Friday night at the Singapore International Jazz Festival (SING JAZZ) 2018 is set to be a bumper start for the weekend musical marathon with four additional acts announced to perform alongside their already stellar line-up at the iconic Marina Bay Sands.
Visionary French artist Sebastian Tellier and Brazilian guitar legend, Paulinho Garcia will grace The Main Stage on Friday evening, whilst internationally renowned DJs Sasha and Ferry Corsten will elevate the after-party activities at The Late Show.
Friday 6 April – The Main Stage
One of the first handful of acts kicking off the festival is Sebastien Tellier considered one of the most significant French artists of the last decade. He is the 2000s’ romantic dandy, a real icon proved by his musical genius though enigmatic nonchalant style and his sense of fun.
Anyone who has seen him in action will know that his live performances are truly legendary – bizarre and beautiful in equal measure. As always with Sebastien, fans can expect the unexpected.
Returning to Singapore is fan-favourite, Paulinho Garcio a Brazilian Guitarist and vocalist, described as “the epitome of the solitary troubadour… languid chords and cleanly plucked lines illuminate the complicated rhythms with the cool clarity of moonlight.”
Friday 6 April – The Late Show
Grammy Award nominee, four-time International Dance Music Award winner and four-time DJ Mag award winner, the legendary SASHA is a man who needs no introduction. Coming to Singapore for the first time, the Welsh producer will hit our shores off the back of his long-awaited return to Coachella in 2017 and his extensive BBC Radio 1 support.
The DJ Mag USA cover star will set Friday night alight at The Late Show, with his uncanny ability to read people, and tapping into that human experience to take them on an incredible musical journey. Fans can expect the party to be in full swing with Sasha behind the decks, giving us an insight into his world-renowned ‘Last Night on Earth’ parties.
Another addition to The Late Show includes the mercurial Ferry Corsten, gracing us with a deftly curated trance and progressive house DJ set that is guaranteed to come with a wow factor.
The Dutch DJ’s illustrious career is exemplified by a passion for music that began as a hobby and spiralled into a full-blown profession. Today, as it was in the beginning, Corsten’s skills lie in his ability to coax the maximum emotional impact from electronic dance music of all genres, not just trance, but also progressive-house and electro.
He remains and has always been ahead-of-his time, making music that becomes a template for others to follow.
SING JAZZ FESTIVAL VILLAGE
An exciting addition to 2018 is the creation of a Festival Village situated at the Event Square on the Ebenex Stage by the Marina Bay waterfront. The fringe event will be used as a platform to showcase 16 local and regional bands, and will run from Wednesday 4 April to Sunday 8 April from 2.00pm to 10.30pm.
Not only can the general public catch these live performances free of charge each day, but food and beverage will also be available in the casual and fun setting, offering a variety of music styles across all four days:
• Wednesday – Swing Jazz Night
• Thursday – Latin Fiesta
• Friday – Regional Jazz Stars
• Saturday – Jazz / Soul / Funk / R&B
• Sunday – Jazz / Soul / Funk / Blues
Local bands performing are:
• Gareth Fernandez
• Orange Cove
• Havana Social Club
• Latin Fantasy Band
• Danial Chia Trio
• Jazz Academy
• Cold Cut Quartet
Whilst regional bands will include:
• The Carpio Brothers Quintet (HK)
• New Sound (MY)
• Sax in the City (ID)
• Dua Empat (ID)
• Koh Mr. Saxman and the Tekeshi Band with guest vocalist James Flynn (TH & AUS)
• Washing Machine (AUS)
Committed to supporting young talent, SING JAZZ brings back its popular Jazz Academy which runs alongside the festival from Friday to Sunday offering a series of masterclasses in instrumental and ensemble formats. The faculty leaders this year will be members of soul sensations, Incognito who will offer insights and inspirational mentorship sessions.
“The Jazz Academy provides a unique opportunity for the students. They have the chance to work with some of the best musicians in the world, and absorb all of the performances at the festival. The Academy is designed to inspire and motivate the students to reach for the stars and follow their musical dreams.”
– Aynsley Green, Jazz Academy Director
Cost of participation is $200 nett (scholarships are available) open to students of voice, piano, bass, guitar, drums, saxophone, and trumpet. Dubbed as the “Festival Children” the students who receive tuition during the 3-day programme will also have a chance to perform on the Festival Village stage, and are granted full access to the SING JAZZ festival.