by LYDIA NATHAN/ TMR PIC
THE music industry has been heavily affected globally by the Covid-19 pandemic, forcing concerts and festivals to come to a grinding halt throughout this year.
Still, musicians all over the world are finding ways to innovate and create spaces and avenues for music enthusiasts to be entertained and enjoying good songs.
One such highly-anticipated event is the MJPF-TGT Jazz Fest which has literally changed its tune after getting postponed then canceled, to creating an exciting musical affair that one can enjoy from the comfort of one’s home.
The Malaysian Jazz Marathon themed ‘Keeping Music Alive‘ will be held tomorrow and it is going to be a 12-hour virtual event.
“Featuring 20 diverse musical acts that volunteered to be part of this fundraiser concert, the Malaysian Jazz Marathon aims to not only provide a platform for local jazz musicians to flaunt their talents and grace the stages once again, but also as a means to raise funds for the Malaysian Jazz Piano (MJPF) festival’s latest cause, the Malaysian Real Book (MRB) Project,” it said in a statement.
The MJPF was the brainchild of musical icon, Michael Veerapen and eight other Malaysian jazz pianist that got together to share a passion, eventually turning it into a festival for everything that celebrates the tradition of jazz music.
The MRB project was spearheaded by Tay Cher Siang and is a compilation and a showcase of acclaimed Malaysian popular tunes and folk songs, the first of its kind in the history of Malaysian music.
“Optimistically, not only will the international jazz community have easier access to Malaysian music, but it is in hope that this contributes to the preservation and continuity of Malaysia’s cultural legacy for the future generations to come,” Tay said.
The online marathon is a joint effort with 20 jazz bans, five-sound engineers, RAP Distribution, and Royal Selangor Pewter.
“The show will live-streamed on the Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival’s Facebook official page and will start at 1 pm right through to 10.30 pm on Sunday. We invite you to join us on an exuberant yet intimate, back-to-back live music experience through your screens in the comfort and safety of your homes. We hope to replicate the feeling of a magical live show and bring you joy through this trying time while we flatten the curve,” it said.
Some of the talent that will be performing will include Frankie Sixes, 3YO, BonaHop, Michael Veerapen, New Village Music Lab, Rizal Tony & WVC, Cyanus, JSY, and many more.