Tuesday, April 08, 2014

News: KL International Jazz Fest 2014 is back!

Jazz lovers! Take note. Keep your 17 & 18 May free for the 2014 installation of KL International Jazz Festival! Support!

Diane Schuur

Vocalist/pianist Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. A longtime disciple of Dinah Washington and other legendary jazz singers of the ‘40s and ‘50s, Schuur has built a stellar career by embracing not only the jazz of her parents’ generation, but also the pop music of her own youth during the late 1950s ...

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Keiko Matsui

Keiko Matsui is a citizen of the world. She tours relentlessly and has brought her music to virtually every corner of the globe. Her music transcends boundary and her unique melting pot of musical influences have garnered her a devout international following. “Music has no borders and it creates a oneness among people,” confides the ...

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Tizer Quartet

Driven by an explosive mix of jazz, rock, classical, jam band influences and Afro Cuban and world rhythms, Downbeat—the first studio album by TIZER, a multi-cultural band led by Boulder, CO native, keyboardist/composer Lao Tizer—throws down a high powered collection of 12 brand-new originals on this scintillating release of fresh instrumental music from one of ...

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John Beasley

Grammy-nominated recording artist John Beasley’s music career spans three decades.  LA Times jazz critic Bill Kohlhaasee describes Beasley’s music and playing as “a variety of generational influences, incorporating the emphatic chordal clusters of Herbie Hancock, the rhythmic quirkiness of Monk and the lush intelligence of Art Tatum into a highly refined personal voice.” His credits cross the ...

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Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik

Michaela Rabitsch, singer, composer and Austria’s only female top jazz trumpet player is called a modern day female Chet Baker by the US magazine Jazzscene. Michaela and her ingenious partner, composer and incredible fluid guitarist Robert Pawlik present “Voyagers“, their 4th common CD and a program, inspired by their numerous tours of the last years ...

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Phillippe Sellam Trio

Philippe Sellam was born on the 24 of October in 1960 in Alger, Algeria. He is living in Paris as a musician and composer. He plays the alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baryton saxophone, and soprano saxophone. He has played with Michel Petruciani, Paco Sery group (Joe Zawinul drummer), Michel Portal, Roy Hargrove, Andy Emler, Mino Cinelu, Glenn Ferris, Maraca ...

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Dominique di Piazza with Beyond & Blues Quartet

Dominique Di Piazza was born in Lyon, France, with Sicilian ancestry and a gypsy stepfather. He started playing electric bass in 1979. After some time, he managed to free himself from the pervasive influence that Jaco Pastorius had over most bassists at the time, by creating his own style. Self-taught, he added an extra high ...

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Events: Sarawak street arts carnival

Sarawak Street Arts Carnival
26-27 April 2014
Kuching Waterfront

Be there!
Wish we were there too!

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

World News: Search for BEST BAND IN THE WORLD this weekend!


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Watch the concerts on LIVESTREAM Saturday 8th of February: http://www.gbob.livebox.me/

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Follow the World Finalists as they run into temples, get chased by elephants, tame tigers, and ROCK the city of Chiang Mai!! Be there if you dare!! 

Presenting the World Finalists:

The Crawford Brothers (Australia)
Avante Guarden (Bahamas)
Vox Mira (Belarus)
Doctor Victor (Czech Republic)
Firekind (England)
Bombing the Avenue (Greece)
The Nose (Malaysia)
Joint Family Internationale (Nepal)
Cosmic Carnival (Netherlands)
Adrenaline Band (Nigeria)
Dudes (Norway)
RushK (Pakistan)
Roots of Nature (Philippines)
Need (Thailand)
Seven Pounds (Ukraine)
Zamazi (Vietnam)

Livestreaming Schedule Worldwide:


