Some shows and performances coming up.
20th (Sat) 9:30pm-1am :
Blu Jaz Cafe w/ L.A.B & special guests
We are back! It’s been a while but we will play some of our materials mixed with some covers. It’s a casual night to unwind. Come out. Buy merch and we share some stories about our Japan Tour (see our tour blog here)
24th (Wed) 9pm-0:30am
Blu Jaz Cafe w/ Ed Layman’s KIND OF BLU JAM
I will be a guest house pianist of the notorious jam! Together with jam master Ed Layman(drums) and Christy Smith (bass). Come and hang out!
26th (Mon) 9-11pm :
SingJazz Club with Dawn Ho Jazz Quintet
Feat. Dawn Ho (Vocal), Aya Sekine(piano), Christy Smith (bass), Darryl Ervin (drums) and Mark Kelly (trumpet)
Dawn puts together a wonderful collection of her favorite standards, a lot of ballads and blues. Come and enjoy a very laid-back evening of real good Jazz.
5th (Sun) 2pm :
Japanese Association Singapore 100th Anniversary Concert
Feat. Sachiyo, Aya Sekine, Namiko Sakai, Hiroaki Maekawa
I am delighted to have been invited to perform for Singapore Japanese Association’s 100th anniversary special event Super Local J-Artists Concert. The concert features 4 of most well known Japanese musicians living in Singapore and is organised by one and only Sachiyo Nakagaki, my senpai.
Artist line-up :
Sachiyo (vocal feat. her band)
Hiroaki Maekawa (bass feat. Tokyo Blue/ Ywenna& Pablo)
Namiko Sakai (wadaiko feat. Tenko)
Aya Sekine (piano feat. L.A.B / Michaela Therese, Tim De Cotta, Teo Jia Rong)
Details : http://www.jas.org.sg/event/100concert/100concert_en.html
6th (Mon) 9-midnight
Live music @ Blu Jaz Cafe presents : Jazz Composer’s Series For LARGE Ensemble July edition Erik Satay & The Kampong Arkestra
This is one of my favourite project I am involved in, the Soundpainting. Also it’s my birthday eve, so here is a reason for you to come out :) The Kampong Arkestra is an ensemble of creative sound makers, dancers and actors from diverse cultural and performance backgrounds residing in Singapore that will be SOUNDPAINTED in real-time by Head of LASALLE music Tim O’Dwyer – creating sound & movement collages of dynamic, humorous, and gigantic proportions.
A ROGUE-ROJAK-BAND that will excite and stimulate your senses from the first down-beat to the last cut-off!
“Soundpainting is the multidisciplinary live composing sign language created by Walter Thompson.”
….and here comes,
Ayaschool 2 day-Celebration
Ayaschool is a long-lasting series (since 2007 NYC) of performances where Japanese pianist Aya Sekine handpicks and put together a group of musicians to make music together. The musicians are often picked from different communities or genres hence the line-ups are normally intriguingly unique, and this is where you can see well her artistic vision. Aya is known as a Jazz pianist stylistically to most of the people, but her interpretation of Jazz covers wide spectrum, and ‘Ayaschool’ may explain it more than anything.
During her weekly residency at Blu Jaz Cafe (since 2006 until 2013), she’s featured countless musicians in different combinations & configurations every weekend, performing cover to improvisation with unconventional instrumentations, but the constant elements were ‘listening’ and ‘experimentation’. During the performances whether the material was rehearsed or improvised, the ‘flow’ of music was valued more than anything, it required everyone on the stage to listen and let things ‘flow’ as to just ‘jam’. “Not every configurations or the line-up was a success, people had different styles and music didn’t get to flow, but just like life, sometimes you just need to move on” Aya says. She took a year long break in 2013 & most of 2014, and now she is back to push her own edge ready to flourish more ideas. This particular version of Ayaschool features some of the old regulars of the project, combined with the new faces.
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10th (Fri) 9:30-1am
Blu Jaz Cafe – Ayaschool : VIVID
Bani Rahman (bass)
Bani Haykal (drums)
Stewart Bamrah (Didjeridoo)
Adam Adhiyatma (guitar)
Aya Sekine (keys)
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11th (Fri) 5pm-8pm
Esplanade presents “Jazz In July”
Ayaschool : FLOW
Aya Sekine (piano etc)
Stewart Bamrah (Didjeridoo)
Navin Kumar Nagpal (tablas, percussions)
Tim De Cotta (bass, vocal)
Bani Haykal (guitar, vocal etc)
More information about Jazz In July Series will be updated here : http://www.esplanade.com/whats_on/esplanade_presents/other_programmes/jazz_in_july/index.jsp
More to come. Stay alertedly.