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Casey Abrams is set to play the Penang Island Jazz Festival's opening concert at the Grand Ballroom, The Bayview Beach Resort Gardens, Penang, on Dec 5.
‘American Idol 10’ finalist Casey Abrams to play Penang Island Jazz Festival’s opening concert.
JAZZ can be young and hip. Bright folk pop to breezy pop jazz can liven things up significantly. The 10th edition of the Penang Island Jazz Festival (PIJF) this Dec 5-8 is pressing ahead with a youthful outlook to complement its diverse music programming over the years.
The addition of a PIJF “opening concert” featuring singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and American Idol 10 finalist Casey Abrams at the Grand Ballroom, The Bayview Beach Resort Gardens, Batu Ferringhi, Penang, on Dec 5 is a refreshing move.
Abrams, 22, who charmed the masses with his quirky persona on American TV and later established his credentials with his pop jazz-inspired self-titled debut (2012), is geared up to attract a crossover crowd at his stand-alone PIJF concert.
His jazzier songs have set him apart from his peers and for sheer musical ability, Abrams is handy with the double bass, piano, guitar and whatever instrument that strikes his fancy. Abrams will be backed by a guitarist and saxophonist. His concert will also feature singer-songwriter Liyana Fizi as the opening act.
Elsewhere, the festival’s main jazz-centred nights – the “Jazz By The Beach” stage at Bayview Beach Resort Gardens – will take place on the weekend of Dec 7-8.
The line-up includes Alison Burns and Martin Taylor, The Freddy Cole Quartet, ESKA, Jazzkamikaze, Okan Ersan Quartet, Michael Schiefel & Carsten Daerr, Yoon Jeong Heo’s Black String, Vinalog, Hedvig Mollestad Trio, Jazz Connection and Bihzhu. A host of local acts will feature in the fringe programme.
Supporting jazz community activities scheduled during the festival period include workshops, exhibitions, a drum circle, Sunrise @ TSG, After Hours Jazz Jam, Creative Malaysia Fringe Stages and The Island Forum Sessions.
The international jazz industry speakers at the Island Forum Sessions include Ben Mandelson (founding director of WOMEX), Peter Schulze (artistic director of Jazzahead) and Jae Jin In (artistic director of Jarasum International Jazz Festival).
> For more info on the festival schedule and activities, visit penangjazz.com. Tickets are available now at www.ticketpro.com.my.
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