Blog – Live Music In KL

KAREN NUNIS and the The Blues Cats

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Karen Nunis Blackstone is a blues and jazz singer, songwriter, and fine artist, now back in Malaysia after many years in Japan, Singapore and the US, where she sang in various blues and folk collaborative efforts as well as jazz outfits, combining the classics and originals. The music she writes fuses the idioms of blues and folk with traditional Southeast Asian elements.

Her first album, “Give Me Sanity” received significant radio airplay in the US and Japan, while her second album, “Dark Sun Big Rain” was nominated Best English Album at the AIM (Anugerah Industri Musik) Awards in Malaysia in 2009; and also received 2 nominations at VIMA 2009 (Voize Independent Music Awards) for Best Female Singer and Best Genre Bender.

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COOKIE J feat. Urban Tribes

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It is hard to beat Cookie J in the Artform she represents the best: Shanghai Jazz! Come and witness the bubbly lady at one of her rare public performances with us and immerse in the mysterious and oriental world that is Shanghai Jazz!

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ROZZ

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Having graced our stage with some magnificent performances in the past, ROZZ is back with yet again another program for us: ROZZ goes “SMOOTH JAZZ GROOVES”. One has to witness ROZZ perform live to truly comprehend the phenomenon of his fascinating and commanding stage presence, complemented by his amazing vocal prowess, wit and charm!

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SIEL

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Having played on many sessions and contributing to many artists, producers Mohd Ritman (guitarist) and Steve Evans (keyboardist) decided to gather a group of the finest session musicians and form a band. The lineup has been made over the years with lead singer Cathy Suello until they brought in drummer Stan Calvin and bassist Ricardo Ranito to join in the band and they agreed that they had some kinda special grooves rooted in soulful spirit and energy. Siel is composed of four different nationalities: Malaysia, Philippine, Indonesia and Portugal and they bring a vibrant stage presence along with them!

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A9 STRINGS feat. ELVIRA ARUL

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A9 Strings, the brainchild of both Rohnie Tan (violinist) and Dennis Law (pianist) specialises in making intimate acoustic music with just of a piano and string quartet, featuring the vocals. Their ability of rearranging and giving new life to music have made them one of the most sought after Music Direction in the local music industry. They have music directed various big concerts with international as well as local artists.

ELVIRA ARUL

While soulful best describes her, this bubbly lass comes with a lethal combination of the 5Ps – power, passion, pizzazz, personality and panache. After landing the role-of-a-lifetime with Effie White in the Asian production of Dreamgirls at the Malaysian National Theatre in 2011, Elvira was under the impression that life couldn’t get any better – boy was she mistaken, because THE Hitman, producer-composer David Foster, hand-picked her for his F1 Sapura Kenchara 2014 Gala Night to sing along side American Idol winner Ruben Studdard (with whom she was blessed to DUET with!) and grammy winner Eric Benét too! Other accolades include headlining at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013, being since featured at many of the MPO extravaganzas, being blessed to sing for an array of local and visiting dignitaries, to name a few. Comfortable sharing the stage with living legends such as David Foster (Hitman extraordinaire), John ‘J.R.’ Robinson (most recorded drummer in history!), Maurice ‘Mo’ Pleasure (of Earth, Wind and Fire fame!), locals Lewis
Pragasam (of AsiaBeat fame), Andy Peterson (most prolific Asian touring bassist!), and Rik Omar (drummer for the late great legend Sudirman) to name a few, she has also been featured on a host of award-winning radio
and television commercials, and regional advertising campaigns.

A Show Not to be missed!

RAINBOW CHILDREN

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Rainbows are our greatest hope for our planet, and coincidentally the legendary Prince’s 24th studio album “The Rainbow Children” was believed to be a musical and spiritual evolution for The Purple One. This amazing lineup of musical talents sees themselves as fearless avatars nad rays of hope for the planet that we live in. Through their love of music and the art of performing Prince’s legacy, one can only hope that this helps the evolution of humanity.

A passionate union working together on a common goal – Rainbow Children aspires to be the best Prince-inspired tribute band by paying proper homage to his music and to continue his Purple Reign. 

No strangers to the music scene, 8 great musicians of their own rights came together for this magical musical mission. There are two keyboard players, SHARON CHONG and HIRAN BENTON so it is twice the rocket power with this mothership! Plus there is the ship’s navigator OMAR IBRAHIM, weapon experts DAVE TEBARI and TIMOTHY TANG, the ship’s doctor KEVIN CHOO and first officers EVELYN FEROZA, JUDE MACSON and DARYL DIENGDOH.

A MUST SEE Show!

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BEVERLY MATUJAL

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Beverly Matujal is a Sabahanwith a long-standing love affair with songwriting, which began when she was 12 and harbouring her first crush. Despite that short-lived infatuation, her love for music eventually grew and she went on to write many more songs after picking up the piano and the guitar by ear.

Nowadays she resides in Kuala Lumpur and is actively gigging in the English Indie Music Scene.

Beverly writes about intimate matters of the heart and soul. She is an avid fan of Ben Howard, cooking shows, the rain and the colour purple.

Catch her at Forbidden City and dive into the realm of FOLK-POP with us!

ELYSIUM

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Azmie is back with his “funked up” ensemble on the 2nd and 23rd of Novemeber. Expect a sould & funk loaded Stage Performance that features one of Malaysia’s best Saxophone players, who is regulary on world tour.

Elysium music is a combination of African and Javanese, jazz, highlife, funk and chanted vocal. Afro Funk Jazz is now one of the most recognizable music genres in the world and has influenced as many western musicians as it has African ones with its exuberant style and polyrhythms. Members from Elysium have been impressing the nation with the sounds of their skills and creative talents.

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SACHIE AMIRA

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The 24 year old born and raised malaysian songstress is no stranger to the big stage. With performing arts being her unadulterated passion, Sachié has gone from tribute concerts in International College Of Music to background vocals for
local artists (Ning Baizura, Siti Nurhaliza, Jamal Abdillah etc), to KL headlining shows as her own artist in the indie and jazz scene in notable events and venues such as No Black Tie, Alexis, Laundry, The Bee etc. With the background of dance and theatre, she was awarded Director’s Choice Award in the Short & Sweet Musical in 2012 and was a member of local show choir “Splash” led by BroadwayAcademy.

 

Come and witness 1 of the city’s best vocal talents with us!

 

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Stefano Chen pres. NELLA FANTASIA

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Vocalist Stefano Chen was trained at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music from 1996-2001 and at the China National Opera House from 2001-2003.

 

In 2000, he recorded a jazz album in China, Bop Within, and was credited as the first male vocalist to produce such a recording.

 

In 2004, as a professional music producer, Chen collaborated with the China Record Company to publish a music album A Mountain Hut in Autumn Dusk.

 

Before returning to Malaysia in 2008, Chen produced and recorded an audiophile album named Guilty Pleasure  and a Chinese New Age album entitled Beijing, The Voices.

 

In Dec 2010, Stefano was invited by YTL Group to perform at Starhill Gallery, A Journey Through Time IV.

Now based in Kuala Lumpur, Chen currently works as a freelance vocal coach and music producer as well as a professional singer.

 

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