Jazzy good time
MAKE a date with Michelle Nicolle Quartet at Alexis Bistro’s International Jazz Series tomorrow and Saturday. Named the Australian Jazz Vocalist of the Year, Mo Award Winner (2001, 2003, 2004), and billed as the Australian First Lady of Jazz, Michelle, will be at Alexis Bistro in Kuala Lumpur for the first time for two back-toback concerts, accompanied by her Australian guitarist of 15 years Geoff Hughes and backed by a local rhythm section.
The repertoire of the tour comprises standards from Michelle’s two recent albums The Loveliest Night and What Kind Of Fool, as well as some of Michelle’s original Duo pieced for voice and guitar. With her full ranging marvellous voice, Michelle’s profile has risen rapidly during the past 20 years.
The singer has released six beautiful albums, all of which received high acclaim, and her latest CD The Loviest Night, is out on Australia’s ABC Jazz Records. Cover charge is RM35 and showtime starts at 10pm. For more information, call 03-4260 2288 or visit alexis. com.my. n GARDNER & Wife Theatre presents The Selfish Crocodile! This best-selling children’s story by Faustin Charles and Michael Terry comes to life in this delightful stage adaptation by Britain’s Blunderbus Theatre Company. The 50-minute show tells the story of a crocodile that terrorises the frightened forest animals that try to get to the river and how one kind and courageous mouse changes everything. Featuring Jeanette Longworth, Simon Sanchez and Sophie Roch, this magical tale comes to life with music, song, and a host of wicked papier-mache puppets!
Held at PJ Live Arts @ Jaya One in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. For showtime details, call 032273 1398. n THE Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) presents a majestic work by renowned composer Beethoven.
Compositions such as Piano Concerto No.1 In C (Op.15) will dazzle audiences, courtesy of the MPO and pianist Stephen Kovacevich, on Saturday at 8.30pm and Sunday at 3pm at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, KLCC, in Kuala Lumpur. Slated under the Beethoven Solo Concertos series, the concerts will be conducted by Poland-born Jacek Kaspszyk.
Kovacevich has had a long and distinguished career as a concert pianist. His interpretations of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert are renowned. The New York Times reported: “His performance is exact and melancholic at the start, unfolding organically, coherently, with a tender Arietta that ends up heaven-storming.” He has demonstrated his musicianship with the London, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Swedish Radio orchestras.
The MPO will open the concerts with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture (Op.84). Also included in the repertoire are Lithuanian Rhapsody (Op.11) and The Miraculous Mandarin Suite (Op.19).
Ticket prices range from RM40 to RM150 and can be obtained by phone (% 03-2051 7007), fax (03-2051 7077) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). n FOR this year’s second series On Film, Paul Loosley examines the broad cinema canon of a couple of fiercely intelligent Irish play- wrights – Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw.
Both are Dublin-born, a little more than a year apart, who, while both having much to say about society, were using their remarkable writing skills to say quite dramatically different things in quite contrastingly different ways.
This Sunday, Loosely will discuss Wilde’s Lady Windemere’s Fan at Indicine, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac) in Kuala Lumpur, at 3pm.
In the movie, Lady Windermere is convinced her husband is enamoured with Mrs Erlynne, an older lady of dubious reputation. In her attempts to prove her husband’s infidelity, Lady Windermere embroils herself in an awkward affair. And only the sacrifice of Mrs Erlynne, and the finding of a misplaced fan, can extricate her from the whole mess. This 1949 film was directed by an East European, Otto Preminger, with a screenplay by American Dorothy Parker. So, despite a very British cast, they have a very novel take on Wilde’s very English wit. Starring Madeleine Carroll and George Sanders. Admission is free. n LAST weekend it was veteran acts Sweet Charity and Blues Gang that rocked Kuala Lumpur. The average rock ’n’ roll age is lowered a fair bit when the Rockaway 2011 bandwagon rolls into the National Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur on Oct 8.
There will be no shortage of high profile local rock action with punk pop favourites One Buck Short as the band to watch as the trio returns to the headlines with new material at the festival.
Together with established home-grown groups like Hujan, Monoloque, Pop Shuvit, Love Me Butch, Deja Voodoo Spells, Metalasia, Jason Lo, and They Will Kill Us All, this muchanticipated second edition of the Rockaway 2011 fest will take place at the stadium’s outdoor carpark A area. The main stage will run from noon to midnight.
The international headliners – The Used, All Time Low and Story of the Year – look the part to draw in the young masses.
Rockaway 2011 is presented by One Buck Short & Friends and Livescape Asia.
For ticket details and schedules, visit rockawayfest.com or redtix.airasia.com.