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Penang Island Jazz Festival 2016

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12 + 1 Penang Island Jazz Festival
Bayview Beach Resort/Various Venues
jny: Penang, Malaysia
December 1-4, 2016

A tongue-in-cheek marketing ploy, or fear of inviting disaster? The Malaysians are doubtless no more or no less suspicious than folk in most places, but the organizers of the 12th + 1 Penang Island ...

Francesca Han: Dream Episodes, Blue Suns, Icarus

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A new Francesca Han recording is something to get excited about. The pianist's spirited trio/quartet outing Illusion (Audioguy Records, 2012) and the bewitching solo effort Ascetic (Audioguy Records, 2012)--one of the finest solo piano jazz albums of recent years--were outstanding examples of her skills as a composer, bandleader and improviser. Now, in a relatively short space ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Paul Augustin: Putting Penang On The Jazz Map

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Most jazz festival directors would agree that survival is the name of the game in the first years. Unless a festival has the financial backing of a major sponsor it can be a knife edge existence attempting to rustle up private sponsorship and the kind of good will that is required in abundance to meet the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Francesca Han: Ascetic

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Coming just a few months after the striking Illusion (Audioguy, 2012)--a vibrant trio recording featuring guest trumpeter Ralph Alessi--pianist Francesca Han's first recorded foray into the world of solo piano reveals a musician in a rich vein of form indeed. Stemming from the Illusion sessions, eight of the ten tracks are the fruit of an impromptu ...

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Francesca Han: Right Music, Right Time

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Korea has never been more fashionable, leading the way in technological advances and dictating hair styles, television viewing, eye shape and pop music trends across Asia and beyond. The mindboggling response to singer PSY's song “Gangnam Style," with over a billion hits on You Tube, epitomizes the phenomena of the so-called “Korean Wave." Fewer people, inevitably, ...

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Francesca Han: Illusion

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Pianist Francesca Han's music contains a certain duality. She's a classical and improvising jazz pianist with one foot in the jazz tradition and the other wedged firmly in the door of contemporary jazz. An established jazz musician in South Korea, Han acquired new vocabulary studying and playing in New York, where she also collaborated with composer ...

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Penang Island Jazz Festival 2012

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9th Penang Island Jazz Festival
Bayview Hotel
Penang, Malaysia
November 29--December 2, 2012

From pickup at the airport at 10.30pm to personal send-off five days later at 4.00am, Paul Augustin, the Director of the Penang Island Jazz Festival, is what you could call the perfect host. It's this personal touch--instilled in the festival staff's ...

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Penang Island Jazz Festial To Host Guitar Legend Martin Taylor

Penang Island Jazz Festial To Host Guitar Legend Martin Taylor

The Penang Island Jazz Festival—one of the most eagerly awaited events in the Asian jazz calendar— is back for its 9th edition from the 29th November to the 2nd December. On the 1st and 2nd December the main stage in the tropical, beachfront grounds of the Bayview Hotel will play host to eight international acts of ...

Various Artists: Into the Light - Korean Music III - Traditional Music & Korean Jazz

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Various Artists

Into the Light: Korean Music III: Traditional Music & Korean Jazz

KAMS
2010

Although the differences in beat, rhythm and harmony that separate traditional Korean music and jazz may partially explain why jazz has been approached only relatively recently in Korea, in fact Korean traditional musicians ...