Monday, December 2, 2013

Singapore International Jazz Festival 2014

The Singapore International Jazz Festival 2014 a.k.a Sing Jazz is set to kick off 27 February through 2 March 2014 at Marina Bay Sands. Featuring jazz and R&B legends Jamie Cullum, Natalie Cole, James Morrison, India Arie and Incognito, together with upcoming international stars such as Gregory Porter, Allen Stone and Dirty Loops, all performing alongside a host of regional and local jazz icons, the likes of Glenn Fredly, Jeremy Monteiro, Melissa Tham and Alemay Fernandez, Sing Jazz is slated to be Singapore’s largest ever jazz and jazz-influenced music festival.

Organised by Orbis Festival Productions, in partnership with Marina Bay Sands (the Official Venue
Partner) and the Java International Jazz Festival (‘Java Jazz’), Sing Jazz is set to invigorate the local jazz and music scene, boosting the following for this most creative and inspiring of live music forms, while at
the same time helping to nurture and encourage the development of home-grown jazz talent.

The Festival kicks off with Jamie Cullum headlining an opening gala performance on 27 February at the Grand Theatre. This will be followed by three days of back-to-back performances by some of the biggest
names in jazz and R&B, at the main stage of the outdoor Event Plaza. Meanwhile, satellite stages situated throughout the destination will showcase the wealth of regional and local talent, and provide the opportunity for jamming late into the night, so capturing the true essence of live jazz.

“The music scene in Singapore is refreshingly eclectic,” says David Lyndon Smith, Artistic Director of Orbis Festival Productions and professional orchestral musician himself. “The community of jazz-lovers here has been growing steadily, evident from the increased following and appreciation of live jazz over recent years. Our aim is for Sing Jazz to further energise this process and establish itself as Singapore’s definitive platform for the exposition of jazz in all its forms, showcasing both the music and its exponents who, for their spontaneous creativity, must surely rank among the most talented of musical artists”.

The Festival also takes seriously its social and developmental mission of nurturing emerging jazz talent in Singapore and the region. Sing Jazz will host clinics led by Festival artists, and facilitate an exchange of local talent with its counterpart festival, Java Jazz. It will also pledge $1 from each commercial ticket sale towards the Foundation of Arts & Social Enterprise’s on-going training and grooming of our cadre of up-and-coming jazz musicians. Moreover, Orbis Festival Productions is committed to founding a residential ‘Jazz Academy’ that will see leading exponents of the art tutoring and mentoring aspiring young jazz artists.

“Marina Bay Sands in collaboration with Orbis Festival Productions is excited to present Sing Jazz with
renowned international jazz artists. Our unique and versatile property will provide the perfect setting for the diverse international, regional and local talent appearing at Sing Jazz,” added Karen Mosley, Executive Director of Entertainment at Marina Bay Sands.

“Over the years, Singapore has risen to prominence as a regional centre of excellence in the performing arts”, says Mr. Michael Tay, Executive Director for the Foundation of the Arts & Social Enterprise. “Where jazz is concerned, we do have some home-grown talent who have gained international recognition and contribute actively to an increasingly vibrant jazz scene here - – our jazz 'ecosystem'. However, there is much more to be done. I applaud Sing Jazz’s social mission, to help cultivate our pool of local jazz artists through its contribution to the Foundation, enabling jazz scholarships for our promising talent and support for their participation at festivals around the world. This is a pioneering step, one that we hope will help define Singapore as a nucleus for jazz in Asia, and therefore one on which the Foundation is delighted to collaborate.”

“Java Jazz already attracts well over 100,000 attendees each year to Indonesia. Together with Sing Jazz, we intend to make SE Asia the world’s premiere jazz destination,” says Peter Gontha of Java Jazz. “Our distinctive offerings enable us to showcase international and regional jazz at its very best, albeit with a uniquely Asian vibe.”

Tickets for Sing Jazz are on sale from Saturday, 30 November 2013. Audiences will be treated to a concert at Marina Bay Sands Grand Theatre on 29 November by British acid jazz icons Incognito, who will also return to perform among the other award-winning artists on the stages of Sing Jazz 2014 in February.

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Singapore International Jazz Festival 2014
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