Mathias Heise Quadrillion

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JAZZ BY THE BEACH STAGE – SUNDAY : 4th December 2016
9.45pm – 10.30pm

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Mathias Heise is one of very few jazz harmonica players in Denmark, blessed with an extraordinary musical talent of dimensions. In 2013, at the age of 20, Mathias became internationally recognized when he won the chromatic harmonica World Championship in Trossingen, Germany, and in January 2015, he was voted ‘New Jazz Star of The Year’ in Denmark.

Despite his young age, Mathias has already played with established names such as Niels Lan Doky, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Ira Coleman, and Danish jazz’ grand old man Hugo Rasmussen, among others. In 2012, he founded ‘Mathias Heise Quadrillion’ with Mads Christiansen (guitar), David Vang (bass) and Aksel Stadel Borum (drums) and released their debut album “Sudden Ascent” in May 2015 which was instantly picked as ‘Album of The Week’ by DR (Danish Broadcast Corporation) channel ‘P8 Jazz’.

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Mathias Heise Quadrillion’s unique sound is a combination of chromatic harmonica and new, updated jazz fusion. Jazz harmonies and improvisation are sophisticatedly fused with rock and funk music’s hard-hitting, primal beats into a euphoric, vibrant and very personal expression.

Mathias Heise Quadrillion’s appearance at The Penang island Jazz Festival is supported by The Embassy of Denmark, Danish Art Foundation, Jazz Danmark, DPA, Danish Jazz Experience, Ren Production CPH

Triple Standard

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JAZZ BY THE BEACH STAGE – SUNDAY : 4th December 2016
7.00pm – 7.45pm

triple-standardTriple Standard is a trio consisting of George Nagata on piano and beatbox, Daisuke Ito on vocals and beatbox, and Naoto Suzuki on guitar. The trio met back in 2012 for a spontaneous live session which was recorded and released as their debut album “First Encounter”.

When the album hit the streets of Japan, their fresh take on old standards was received warmly and sold out within a year. In the following years as the trio toured Japan, they developed new ideas and arrangements. Drawing inspiration and influences from post 80’s music, film soundtracks and a touch of Brazilian soul, George Nagata arranged songs for the trio’s second album “Second Encounter” with a touch of modern day interpretation to break through music genre barriers.

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Triple Standard, in their own unique configuration and approach, continues to keep on redefining the standards with their spirit of interpretation and improvisation.

Triple Standard’s appearance at The Penang island Jazz Festival is supported by The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur

 

 

 

Rafal Sarnecki Quintet

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JAZZ BY THE BEACH STAGE – SUNDAY : 4th December 2016
7.55pm – 8.40pm

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Originally from Warsaw, Poland, Rafał Sarnecki is a jazz guitarist and composer currently living in New York. He started to gain recognition in Europe after his success at the International Jazz Guitar Competition – Guitar City 2002 in Warsaw which he won. In 2005 he moved to New York where he received a scholarship at the Jazz and Contemporary Music program at the New School University in Manhattan where he got his undergraduate degree in 2008 and in 2010 he received his MA degree in jazz performance from the Queens College CUNY.

As a leader of his own jazz projects Rafał has performed in clubs and festivals in numerous countries. He has recorded and released 3 albums as a leader and his debut album “Song From a New Place” (2008) was nominated for the Fryderyk 2009 Award, the Polish equivalent of a Grammy.

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The Rafal Sarnecki Quintet is a Polish/Malaysian collaboration with other members of the band being Piotr Wrombel (piano/keyboards), Wojciech Pulcyn (bass), Julian Chan (saxophones) and KJ Wong (drums.

Rafal Sarnecki Quintet’s appearance at The Penang island Jazz Festival is supported by The Embassy of The Republic of Poland and, Jazz Polsku

 

 

 

Nicole Johaenntgen & Peter Finc

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JAZZ BY THE BEACH STAGE – SUNDAY : 4th December 2016
8.50pm – 9.35pm

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At the age of six, Nicole Johänntgen started classical piano lessons and soon after discovered her passion for the saxophone. Her early stage experiences was with her father’s band – “Joe Fuchs Band” at the age of thirteen. She went on to study jazz saxophone, composition and arrangement in Mannheim. Nicole has toured extensively and has released six albums. Multi-instrumentalist, Peter Finc writes, produces, records and releases his own music on his label “DON`T ASK WHY RECORDS”.

