12th Penang Island Jazz Festival 2015

12th Penang Island Jazz Festival 2015

12th Penang Island Jazz Festival 2015

Penangites enjoy the excitement of the annual Live Jazz Music performances by international artistes at Penang Island Jazz Festival 2015.

One of the foremost sounds that pulse in major musical events in the world, the Penang Island Jazz Festival 2015 (PIJF) 12th edition is momentous for jazz fans.

Since its inception in 2004, the four-day festival is held annually at Bayview Beach Resort in Batu Ferringhi, Penang.

Pulsating jazz music filled the air with cool sounds to culminate with two days of high octane shows at the “Jazz by the Beach” stage shows at the resort’s grassy lawn by the sea.


12th Penang Island Jazz Festival 2015
The Northern Jazz Ensemble. Photo: Paul Toh

On the penultimate night blessed with clear skies, fans chilled to the sounds of the opening act, Penang Philharmonic Big Band, Angelika Niescier “NOW” Trio, Near East Quartet, Tobias Presig Quartet, Makiko Hirabayashi Trio featuring Marilyn Mazur and Klavs Hovman and closing with CaboCubajazz.

12th Penang Island Jazz Festival 2015
Fred Cheah in action. Photo: Paul Toh

The heavens opened up on the final night but the drizzle did not dampen the spirit of the evening as fans cheered when Derek Brown and Anne Paceo Yokai strutted their stuff.

12th Penang Island Jazz Festival 2015
Nurul Rahman in action. Photo: Paul Toh

The drizzle stopped just in time for Nina and The Butterfly Fish to came on stage followed by Dos Orientales and curtain closer Juia Biel.

Other forms of creative music were showcased for fans’ appreciation as the musicians delivered a variety of musical styles from fingertip style guitar player to a classical quartet to a beatbox saxophonist.

12th Penang Island Jazz Festival 2015
Dos Orientales. Photo: Paul Toh

From big band to Latin-focused groups to east-west fusion acts, fringe programmes were held at four venues during the jazz extravaganza.

The Tropical Spice Garden also came alive with the sound of music during the early hours of the morning.

Visitors also had the privilege to attend workshops by participating artists, the Island Music Forum by local and international panelists and the Jazz Gallery and the Musical. Heritage of Penang at the hotel’s lobby was the mainstays that added to the PIJF objective of creating a festival experience for the jazz fans.

12th Penang Island Jazz Festival 2015
Nina and the Butterfly Fish. Photo: Paul Toh

Capricorn Connection’s representative, Paul Augustin said that the appreciation of jazz among the younger generation has been growing and the organizers are excited to create new sounds for the youths to discover and enjoy each year.

“Jazz music moves with the times and with our youths at the helm to preserve, promote and propagate, we are sure to that jazz will be a musical genre to be enjoyed by all.

We choose the best acts available to fit into our programme with performers who have a high level of originality on an international scale.

We are elated when we see the fans enjoying the music, that feeling makes all the hard work worthwhile,” added Augustin.