Blog – Live Music In KL

Russel Curtis

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Recording artiste Russell Curtis is certainly no stranger to the Malaysian music industry. Apart from recording, he performs live for music festivals, album tours and private events. Being a favourite among affluent clients, his experience has taken him past the shores of Malaysia to perform in Singapore, Manila, London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and even Las Vegas. Russell has written and produced many original songs which
have received airplay on several major radio stations.

Singles like Close To You, Sayang, Sons and Drive Me Crazy can be heard on local radio stations like Hitz FM, TRAXXfm, Redfm, Lite FM and BFM. The whole album is also available on iTunes, CD Baby and Spotify. He is currently signed to Malaysian recording label Cranky Music under the production of Aubrey Suwito. Russell is currently working on his second album which will be launched in the U.S. as well as in Malaysia.

 

David Gomes Trio

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As a jazz pianist & vocalist, no Malaysian in the circuit holds a candle to David Gomes. And while very much an established name in the KL jazz scene, he has brought his hot & swinging brand of entertainment as far as Australia, Holland, UK, Germany, Thailand and neighbouring Singapore. He has also performed in various local jazz festivals as well as a concert in Duren, Germany. As a producer and studio owner, he was behind various jingles for television and radio before he ventured into the album market, independently producing a Christmas jazz album titled Itʼs Christmas Time Again under his own label, Catalyst Records as well as “Here I Am”, Junji Delfinoʼs first internationally reviewed solo album.

As a musical director, David has painstakingly pushed the bar in made-for-theatre music showcases such as his most recent presentation at Theatre Lounge Cafe, Crossing Borders, an intimate evening of classic jazz fused with classic Chinese music. Past productions include musical tributes to Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole & Frank Sinatra featuring his 13-piece mini orchestra, including a Big Band Extravaganza for the Johor Arts Festival as well as numerous productions for the corporate & private sector. As a composer, he has created a wealth of world-class original music that have been performed at various festivals like The KL Jazz Festival at Istana Budaya, The HSBC String & Woodwind Festival and The Miri International Jazz Festival in East Malaysia. Amidst all the performing and traveling, David leaves no opportunity wasted for the local jazz industry by creating platforms for local musicians to perform in. He conceptualized Jazz on the 6th, a Happy Hour gig at KLʼs premium mall, Pavilion. He was also instrumental in introducing live jazz music to Skypark, The Top Room, The Moon Bar and The Barn at One Mont Kiara. His work experience also boasts of some of the big names in the local & regional hotel industry.

His personal milestones include performing two years in a row at one of the worldʼs biggest music events, The North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, singing frontline for Jeremy Monteiroʼs Big Band Jazzy Christmas concert at The Esplanade alongside renowned American songstress, Carmen Bradford, in Singapore and his most recent appearance at Akustika Music Festival at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, sharing the same stage with local with big names like Ning Baizura & Zainal Abidin.

He is about to add to his milestone as he prepares to record his long-overdue solo album featuring his own compositions as well as his inimitable jazz takes on the wealth of Malaysian music by some of the countryʼs great composers.The future seems bright for sure for this hard-working man and the world can only wait to see where his music takes him next.

Lewis Pragasam & Friends

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Lewis Pragasam has toured, performed, and/or recorded with Grammy-winning saxophonist Ernie Watts, jazz and R&B singer Randy Crawford, shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) player John Kaizan Neptune, and many other jazz artists .
Hailed as one of Asia’s leading percussionists and an innovator of new trends in world music, Lewis Pragasam has toured, performed, and/or recorded with internationally-acclaimed artists such as Paul Jackson, Tony Levin, Billy Cobham, Jeff Berlin, Ernie Watts, Andy Sheppard, Randy Bernsen, David Mann, Anthony Curits, Randy Crawford, John ‘Kaizan’ Neptune, Bob James, Ottmar Liebert, and Torninho Horta, amongst others.

Lewis has also performed at major festivals around the world, including a Royal Command Performance for HRH The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles (Prince Trust Concert) in Edinburgh. The founder of Asiabeat has also produced and organised numerous percussion festivals all over Southeast Asia working with various percussion exponents and groups including Steve Thornton, Yaya Diallo, Pete Lockett, Shanxi Drummers, ‘Parry Pan’s’ Steel Drum Orhestra, ‘Tokyo Dagaki’ Taiko ensemble, Guru Karakkudi R. Mani, ‘Guardians of the Flame’ Mardi Gras Indians, ‘Tepak Rampak’ Drum Ensemble of Indonesia, Drum Drum & the Siale Dancers and many other percussion ensembles from Southeast Asia.

A9 Strings feat. Rozz and Ashley Chan

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Christmas is always the favorite time for the year, come and be mesmerised by the soulful and angelic sounds of our music playing your favorite Christmas tunes, dedicated to this season of love, joy and peace.

A9 Strings is the brainchild of Dennis Law (pianist) and Rohnie Tan (violinist). This dynamic duo has been making waves in the music scene since they burst into the scene in 2015. A9 Strings specialises in making intimate music, supported by 2 other strings players and renown vocals. Their talent and immaculate grasp of rearranging and giving new breath of life to music have made them a much sought after Music Directors in the industry.

