30 Apr, Mon, 8pm
Play Den, Festival House
(3h 30mins, with two 15mins breaks in between the sets)
*Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors
Alcohol will only be sold to audiences aged 18 and above
Three nights of top-notch jazz performed by nine bands from Singapore and the region
Singapore International Festival of Arts celebrates International Jazz Day! Celebrated globally on 30 April annually, the UNESCO-designated day spotlights the musical genre’s power to unite cultures and promote diversity.
For three nights the Play Den at the Festival House will be converted into a cosy jazz club, featuring performances by some of Singapore’s most beloved jazz musicians, as well as friends from the neighbouring scenes.
Jazz at Play III
A Hue Liberal with Aya Sekine (8-9pm)
Known for pushing creative boundaries, Singapore-based Japanese jazz pianist Aya Sekine has for the past few years been experimenting with how to liberate herself from within and without the jazz music she lives and breathes. Her solo performance today will showcase the results from this self-discovery. Aside from original compositions, Sekine will also perform interpretations of both popular and obscure jazz pieces, and jazz improvisations. Joining her as guest is Brandon Wong on bass.
Rani Singam and Andrew Lim (9:15 -10.15pm)
Dubbed Singapore’s “first lady of jazz”, Rani Singam is a highly sought-after and accomplished vocalist with an inimitable performance style while guitarist Andrew Lim has for 17 years been an integral part of the jazz scene in Singapore and abroad. This will be an evocative performance from two kindred spirits who share a passion for jazz and blues.
Christy’s Communication Artists (10:30 - 11:30pm)
Internationally recognized educator, composer and bassist Christy Smith rounds up Jazz at Play on a high note, performing a largely original music set with his expressive quintet that features daughter and vocalist Zora Smith, pianist Tan Weixiang, drummer and percussionist Aaron James Lee, and saxophonist Sean Hong Wei. Based in Singapore for 25 years, Smith has worked and performed with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Sarah Vaughn, Fela Kuti, Billy Higgins, and Ernie Watts, just to name a few. He also holds court at performances by the region’s top artists including Jeremy Monteiro and Sheila Majid.