Bahamas --- 6:00 AM Start
United Kingdom --- 11:00 AM Start
Czech, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway --- 12:00 NN Start
Greece, Moldova, Ukraine --- 1:00 PM Start
Belarus --- 2:00 PM Start
Pakistan --- 4:00 PM Start
India --- 4:30 PM Start
Nepal --- 4:45 PM Start
Thailand, Vietnam --- 6:00 PM Start
Malaysia, Philippines --- 7:00 PM Start
Australia --- 9:00 PM Start

Join in and support your band! Forward this message to your friends:

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The GBOB World Final Concert will be happening at the Central Festival Chiang Mai, 6PM Start. The concert is FREE and is sponsored by:

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Doppel Indie Picks: Najwa releases new EP 'Aurora' & original version of 'Say Something' by Ian Axel


DoPPelganger Indie Picks is a tradition and we usually select two artistes to share with you, our readers. So in this issue, we're pleased to share with you two artistes - NAJWA, a Malaysian singer songwriter now based in America and IAN AXEL (below) of A GREAT BIG WORLD with their re-recorded song "Say Something" with Christina Aguilera. We share a video of an earlier concert by Ian Axel below. Enjoy!

 Source Wikipedia: "Say Something" is a song by American recording artist Ian Axel, taken from his solo album This Is the New Year (2011). On September 3, 2013, Epic Records released it as a single from Is There Anybody Out There? by duo A Great Big World, in which Axel is a member. Following its usage on American reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance, the track gained attention from singer Christina Aguilera, who wanted to be featured on the song. Quickly afterwards, Aguilera appeared on the re-recorded version of "Say Something", released on November 4, 2013.
A music video for the Aguilera re-recorded version was released on November 19, 2013. It features the trio singing as people "act out the heartbreaking lyrics." To further promote "Say Something", A Great Big World performed the track on The Voice and at the American Music Awards of 2013 with Aguilera; meanwhile the solo version was performed on the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
image courtesy: +najwamahiaddin 

 We were recently contacted by the publicist for NAJWA, an independent songstress now based in New York City. Well, we're stoked to share that her new release will soon drop 10 Feb. We'll be right back! Meanwhile, freshen up again with her music video below, "GOT TO GO". 


March 5th, 2014 at 12:00AM

New York, NY (February 3, 2014) – Malaysian singer-songwriter Najwa, most well known for her award-winning R&B/retro pop single “Got To Go” (view video below), will digitally release her new EP Aurora on March 5th. The EP’s folk/electronic bonus track, “Seri Mersing” will be available digitally on February 10th wherever music is sold online.   

 Speaking of “Seri Mersing”, the only non-English track on the EP which boldly manipulates the Johorian ghazal into an unconventional form, Najwa says, “Going to Berklee and learning about everyone’s different culture and music has made me realized that as a Malaysian I too have a unique identity to share with the world. Why should I be ashamed of my heritage? There’s always a sense of pride when I sing my folk songs here and hearing someone who doesn’t speak the language enjoy the melody regardless.”

Aurora embraces a minimalistic electronic approach and marks a drastic departure from Najwa’s vintage R&B aesthetics. The sounds are still soulful, just electronically based. Collaborating with producer Harsya Wahono, she notes, “The songs can acoustically stand on their own as I will always be a singer-songwriter at heart. They are just stripped down into an electronic setting to match the contemporary style that I am leaning towards from being inspired by James Blake and Little Dragon.” The EP comes nearly three years after the release of her debut album Innocent soul in 2011, for which she won Best Local English Song and Best New Artiste at AIM (Malaysian Music Industry Awards).

Aurora is digitally self-released under Najwa’s own record label, Nada Biru Muzik. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Lover
2. Before
3. Floatin’
4. Wonderland
5. Seri Mersing - Bonus track

Currently New York based, Najwa will be performing at a select few NY dates, with her first headlining performance on March 28 at Ella Lounge. Tickets: http://bit.ly/1aE61LE

About Najwa:
It all started with a shade of black, and then there was no turning back. A multiple award winning singer-songwriter, New York based Najwa is returning from her three year hiatus with a darker undertone in her music, experimenting with somber and minimalistic echoes over the usual warm piano accompaniments.  Thus the Aurora EP is born- her sounds shamelessly stripped down into a bare electronic setting, her soul’s deepest shadows unveiled.

