Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Promising stars to shine at Kota Kinabalu jazz fest

KOTA KINABALU: Highly rated local and international jazz artistes will take to the stage at the 7th KK Jazz festival here.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu (RCKK) and the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah, the annual event will be held on Friday and Saturday at the covered tennis court of the Sutera Harbour Marina Golf and Country Club.

Among the artistes are Albert Sirimal, Kekko Fornarelli Trio (Italy), Moscow Fish (Canada-Thailand), Shanghai Jazz Redefined with Janet Lee (Malaysia), Johnny Alegre Trio (the Philippines), Mia Palencia in Good Company (Australia) and Human Folk (the Philippines).

The event is supported by the Sabah Tourism, state Culture and Environment Ministry, Sabah Tourism Board and Yayasan Sime Darby.

"Jazz and all art is an essential part of the human experience. A basic understanding and appreciation of music will broaden one's character and deepen the connection with those around us," said state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun during a courtesy visit by the festival's organising committee at his office on Monday.

Organising committee chairman Jack Ong, in thanking the state and its agencies for supporting the festival said more than 4,000 people came to the jazz fest in 2011.

"This year, KK Jazz Festival promises to be another ground-breaking experience not to be missed by music lovers from all over the world.

"Acknowledging the immense talent of Sabah people, KKJF serves as a stage in showcasing local artistes. The selected bands of this year's Sabah Jazz Talent Search are Funkafize, Jazz United, Mega Boogie Blues Buster and singer Eilvane Chieng."