A Jazzy Start to the New Year – 4th Malaysian Piano Jazz Festival

The Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival is back for its fourth instalment from Jan 13 to 15. Arguably the only one of its kind in the world, the festival has...

The Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival is back for its fourth instalment from Jan 13 to 15.

Arguably the only one of its kind in the world, the festival has grown from strength to strength since its inception in 2014. It first started as the brainchild of Malaysia’s foremost jazz musician, Michael Veerapen, who then enlisted the involvement of the top eight jazz pianists in Malaysia including Tay Cher Siang, Justin Lim, David Gomes and John Dip Silas. Hence it is also unique in the sense that this festival is created by musicians and conducted by musicians themselves.


Date & Time: Jan 13 – 15 @ 8.30pm (show), Jan 14 @ 4pm (competition)

Venue: Pentas 2, klpac

Price: RM75 (adult), RM30 (students), RM165 (3 shows) – free admission for competition

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The main objectives of this festival are:

• To impart professional skills and knowledge to music students and aspiring professional musicians

• To build a community of musicians with a goal to improving musicianship standards in the country and to inspire each other to greater accomplishments

• To promote interest in jazz music and performance as it enables all genres of commercial and popular music

The 4th Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival will be the biggest yet, featuring the who’s who of Malaysian jazz with exciting concerts such as “Tomorrow, Here Today” which shines the spotlight on the star pianists of tomorrow, “Twos and Threes”, the very popular and highly exciting concert of two and three pianists at the same time, something you will never get to see elsewhere, and “Ensembles” where all the top jazz musicians in the country will be performing.

Stars like Julian Chan, Az Samad will share the stage with virtuosos’ drummers Steve Nanda and John Thomas together with show stopping singer Samantha De Lune and many more.

The 3rd Malaysian Jazz Piano Competition which will happen during the festival, will feature a new and challenging component. Finalists will be given an original piece the day before their performance and they will have to demonstrate their skills in  adapting it into a compelling performance.

There are four new clinics on offer this time around. John O of Paper Plane Pursuitwill be conducting one on “How to Make Your Home Recordings Sound Great”, Toro Cheng will be teaching you the “Fundamentals of Harmony”, Edvard Lee will be conducting “Fusion Jazz Improvisation” and Tay Cher Siang will be moderating a forum with jazz luminaries Julian Chan, Az Samad and Razlan Saharudin. The powerful clinics by Ch’ng Wee Lern, “Improvisation for Beginners” and Justin Lim “Advanced Jazz Piano Voicings” round up the clinic program.

The performances and competition will be staged at Pentas 2, while the clinics will be held at Indicine over the three days.

Tickets for the performances are priced at RM75 per show. A package of three shows will cost RM165. Concession rate for students are at RM30 per show. Entry to the competition and clinics are free.

For tickets enquiry, visit www.ticketpro.com.my or call the klpac Box Office at 03- 40479000.