Perhaps it was the barren winters of Boston, having spent the last three years pursuing her music degree at Berklee College of Music. Switching her playlist from Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Billie Holiday to the likes of Little Dragon, Evy Jake and James Blake while braving the isolated icy paths far away from home may have had a little something to do with it.  A drastic departure from her debut R&B/neo-soul album Innocent Soul back in 2011, Aurora seeks to reaffirm her Malaysian roots by blending traditional elements with a more current soundtrack. Najwa’s first single off Aurora, “Seri Mersing”, boldly weaves the ancestral ghazal folk song into a contemporary orchestration- intimating a sacrilegious cultural intercross of the old and new. The single is set for release this February, followed by the EP release in March.

For more information visit:

For press/booking inquiries, contact hananadabirumuzik@gmail.com.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DoPPel Music World News: Open mics & Live Music Venues in Malaysia, music news & more!

January 2014 Edition : www.doppelgangerkl.blogspot.com

Want to attend an open mic but where??? 

So you've written some materials and want to explore how a live audience reacts to it.

So you attend an open mic night. Watch the people who go up on stage. Watch the audience.

And decide, hey, it'll be my turn next!

Here's a guide to your journey, inspired by an email we received from Ashida (who's soon to launch her EP) - asking about open mics in KL!

Useful links:
Open mic events in KL & PJ, Malaysia

- a website that lists all the open mics around town. It's managed by singer songwriter Shaneil Devaser.

http://www.moonshinekl.blogspot.com & Feedback Open Mic
- Singer/songwriter Reza Salleh organisers one of the longest standing open mic series in KL. Head to Facebook.com and search 'Feedback open mic'. Usually held at The Bee in Publika M'ont Kiara or Jaya One in Petaling Jaya, Feedback happens regularly and is organised by Moonshine in collaboration with The Bee.
- Kudos to singer/songwriter Bryan Gomez, Mer-day-kar-ya is a hive for independent musicians, writers and artists to converge. This is one of the more active venues in town for live music. Book your open mic here at their website.
http://www.amritasoon.com & Treehouse Open Mic

- Singer/songwriter Amrita Soon organises a platform for teenagers to come and showcase their talents. No smoking, and not during school days. Open to those who: Sing, Write songs, Play an instrument, Recite poetry, or Tell jokes... Usually held at Paradox Cafe in Bandar Utama area in Kuala Lumpur.

- Guitarist/Educator, Az Samad hosted a series of open mic nights in collaboration with We Are Malaysian Made! at The Venue, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur in 2012.

A Directory to Live Music Venues in Malaysia

Live Music Venues in KL, Malaysia
- KL's legendary live gastro jazz bar is an institution! Founded in 1998 by Sarawakian born-US trained classical pianist Evelyn Hii, this once humble establishment located five doors from it’s original home has now become an institution in KL. It’s stage has seen the likes of Malaysia’s top singers and musicians and the region’s best, not excluding an impressive lineup of international acts over the years and most importantly, the watering hole of choices for KL’s intellectual, cultural, social and corporate elite.

Rumah Api is available for rent and shows can start as early as 8am but should stop before 12pm. The owners provide a show space with Complete PA system, mic and backline AND it's fully air-conditioned. Bands, performer, artists, and organizations only have these rules to adhere to - NO HOMOPHOBICS, NO RACISM, NO SEXISM, NO AGEISM, NO VIOLENCE! 

- Alternate + collective runs this space located in the heart of Bukit Bintang (Starhill) in KL. A great venue for bands wishing to launch their EPs or get close to fans.
- Insider Space is a venue for live performance music, dance, theatre, comedy, screening, and press conference. As well as a space for dinner,birthday party ,indoor and community event,motivation and training classes. Located in Komplex Maluri, in KL. 

