ramlee and Jimmy Boyle.

Janine Annice (UK) 
Janine Annice has been steadily carving her name into the very fibre of London’s underground music scene. Born and bred in the UK capital, where life is a fast, bright spectrum of intensity and emotion, she draws from her experiences with vocal versatility and a rare depth of range. Lending her talents to a multitude of genres ranging from alternative R&B and Chillwave to Jazz, she is creating a demand as a credible singer-songwriter on the circuit. Following the footsteps of the greats to grace the stages of the best venues; Cecil’s Speakeasy in London Bridge, and the world famous Hard Rock Cafe, her shows always leave her audiences clamouring for more. Currently wrapping up her debut EP “Signs of Life”, produced by French-Italian producer Pietro Caracciolo, Janine is working with the best young producers and musicians the city has to offer, such as Flowzart and Alex Dixon and the band “ATBS” to bring to fruition exciting new developments.

Tilu (Malaysia/Indonesia)
For those of you unfamiliar with Tilu, they are a band consisting of Malaysians and Indonesians who came together to cultivate their mutual love for music. With catchy tunes and fun chemistry on stage, you can’t help but want to know more about them. So here’s a peek into the band. Tilu starts with three young kids who just love to play music together while improving their music playing techniques through exposure to different musical genres such as jazz, R & B and funk. From a three-piece band they have expanded to a six-piece band. They’ve gathered quite a reputation as a young local jazz group. They have released a full-length album under KRU Studios. Tilu means “3” in bahasa Sunda and they are an experimental, jazzy, love-pop band consisting of eight members. The music of the band is an extension of the members themselves, which is to add some colour into the local music scene. Tilu believes in making music that makes people want to stop wars and just get intoxicated by love, peace and freedom.

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