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World Youth Jazz Festival: Younger side of jazz

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 09:00 AM PDT

The World Youth Jazz Festival aspires to make a bigger splash this year in its third instalment.

YOUTH. Jazz. Not two words you would usually find paired together, but the World Youth Jazz Festival (WYJF) – held on May 2-4 every year – is cultivating a beautiful friendship between young people and the sophisticated sounds of jazz.

WYJF, founded by Datuk Nik Azmi, started in 2012 under a joint initiative by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Jazz Community Malaysia and Jazz Ampang. This year, the festival will be held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, which will host the annual festival for the next five years.

The lineup for WYJF 2014 is bristling with quality entertainment: local names like Lokman Aslam and Mazlina A Manan & Red Velvet sit alongside international acts like the Bavarian State Youth Orchestra, Japanese alto saxophonist Yukiko Onishi and the Claude Diallo Trio.

These names are – if we're to be completely honest – generally unfamiliar to the average Malaysian teenager or young adult. This is precisely why WYJF was born: to move jazz away from the assumption that it's for the older crowd and make it more accessible to the youth.

The festival aims to provide a platform for the youth of the world to showcase their talents and also, for them to come together to promote world peace and harmony via jazz.

Supporting WYJF are local jazz communities such as Jazz TTDI and Jazz Ampang, who will host smaller events dubbed "The Road to WYJF 2014", featuring local artistes and bands.

This year, WYJF will feature an exhibition by Lorong Seni, a local community of young and creative minds. Lorong Seni's exhibition promises to be as eclectic and creative as the people behind it, including musical instrument dealers, pop bazaars, art demos and more.

With a list of youthful jazz performers and the vibrant exhibition, the festival promises to be an arts extravaganza, and judging by the response it has garnered over the past two years, it seems to be gaining traction among the youth.

Before the big show, though, is the International Jazz Day celebration, held on April 30 all over the country by different jazz-loving communities.

A Celebration Of Jazz 2014 by the Penang Philharmonic will be held at The Star Northern Hub, George Town, Penang. In Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, there's Mango Jazz Night, held on April 30 as well as May 1, at the Dewan Resital, Jalan UMS. Mango Jazz Night is a music workshop featuring the likes of Yuichiro Tokuda and JACKFRUIT.

Cheer up and banish those blues with Red FM, Capital FM and 988

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 09:00 AM PDT

Red FM's Red Fix, hosted by Terry and Azura, helps listeners beat the blues.

Red FM's Red Fix, hosted by Terry and Azura, helps listeners beat the blues while keeping the momentum going on weekday evenings (8pm-midnight).

"The show is exactly what the name suggests – The Fix! We aim to help listeners end their day right. If they had a good day, we keep that vibe going and if they had a bad day, we want to help fix it! Azura and I always have a great time hanging out. We have fun being ourselves and making each other laugh by goofing off and we want you to join in!" says Terry.

"Even though it is a late-evening show, we can still engage and entertain our listeners through various topics in the He Said She Said segment or in an impromptu karaoke session during 'Karanokay'," adds Azura.

He Said She Said is a segment where Terry and Azura come out with a funny twist on the "Mars versus Venus" analogy, while in Karanokay, the duo put listeners through a karaoke test.

In the Mr Foo Yoh 2.0 Contest, listeners can win their share of RM30,000 by identifying the songs and artistes that Mr Foo Yoh is mimicking.

So, tune in to Red FM on 104.9FM in the Klang Valley and 106.4FM in Ipoh. Visit for more information.

> 988's 8.8 Seconds is a contest that puts you through a race against time to win your share of RM26,000. List out nine items in a given category in 8.8 seconds to win RM500 (if it is the bonus hour, you could win RM1,000).

So, tune in to 988's Morning Up (6am-10am) and the Good Show (4pm-8pm) for a chance to win!

For more information, visit or on Facebook.

> Malaysian diver, Bryan Nickson Lomas shocked the nation when he announced his decision to quit the national diving team in 2013.

The young athlete, who won the gold medal at the World Junior Championship in Belem, Brazil in 2004, decided to put his passion on hold to pursue a degree in Sports Science at a local university.

Lomas will speak to Janice and Pamela of the Capital Breakfast show on April 18.

Also, join April Kuan in Global Passport on April 19 (noon to 4pm) as she speaks to the Venezuelan Strings Duo (cuatro player Jorge Polanco and harpist Leonard Jacome).

Apart from this interview, April will also be playing music from Venezuela on her show.

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'Star Trek' concert tour pairs films with orchestra

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 07:55 PM PDT

Fans can watch J.J. Abrams' reboot of the films on the big screen accompanied by live music.

Fans of Star Trek will soon be able to follow the adventures of the crew of the USS Enterprise in their favourite films as the popular franchise goes where it has never gone before, with       screenings accompanied by a symphony orchestra.

Director J.J. Abrams' 2009 reboot of Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness will be shown on the big screen in high definition accompanied by live music.

"The events will celebrate the extraordinary collaboration between film and music as Michael Giacchino's scores are brought to life on stage," organisers said in a statement.

The Star Trek: Live In Concert tour will begin with two performances in Lucerne, Switzerland next month followed by three more in London before moving to Houston, San Diego and Philadelphia in the United States in July, and Toronto, Canada in March next year. No word on whether it will come to Asia yet.

Viacom's Paramount Pictures, CBS Consumer Products , 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and others are launching the tour. — Reuters


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