Live Music Venues in Penang, Malaysia

http://www.chinahouse.com.my & https://www.facebook.com/TheCanteenAtChinaHouse
- Curated by singer/songwriter Kien Lim, The Canteen hosts plenty of live music shows every single weekend. There, you'll catch bands like Viv Adram & The Northern Jazz Unit, The Rubberbands, Jip Jazz Trio, The Color Noise, Kien Lim himself and many others! 

- Owned by musician Cole Yew of legendary band Hui Se Di Dai, Soundmaker offers bands an uber cool space to make some real 'noise'!!!


International Music News

The Global Battle of the Bands championship is all about keeping music REAL! Bands get to perform 2 original songs within 8 minutes on stage, to a live audience. The World Finals takes place in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 8 February 2014, and will feature 18 bands from Malaysia (The Nose) Moldova, India, Thailand, UK, Norway, Australia, Belarus, Bahamas, Jamaica and many more! GBOB Malaysia was organised in collaboration with FEYST: Independent Youth Festival.

Midem, the leading international business event for the music ecosystem. Attend four action-packed days with more than 6,000 key international music professionals, cutting-edge tech companies, brands, ad agencies, and fresh artists. This, is held in Cannes, France.

http://www.feyst.com, http://www.facebook.com/indieyfest, http://www.twitter.com/indieyfest
The 6th installation of FEYST took place for the 2nd year at Publika M'ont Kiara. Themed 'MEET THE MAKERS', FEYST presented a 3-day free for all festival at Publika The Square and at Paradiso Lounge. It's tradition each year is to produce a compilation album featuring six singer songwriters via a live-recorded show at No Black Tie. The singer songwriters that were selected in 2013 were: Az Samad, Froya, Fazz (external link), Halfway Kings, Ministry of Blunk and Epy & Ardiv. Despite the dismal turn-up this year, and also a sad lack of sponsors, the FEYST platform brought together over 100 musicians who shared the stage and showcased their original material. FEYST is all about providing a space for young creative minds to network, mingle and co-create. The Organisers are planning a better festival for 2014. Visit the website, like its Facebook page and join its Facebook group for more updates. Email hello [at] indieyouthfest.com if you'd like to collaborate for its 2014 installation.

Monday, January 20, 2014

NEWS: Red Bull Music Academy - applications now open!

We received an email from Willy Tan of Red Bull Malaysia/Sg, inviting all of YOU folks to sign up.

The Red Bull Music Academy’s been right around the world over the last fifteen years, and this autumn it's heading to Tokyo. Once again, the invitation is open to up and coming music makers from every continent to apply to be a part of a musical odyssey. The application phase will kick off from January 15 and runs until March 18 2014.

Tokyo is one of the world's most iconic cities - and one with a truly unique and vibrant cultural landscape. From the equipment designers and game soundtracks that have had an inestimable influence on modern music, to its very own 'electric town' (Akihabara), to grand concert halls and the many small but well-stocked record stores that are a collector's dream – Tokyo is a place for the imagination to take flight. 

Visit the RBMAcademy website to get a 360 on what to expect at the Academy, answers to FAQs, and tracks from the latest Various Assets compilation. They'll also get a randomly-generated glimpse of the city the Academy will be visiting.

Ben Liew of JUICE Malaysia shares his thoughts of RBMA New York when he went last year as a media guest. He wrote about what he saw and experienced here: http://win.gs/RBMAReview. A good read, we assure you!  

Well, perhaps DoppelKL would be invited to attend so we can share our experience with you. LOL! Dang! Wishful thinking!

Share and #RBMATokyo #Doppelkl, TQ. 

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Gbob Malaysia returns after 3-year hiatus!

