A Jazzy Merdeka at KWJF Preview Show, Sky Lounge


Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival (KWJF) will be hosting a preview show on Friday 31st August, 9.30pm at The Sky Lounge, Riverside Majestic Hotel Astana Wing.

Set as a prelude to the annual KWJF, the free preview show promises upbeat live jazz music, KWJF t-shirt giveaways and special promotion on event tickets for lucky audience members. Local bands Sang Voyage and Swaiv, who were the lucky winner and first runner up at the recent KWJF Jazz Band Search talent competition, will be performing original songs and catchy tunes at the KWJF preview show.

Sang Voyage is a Kuching-based experimental ethnic-fusion jazz band formed by French Sape player Julian Cottet and drummer Alexander Ang with aims to apply traditional and contemporary Sape playing to a wider context of modern music; predominantly through modern jazz, fusion and latin jazz. Completing the line-up are bassist Jerahmiel George, keyboardist/pianist Luther Nishi, percussionist Jim Elsom, Michelle Wong on flute and synths and saxophonist Armand Abdul Malik. Their music repertoire consists mainly of original compositions with a few reimagined jazz standards and traditional folk-tunes. Swaiv is a band that invites you to indulge in chilled laid-back vibes with music influenced by the relaxing sounds of bossa nova, fusion pop jazz and more. Previously known as Pearl & Rendall, started off as an acoustic duo in 2010. The band then evolved from a duo to a full band in middle of 2011. 

KWJF 2018 will be happening 28-29 September this year at the Grand Margherita Hotel after a highly successful first instalment last year. This year’s 2-day jazz festival will feature a bigger star-studded line-up including multi-award winning Sarawakian songstress Dayang Nurfaizah, Ito & The Blues Gang (Malaysia), Atilia Haron (Malaysia), Aisyah Aziz (Singapore), Tompi (Indonesia), Tulus (Indonesia), Aditya (Indonesia), Carmen Souza (Portugal), The Natalie Gillispie Band (Australia) and many more.

KWJF is created and organized by the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation. For more information, do visit www.kuchingwaterfrontjazz.com and follow Kuching Waterfront Jazz on Facebook and Instagram. KWJF tickets can be purchased online or from Grand Margherita Hotel and Riverside Majestic Hotel. This event is managed by Place Borneo Sdn Bhd.
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