Love of Langkawi

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MUSIC - By JA­SON CHEAH en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

IT may come as a sur­prise to know that there never re­ally has been a reg­u­lar mu­sic fes­ti­val in our north­ern is­land of Langkawi in Kedah.

Come Nov 11 and 12, that will be ad­dressed, with the set­ting of the Frangi­pani Langkawi Re­sort & Spa play­ing host to the in­au­gu­ral Langkawi Live – One Earth Mu­sic Fes­ti­val 2011.

“While the mu­sic will be the main at­trac­tion, the un­der­ly­ing mes­sages through­out will be about pre­serv­ing the is­land’s environment by re­cy­cling and con­ser­va­tion,” said Pa­trick Chen, the fes­ti­val co-or­gan­iser.

“We are striv­ing to es­tab­lish our own iden­tity and don’t want to go the way of some of the re­gion’s other lead­ing re­sort des­ti­na­tions which are al­ready suf­fer­ing from prob­lems of pol­lu­tion, con­ges­tion and in­dis­crim­i­nate de­vel­op­ment.”

In ad­di­tion to the two-day mu­sic fes­ti­val, con­cur­rent ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grammes will be or­gan­ised through­out the fes­ti­val and ex­hi­bi­tion booths will be set up for lo­cal ar­ti­sans to show­case their ef­forts in pro­tect­ing the environment. Lead­ing Malaysian jazz pi­anist Michael Veer­apen will fea­ture at Langkawi Live with the sup­port of other artistes from var­i­ous re­gions.

Sao Paulo-born Valt­inho Anasta­cio (vo­cal­ist/per­cus­sion­ist The Langkawi Live – One Earth mu­sic fest seeks out en­vi­ro­men­tal aware­ness. from Brazil), who has, in his over 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, worked with mu­si­cians such as Mongo San­ta­maria, Char­lie Palmieri, Bill Cosby, Astrud Gil­berto, Alex and Ed­die Van Halen and Mc­Coy Tyner, is a top drawer act to make the two-day event.

Re­gional favourite In­done­sian vi­o­lin­ist Tengku Ryo Riezqan is an­other name to men­tion. Ryo plays many styles from gypsy to jazz, but most of all, he en­joys the tra­di­tional ap­proach with deep north Su­ma­tran cul­ture.

Jazz vo­cal­ist Junji Delfino is al­ways a wel­come ad­di­tion to any fes­ti­val and she is set to charm in Langkawi.

The in­die scene is rep­re­sented by singer-song­writer Isaac En­try. Through the years, En­try, born in Kuala Lumpur, raised in Sarawak, Petaling Jaya and later Syd­ney, has crafted a sound sense of folk and roots song­writ­ing that is dis­tinctly his own.

Gui­tarist-com­poser Az Sa­mad, who has per­formed in the US, Bri­tain, Sin­ga­pore and Malaysia, is as ver­sa­tile as they come. He has five solo re­leases, and has stretched out his craft be­yond finger-pick­ing. You can count on Az for an en­ter- tain­ing and spell-bind­ing fes­ti­val set at Langkawi Live.

Of course, the So­liano name lives on and the fes­ti­val wel­comes this tal­ented fam­ily to its line-up. The cur­rent team has Is­abella, Coni, Tris­tano, Rizal, Ve­lentino and Irene while Sal­vador Guerzo leads the group, which has tran­scended jazz and oldies and emerged with a sig­na­ture sound.

In terms of nat­u­ral sur­round- ings, the fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers will present the Langkawi Live stage as a mu­sic on the beach set­ting, en­sur­ing a spec­ta­cle of sun­set and song to give jazz fans an event to re­mem­ber. n For more in­for­ma­tion about book­ing pack­ages for the fes­ti­val, con­tact salesresvn@frangi­pani­langkawi.com or visit www.langkawi-live.com and www.frangi­pani­langkawi.com.

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