::: Event Update

GBOB Malaysia 2013/4 - Poster

::: Event Announcement

GBOB Malaysia FB Group

George Town, 22 December 2013 - Global Battle of the Bands - GBOB, the biggest music competition for bands playing their original songs live returns after a 3-year hiatus with the National Finals held in Penang for the very first time!
Held in collaboration with FEYST: Independent Youth Festival and promoted/organised by brand activation company, GoInternationalGroup.com, Malaysian bands are invited to enter by downloading the entry form from the website: www.feyst.com and emailing it to malaysia@gbob.com.

"Last weekend, we kicked off the search for one band to represent Malaysia at the Gbob World Finals in Chiangmai, Thailand next 8th February 2014," says event promoter, Jasmine Low. "This is a first for our company to support a band battle. We have showcased local musicians through our open mic gigs and festival platform, FEYST, but never a battle. So why the change in perception, you may ask?

We were introduced by Siva Chandran of BITE MY MUSIC (VIMA) to consider working with Founder/CEO Tore Lande of Gbob Worldwide. After several months of discussions, we have found that the global exposure offered by Gbob is unmatched. Also, we have had a good relationship with Gbob since its inception in Kuala Lumpur since 2009.
We support the values of Gbob because it focuses on two things; play your music live, play your own original songs!", Jasmine added.

Gbob Malaysia 2013/2014 is crowd-funded, and welcomes brand sponsors to come forth for a larger scaled 2014/2015 season.

Two qualifier events will take place on 4th & 5th January 2014 in George Town, Penang at local community spaces - Soundmaker Studio and Chinahouse. There will no other heats in any other states just for this year due to time constraints.

"We have been organising music gigs since 2002 and look forward to building Gbob Malaysia into a community event that showcases quality Malaysian bands. We respect it because bands are selected based on the quality of their songs and performance. It's definitely not a popularity contest," said the promoter. 

Join us and support as we grow this from the grassroots.


For more information:
Band inquiries: malaysia@gbob.com
Media inquiries: jasminelow@gointernationalgroup.com


Qualifier 1, 4 JAN 2014:
Soundmaker Studio, 60 Pengkalan Weld, George Town, Penang.
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/491780954272917/

Qualifier 2, 5 JAN 2014:
The Canteen @ Chinahouse, 153 & 155 Beach Street, George Town, Penang.
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/780676941947198/

Bands will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis, with a limit of 30 slots in total.
Participation fee costs RM98 per band.
Gig entry fee costs RM15 per person.

Judging will be final and will be based on a point system.
One winner will be selected from Qualifiers 1 & 2.

How to join? Read http://www.gbob.com/battle_how_to_join.html

Download entry form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AquO8_sVcCcodFIzdkUyOHJZY0Z6T0xjejBObnV3OXc&usp=sharing#gid=0

Rules: http://www.gbob.com/battle_rules.html
1. Bands to perform 2 original songs
2. Bands to perform live
3. Bands can comprise of ANY nationality, so long as majority are Malaysians

FAQS: http://www.gbob.com/battle_faq.html

Gbob World Grand Prize: http://www.gbob.com/about_gbob.html#thegrandprize

Gbob Malaysia Grand Prize:
// Flight + Accommodation in Green Lake Resort, Chiangmai, Thailand from 6-10 Feb 2014.
// Slot to perform at Grand Finals in Chiangmai, Thailand on 8 Feb 2014
// Other sponsored prizes

www.gbob.com | www.feyst.com | email: malaysia [at] gbob.com

Monday, December 30, 2013

NEWS 30 Dec 2013: Mr Gambus leaves jazz legacy

Excerpt from Malay Mail Online
Mr Gambus leaves jazz legacy
Acclaimed guitarist and lute player Farid Ali dies after long illness
Monday, December 30, 2013 - 13:10
FARID Ali, 50, was undoubtedly one of the finest jazz guitarists to emerge from this region in 30 years. It is he who brought the gambus to the world stage. The Singapore-born artist first laid his hands on a guitar at the age of 11 and soon started performing at talentimes and small parties.

