Due to circumstances beyond control, we regret to announce that the Penang Island Jazz Festival will be cancelled this year.

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Fringe 2017 – Performers

Cats in Love

Like every other story of hopes and dreams, CATS IN LOVE began life as a rock band hell-bent on getting its brand of retro rock out to the world. Customary with rock music from the golden era of the genre – 60s and 70s – CATS IN LOVE throws in smatterings of all things that have come to define classic rock music, so there’ll be equal amounts of rock, blues, prog, funk, pop, country and jazz.

Consisting of Lohan (guitars, vocals), Wong (keys), Zedes (bass) and Ash (drums), the band is on the cusp of releasing its debut album, “No Paws For Regret”.



# IV (Sharp Four) is a Jazz rock band formed in 2013. The members of the band are guitarist Tommy Chan, pianist Tong Sin Ee, bassist H’ng Lih and drummer Ong Chong Han. Performing mainly their own original compositions,the band’s sound is a blend of progressive rock, classical, pop and jazz musical idioms.


Azmyl Yunor

Azmyl, who has dabbled in folk rock, punk, free-form instrumentals and experimental noise rock for the past two decades, is the only Malaysian independent/underground artist (besides the legendary P. Ramlee) to have a musical theatre staged about him (2013’s “Something I Wrote”). A founding member of seminal bands such as Ben’s Bitches, The Maharajah Commission and Ciplak, Azmyl, who combines angst, wit, and humility seamlessly in his socially-aware bi-lingual songs, has since 1997 released his own recordings, published research writing on music subcultures, moral panics & cultural politics and hosts his own radio show on alternative country music.


Brendan De Cruz

No stranger to the independent scene, singer-songwriter Brendan de Cruz, is known for his personal takes on popular covers, and the slit-wristing emotions expressed through his own tunes. Following his successful debut EP “Even So” in September 2016, Brendan, who’s strong vocals make up for his seemingly reserved personality, released his second EP, another trade mark heartstring-tugging record, on a slightly darker level, mastered by internationally renowned mastering engineer, Pete Maher – “Black” in August 2017.


Electro Salmon

When Sean Choon (drums) and Jaime Gunter (bass) of Volatile banded together with childhood friends, Kishan Nadesh (guitar), Rebecca Vega (vocals) and Reuben Tor (keyboards), they unleashed the funky fresh magic of Electro Salmon. Laying down some fresh grooves with a generous helping of old school funk, the band play their own primo brand of vintage funk and reworked pop.


HYS Sax Quartet

The HYS Sax Quartet was established 2 years ago under the Hui Yin Seh Buddhist Society Big band lead by Isaac Teh Yi. The young quartet consisting of Teh Zhi Qi, Ng Jing Ling, Lim Jun Shen and Shong Yi Xian play a wide variety of their own arrangements, ranging from classics to contemporary music.



Consisting of six members – Henderson Ooi (Bass), Lim Yuin Shing (Keyboard), Ismail (Drum) , Sven Hunold (Guitar), Lim Jun Shen (Saxophone), Ooi Hui Kee (Vocal), J.O.N. (Jazz or No) combo was formed in August 2016. Sharing a common passion for making music, the members who come from different occupational backgrounds, have performed in a number of events all over Penang.



Spawned out of their love for funky lines and groovy beats, the band goes by a name that was conceived out of their obsession for the TV series “Breaking Bad”. With Jay on electric guitar and vocals, Jordan on drums and Farid on the bass, the trio who back a number of local artistes such as Daniel C and Viv Adram, is an amalgam of different influences and styles.


Neon Waves

Neon Waves got together early this year and made their debut performance at Little Penang Street Market (LPSM). The response to their performance encouraged them to continue and the Duo – Mable (keyboards and vocals) and Ahlleenh (vocals), who won first place at the 2017 Busking competition, continued to build up their repertoire experimenting with their own arrangements of a wide variety of songs from various genres.


Eilvane Trio

Singer-songwriter from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Eilvane, has been in the Kota Kinabalu, Sabah music scene since 2012, when she came out second in the very first Unplugged Acoustic Competition. In 2013, she won the KK Jazz Talent Search in 2013, and has then been featured twice at the KK Jazz Festival. Joining her onstage are seasoned keyboardist and music arranger Damian Paul @ Ed and saxophonist Khairul Azree. The trio, who cover a wide selection of jazz and contemporary musical styles, perform regularly at SOULed OUT Kota Kinabalu.