Nicole and Peter met through a common friend in Zurich. This was the starting point to many good talks about music and life which led to Peter inviting Nicole as a special guest to perform in the sweet, tiny and fully packed “Bar Enge” in Zurich where the musical chemistry sparked and became an incredible evening of beautiful music filled with good emotions on which they decided to carry on developing this musical relationship that spawned a number of gigs and a German tour where they recorded and produced a live album.

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Nicole Johänntgen and Peter Finc’s appearance at The Penang island Jazz Festival is supported by The Embassy of Switzerland, D’Addario Woodwinds and Sennheiser

Vladmir Cetkar

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JAZZ BY THE BEACH STAGE – SUNDAY : 4th December 2016
10.40pm – 11.25pm

vladmir-cetkar-1During his early growing years, Macedonian born, Vladimir Cetkar played the violin. Greatly influenced by jazz, funk, soul and disco bands and musicians of the ‘80s, he switched to the guitar and later in life went to Berklee College of Music where he focused on contemporary writing and production with the jazz guitar as his main instrument.

With his passion, energy and diverse musical persona, Vladimir Cetkar’s hallmark is his ability to seamlessly combine his many talents as a guitarist, vocalist, arranger, composer and producer of the highest order.

The evident musical influences may transport you back in time to the musical era when bands like Chic and Earth Wind and Fire ruled the musical cosmos. But Vladimir’s new sound, original music expression, and contemporary production return you to the present, and portend a strong future for this genre of music.

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Vladimir has released two albums and his latest release can be described as his original music cocktail, incorporating a pristine distillate of the Jazz, Pop, Soul and Disco sounds of the late 70’s and early 80’s, along with a hint of what’s to come.

Joining Vladimir on stage are Benno Sattler on drums and Marcus Ho on bass.

Vladimir Cetkar’s appearance at The Penang island Jazz Festival is supported by The Macedonian Ministry of Culture

Marutyri

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JAZZ BY THE BEACH STAGE – SATURDAY : 3rd December 2016
10.40pm – 11.25pm

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A Rotterdam based, fusion band, Marutyri’s deep and solid grooves, intense harmonies, story telling solos and the well-arranged parts, make them unique in today’s tougher-than-ever music world.

The founders of the band became friends back in 2011 whilst studying at Codarts – the conservatory of Rotterdam. After individually going through various different bands and projects, they decided to team up, make and produce their own fusion style music.

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Formed in September 2014, the band got off to a flying start when they released their first EP “The First One” and in the following year (2015), performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, won the prestigious NPO Radio 6 Soul & Jazz Award for Best Talent and were invited a number of times to appear on the popular Dutch TV-show “De Wereld Draait Door”. Their 2nd EP “The Tribe” was released in June 2015 to critical acclaim and on April 7th 2016, the band released their album: “Inner Movements”.

Marutyri is Rik van der Ouw (bass guitar, synth bass), Ruud van Halder (guitars), Thijmen Oberink (keyboards), Maurice Slot (drums), Roy Gielesen (percussions), Dennis te Woerd (tenor saxophone), Floris Windey (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Yiannis Marinos (trombone).

Marutyri’s appearance at The Penang island Jazz Festival is supported by Fonds Podium Kunsten

Timo Vollbrecht – Fly Magic

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JAZZ BY THE BEACH STAGE – SATURDAY : 3rd December 2016
8.50pm – 9.35pm

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Saxophonist, Timo Vollbrecht creates his musical stories right at the explosive intersection of various musical styles and cultural diversity. With his quartet FLY MAGIC, he merges elements from contemporary jazz, post-rock, minimalism, new music and experimental soundscapes and through this confluence of influences, the music of Timo Vollbrecht manages to transcend the limitations of musical genres.

Together with his longtime partner-in-crime, German-Japanese guitarist Keisuke Matsuno, he formed an ensemble that draws from the urban sounds of their cities Berlin and New York. Completing this line up is one of New York’s most in demand bass players and a graduate from Manhattan School of Music – Martin Nevin and Berlin-based drummer Sebastian Merk, a professor for jazz drums at the Conservatory in Dresden.

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Their widely celebrated album, Fly Magic, was released in March 2016 and was subsequently elected Jazz Album of the Week by Germany’s public radio NDR.