His parents had hoped that he would pursue a career in law but that changed drastically when Farid was introduced to the music of George Benson through the album, Weekend in LA. This led him to discover other guitar greats including Chet Atkins, Earl Klugh, and Pat Metheny.

Later, his musical interests broadened but he was most keen on jazz, ethnic and world music.

Farid left for the US to receive academic training at the Guitar Institute of Technology in California, and at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

He continued his “practical educational journey” for the next nine years, performing in more than 40 music, arts and jazz festivals all over the world, including the Montreal Jazz Festival.

The catalyst to his career came in 1988, when he won the Best Arranger Award at the Curacao International Song Festival. Invitations to perform at other festivals around Europe and the US started flowing in.

Farid received several awards for his musical abilities including the Distant Accord Award, from the World Festival Organisation, and the World Peace Movement Award, which he received in Los Angeles.

When he returned to this region in the late 1980s, Farid started performed with many of the region’s top jazz musicians.

He carved a niche in the local jazz scene as a sideman in a number of jazz groups, one of which was Face First, the resident band at Barn Thai Jazzaraunt.

This venue also backed artists such as Eric Marienthal, Ernie Watts, Randy Bernsen, Phil Perry, Jeremy Monteiro and Sheila Majid, to name a few.

That’s when he started taking a bigger interest in the lute, famously known as the gambus in Malaysia. He had been exposed to this instrument at a young age by his parents who were from Muar where ghazal (traditional Malay music) was popular.

Farid performed on the gambus when he played with Bobby McFerrin at Singapore’s Esplanade in February 2004.

That momentous occasion inspired him to record his debut album featuring the gambus in Turning Point.

Farid started developing the concept of the “Jazz Gambus”.

It was a journey of self-discovery as Farid created an identity for himself — as an Asian and Muslim jazz guitarist of repute with a western outlook.

With the gambus, Farid combined both worlds with the incorporation of the traditional culture and modern elements.

Farid believed that by incorporating this ancient instrument into a modern context, the instrument would regain the appeal it deserved.

Turning Point opened up a whole new world for him and he starting performing on the gambus at various festivals including Taichung International Jazz Festival in Taiwan. He also performed at the opening ceremony for Asean heads of state at one of the Asean-China summits.

On top of which, he was invited to perform with 30 other ethnic musicians from all over the world at the prestigious Unesco 60th Anniversary Concert in 2005 in Paris, France.

In 2006, Farid initiated two projects. The first was the collaboration with Sabahan finger-style guitarist Roger Wang, which started in 2004 at The Penang Island Jazz Festival. They performed around Malaysia and subsequently released No Strings Attached.

Wang says: “I will always remember Farid for his music, generosity and enormous talent. He was a true musician.”

The second project was an album, Back To Basics, launched in 2006. The beginning of 2007 marked another milestone for Farid when he performed at the soirée for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

In 2008, Farid was ill but scored a personal achievement (one he was working towards) when he performed at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas for Gambus Goes Latin. He was backed by some of Malaysia’s finest musicians: Mac Chew on piano/keyboards, Andy Peterson on bass, John Thomas on drums, Kamrul Bahri on percussion and M. Kesavan on Indian flute. With this show, Farid felt he had come full circle with his musical journey.

The following years were difficult as Farid underwent the loss of both kidneys, a triple bypass and the subsequent loss of his hearing. But he remained positive.

In fact, he went back to teaching. Farid, who had taught music at the University Institute Technology Mara in 1992, started the “Faridian Jazz Guitar Programme”. His efforts can be seen in hundreds of profi cient players today.

Farid died on Saturday, at 6pm, at Selayang Hospital after a long battle with illnesses and complications. He is survived by wife Tricia Chiew, sisters Aziza, Roqiah, Faridah, Habsah, Mona and brother Murad.

But Mr Gambus, as every music lover knows him, will live on.