Saturday, June 18, 2011

Japanese pianist to give special performance at KK Jazz Festival

KOTA KINABALU: Renowned Japanese pianist Mariko Hatta will render a special performance on the second day of the fifth KK Jazz Festival tonight, as part of her goodwill trip to the State.

Her first piece entitled, ‘Mariko’, aims to raise awareness for the plight of the orang utans of Sabah, while the second piece called ‘Thank You Malaysia’, expresses appreciation for the support shown to Japanese tsunami victims during the recent catastrophy.

Organizing chairman Jack Ong during a press conference, before the first day of the festival commenced last night said telecommunication company DiGi is sponsoring four units of blackberry handphones as prizes for the lucky draw for both nights.

“We bring jazz music to Sabahans for the fifth year and hope that this musical genre will unite all Jazz lovers.

“We also encourage people to come as this festival is about raising money for installing water gravity projects in the rural areas of Sabah,” he said.

Last night, local bands Elixir, Agung Beat, Momain Blues and Spice of Tones performed with Juzzie Smith from Australia, Indonesian Idol, Lucky and WVC Trio from the USA starting from 7pm until midnight.

Tonight, the winners of the Sabah Jazz Talent show, SIA Little Jazz, will be performing with other international and local Jazz bands such as the Aseana Precussion Unit from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Chinese Bossa Nova singer Z Yan and the Benjamin Lackner Trio of Germany.

Juzzie and Elixir will be performing again tonight.

According to Ong, as with previous years, food stalls and sponsors’ booths would be set up at the venue for the enjoyment of festival goers.

Members of the public are encouraged to carpool and to be at the venue, the covered tennis court, Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf and Country Club, early due to limited parking space.


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