Love of Langkawi
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.langkawi-live.com and www.frangipanilangkawi.com.