Timo Vollbrecht Fly Magic’s appearance at The Penang island Jazz Festival is supported by Goethe Institut Malaysia

Kim Oki Band

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JAZZ BY THE BEACH STAGE – SATURDAY : 3rd December 2016
7.00pm – 7.45pm

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“His appearance is an achievement of development of Korean jazz which no one had predicted, and his album will be a classic of Korean jazz.” Duk Ho Hwang, Music Critic

Saxophonist Kim Oki is the shorter version of the name, Okinawa Kim, a nickname which YoungHoon Kim gave himself as he loves the view and the people of Okinawa in Japan who believe in freedom and peace. In his younger days, Kim was a b boy and also a back-up dancer for some famous Korean Artists like Sech Kies, Ku Bon Seung, etc. and was into rock and hip hop music.

In 2009, Kim Oki started to play saxophone in some small clubs and was a member of the improvisation project, SMFM, led by percussionist Jae Chun Park. It was there that Oki met bass player Sung Bae Kim and they founded an independent label called ILIL Sound.

In June 2009, ILIL Sound published Kim Oki’s first album – “Cherubim’s Wrath” which was based on the novel “The Ball Shot By A Midget” written by Joe Sae Hee. The album received the Best Jazz and Crossover performance of Korean Music Award in the same year.

Kim Oki’s style of music has been describe as “unpredictable avant garde” music which he uses to tell interpret stories close to his heart. His second album “Tumultuous Time Travel” is about historical events in Korea that are forced to be erased but shouldn’t be erased.

Beside Kim Oki on saxophone, the other members of the band are Wonsool Lee (bass), Ji Ha Park (piri, taepeongso, voice) and Gyujae Lee (flute)

Joshua Davis

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JAZZ BY THE BEACH STAGE – SATURDAY : 3rd December 2016
9.45pm – 10.30pm

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Speaking or singing, the voice of Joshua Davis is a disarming instrument: weathered and warm, as capable of conjuring confessional intimacy on a global stage as it is of making a small room, well off the beaten path, resonate with startling urgency and power. Couple it with an earnest poetic sensibility, a boundless work ethic, and an uncanny gift for connecting with audiences spanning generations.

joshua-davisOver the past fifteen years, Michigan-based Davis has honed an impressive range of skills – songwriter, bandleader, guitarist, and vocalist among them – in the most honest possible fashion exploring the common thread connecting folk, blues, jazz, ragtime, and country forms – discovering his personal perspective as a composer in the process. His versatility and ravenous musical curiosity has resulted in a divergent output, from his five albums with roots rock outfit Steppin’ In It to the vintage swing styles documented on the album he recorded with Shout Sister Shout. But Davis’s sensibility shines brightest on his trio of solo albums, each a thoughtful dispatch on life, love, change, and growth, culminating with 2013’s A Miracle of Birds.

Joshua’s rise to international fame came when he auditioned for the 8th season (2015) of “The Voice”. From his first performance, Davis triumphed, and over the course of the season, his rootsy, sincere approach emerged as a refreshing alternative and propelled him all the way to finals. Joshua is currently working on a new album which will be released soon.

James Boyle Trio feat. Liyana Fizi & Bihzhu

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JAZZ BY THE BEACH STAGE – SATURDAY : 3rd December 2016
7.55pm – 8.40pm

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A Penang Island Jazz Festival initiative – The James Boyle Trio featuring Liyana Fizi and Bihzhu will be performing songs from one of Penang’s most illustrious musical sons – The Late Jimmy Boyle. A rather special segment of this year’s festival’s programme as it will be “James Boyle playing the songs of Jimmy Boyle” – a son’s tribute to his father’s music!

Anchoring the trio is one of Malaysia’s most respected and revered arrangers/bass players in the Malaysian music industry since the 1980s – Ruslan Imam. On drums is his son Ruvi Ruslan, a music composition graduate from UiTM who is the Founder “No Noise Percussion” and also plays drums for “Go Gerila!” Aizat Amdan, Amir Jahari amongst others.

On the piano is Boh Cameronian Award winning Music Director, James P.S. Boyle, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and music lecturer at ASWARA who has performed in various Jazz festivals in the Asian region. An active composer in the corporate and theatre world, James is a Certified Movie director and a Line Producer from the Hollywood Film Institute and also the author of ‘Putera Puteri The Music and the legacy of Jimmy Boyle’.

Joining the Trio are two very talented Vocalists who have made incredible strides not only in the local music industry but have performed in international music festivals in Korea and China – composer, singer/songwriter Liyana Fizi and Penang’s own songbird – Bihzhu.

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