Some song titles : Santa baby, Have yourself a merry little christmas, white christmas

Hady Afro trio feat. Diana Liu

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Sheikh Hady Basmeih is very much inspired by his father, Mansur, who is also a musician made popular with the boogie woogie of piano playing. Hady took his first musical steps at the age of 8, by learning the piano from his father. It wasn’t until he was 17 that Hady’s father taught him to play the classical guitar. He honed his skills as a guitarist (classical and electric) developing a unique style that was an amalgamation of his ever expanding musical tastes.

The musical journey of Diana Liu has taken her far and wide as a vocalist, composer, and producer. She began recording her debut Mandarin album in 2009, containing 10 original tracks composed by the talented young songstress herself. Distributed by Warner Music Malaysia in March 2010,”最美好的 Diana Liu” was produced by Lewis Pragasam, and co-produced by Diana Liu.

June 2012 marked another significant milestone in Diana’s musical career when she released her sophomore album “Sunny Days” also under Warner Music Malaysia. The self-produced album featured an array of her original compositions.

Diana hit the Taiwan trail in November 2015, having covered the large cities of Taipei, Kaohsiung and Tainan before finally returning to Malaysian shores.

Lewis Pragasam & World Rhythm Project

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Lewis Pragasam has toured, performed, and/or recorded with Grammy-winning saxophonist Ernie Watts, jazz and R&B singer Randy Crawford, shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) player John Kaizan Neptune, and many other jazz artists . Hailed as one of Asia’s leading percussionists and an innovator of new trends in world music, Lewis Pragasam has toured, performed, and/or recorded with internationally-acclaimed artists such as Paul Jackson, Tony Levin, Billy Cobham, Jeff Berlin, Ernie Watts, Andy Sheppard, Randy Bernsen, David Mann, Anthony Curits, Randy Crawford, John ‘Kaizan’ Neptune, Bob James, Ottmar Liebert, and Torninho Horta, amongst others.

Lewis has also performed at major festivals around the world, including a Royal Command Performance for HRH The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles (Prince Trust Concert) in Edinburgh.
The founder of Asiabeat has also produced and organised numerous percussion festivals all over Southeast Asia working with various percussion exponents and groups including Steve Thornton, Yaya Diallo,

Pete Lockett, Shanxi Drummers, ‘Parry Pan’s’ Steel Drum Orhestra, ‘Tokyo Dagaki’ Taiko ensemble, Guru Karakkudi R. Mani, ‘Guardians of the Flame’ Mardi Gras Indians, ‘Tepak Rampak’ Drum Ensemble of Indonesia, Drum Drum & the Siale Dancers and many other percussion ensembles from Southeast Asia.

 

Junji Delfino

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Junji Delfino has earned one of the top spots in Kuala Lumpur’s jazz nobility since making Malaysia her home some 30 years ago. Known for her impeccable vocal style and elegant stage presence, Ms Delfino has graced many prestigious events that call for class and sophistication. It is no wonder she has been touted as Malaysia’s First Lady of Jazz. A gifted songwriter, lyricist & composer, Ms Delfino has stamped her mark not just in the world of music but also made a name for herself in the local theatre scene.

To date, she has two album credits to her name, with her first solo album HERE I AM receiving rave reviews in both the local press and the internationally renowned & respected portal of all things jazz, allaboutjazz.com. The album launch coincided with her maiden concert, carrying the same title, in 2010. Her theatre and television performances have also not gone unnoticed, earning her the Best Vocal Performer Award at the 9th Boh Cameronian Arts Awards 2012 for her tribute show, Lush Life, which she performed in mid-2011 under her production company, Jazz Works. Junji Delfino’s career is managed by Jazz Works, a company she founded in 2010.

Jazz Works was the workhorse behind the consecutive successes of the ESG Jazz Festival in 2010 and 2011 as well as the International Jazz Day Jazz Marathon at Mezze Lounge for the last 4 years. Her work history includes stints at well-known hotels and jazz clubs as well as appearances at several jazz festivals, the most recent of which was the just-concluded ASEAN Jazz Festival 2015 which she hosted and performed in. She has performed in many parts of Malaysia, Singapore and Bangkok and even as far as San Francisco and Daly City in California. The years have proven that there is no stopping Junji Delfino in her tracks. She is performing like never before and her star is shining ever so brightly.

Melissa Indot

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After a 3 month break away traveling, soul searching and finding inspiration for some new original material, Melissa is back to blow you away. Her song selections rarely disappoint. Blend that with her unique stage presence and you’re in for a night of pure entertainment – satisfaction guaranteed. Covering music by such names as Nile Rodgers, Pharrell, Coldplay, Rihanna, Daft Punk, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Magic!, Amy Winehouse and our very own Yuna, to name a few.

Melissa Indot

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After a 3 month break away traveling, soul searching and finding inspiration for some new original material, Melissa is back to blow you away. Her song selections rarely disappoint. Blend that with her unique stage presence and you’re in for a night of pure entertainment – satisfaction guaranteed. Covering music by such names as Nile Rodgers, Pharrell, Coldplay, Rihanna, Daft Punk, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Magic!, Amy Winehouse and our very own Yuna, to name a few.

Douche Manouche feat Kirana Kay

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Douche Manouche serves up their jazz hot: driving rhythms, daredevil solos and soaring vocals. Since forming, the band have been quickly flooded with offers to host open-mic evenings, play at upmarket cocktail bars and at various events. Their repertoire consists of popular swing tunes from the 30’s and 40’s with many of the compositions of the legendary Django Reinhardt. They perform regularly in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.