MR. CEM AZAK

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When Mr. Cem Azak first watched Mr. Jeremy Mon­teiro play mu­sic, he in­stantly rec­og­nized a dor­mant sen­ti­ment in­side him. “I have al­ways liked lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, but hear­ing Mr. Mon­teiro play jazz made me re­al­ize how much I love this type of mu­sic.” Since then things started chang­ing for the young banker, cur­rently the Se­nior Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Mar­ket Head In­ter­na­tional at EFG Bank: He be­gan lis­ten­ing to more jazz mu­sic, ap­pre­ci­at­ing the in­ven­tive­ness in­her­ent in its form. He also be­came good friends with Mr. Mon­teiro, and has turned into an avid sup­porter of the char­ity that the man known as Sin­ga­pore’s ‘King of Swing’ founded. “Jazz mu­sic for me is about free­dom, and lis­ten­ing to it is very lib­er­at­ing,” Mr. Azak raves. “Jazz is not just con­fined to mu­sic; it in­spires cre­ativ­ity and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. I think it’s a very good idea to ex­pose young chil­dren to jazz mu­sic.” A keen ad­vo­cate of the mu­sic scene in Sin­ga­pore, Mr. Azak sup­ports the Jazz As­so­ci­a­tion (Sin­ga­pore) Lim­ited (JASS), the city state’s very first pub­lic char­ity ded­i­cated to de­vel­op­ing jazz ed­u­ca­tion, ex­cel­lence and out­reach in Sin­ga­pore. The As­so­ci­a­tion is also strength­en­ing cul­tural ties be­tween Sin­ga­pore and the rest of the world. Founded in 2016, JASS aims to spread the joy of jazz to all walks of life in Sin­ga­pore and make Sin­ga­pore a lead­ing jazz city of the world. “I plan to con­tinue sup­port­ing the Jazz As­so­ci­a­tion along with other mu­si­cal char­ity ini­tia­tives. I re­ceived a very warm wel­come from Sin­ga­pore and its peo­ple when I first moved here, and this is just my way of say­ing thanks.”

MR. CEM AZAKIS A FIRST-TIME RE­CIP­I­ENT OF THE NAC FRIEND OF THE ARTS AWARD

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