Monday, June 21, 2010

Swinging time for fans at ‘must-go’ KK jazz fest

KOTA KINABALU: For many among local music lovers, the Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival has become one of those events on their calendars marked as “must go”.

The just concluded annual music extravaganza did not disappoint the hundreds of jazz fans who braved rain to enjoy a variety of performances at Sutera Habour Marina, Golf and Country Club’s covered tennis court here.

The festival not only featured the main concerts on two nights, but also music and jazz workshops conducted by the invited artists.

This year, the organizers decided to bring it a few steps ahead and decided to host a boat-load of activities prior to the actual festival.

It started with the Sabah Jazz Talent Search competition, which was an effort to unearth local jazz talents and give them an opportunity to shine.

To cater for the many talents found, several fringe events were organized to provide an avenue for them to showcase what they have to offer.

With a slightly different setting from past years, this KKJF was packed with body-moving beats and music.

As in the words of Will Grealish of Mood Indigo, a UK group who performed on the second night of the festival, all the musicians tried to weave a tapestry of sounds in the festival.

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