Tokyo-Manila Jazz and Arts Festival 2013 (TMJAF)
09-11 May 2013 | Solaire Resort and Casino - Ballroom | 7pm
Performances by: Makoto Ozone, Yuki Arimasa, Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, Kengo Nakamura, Gene Jackson, Hiroshi Murakami, Yoshio “Chin” Suzuki, AMP Big Band, Noel Cabangon, Charito, Art Manuntag, Jeannie Tiongco, Jorge San Jose, Dave Harder, Michael Alba, Colby Calzada, Michael Guevarra, Tess Salientes, Skarlet and Philippines Youth Symphonic Orchestra.
As conceptualized from its inception, TMJAF aims to serve as a bridge between two cultures and linking them tightly through the power of music; and, all who cross that bridge shall be on a journey like no other.From Tokyo with its very first hit event in May last year, TMJAF will jazz up Manila this May 2013! Jazz superstars from Japan join Filipino jazz greats for a 4-day dream collaboration on stage and at workshops. Everything to happen at Manila’s most exciting entertainment venue, the Solaire Resort & Casino.On its 2nd year, TMJAF continues the tradition of bringing different cultures together on a journey to true harmony through music. ~www.facebook.com/tmjaf/
Here’s Tokyo-Manila Jazz and Arts Festival 2013 video invitation courtesy of EC TMJAF.
International Jazz Day Jam
30 Apr 2013 | Greenbelt 3 Park | 7pm to 11pm
Celebrate jazz with performances by Arthur Manuntag, Bleu Rascals, Bratpack, Cadio, Cheryl Gohu Santoromana, El Cartel, Eddie K, Henry Katindig, J. Roquillo, Jeannie Tiongco, Jeri de Leon, Jerome Rico, Jun Viray, Mar Dizon, Michele Fitzgerald, Nino Mendoza, Noel Asistores, Sean Manuntag, Tonet Lipana and Ukelele Philippines Ensemble.
International Jazz Day on April 30th, 2013, is destined to raise awareness in the international community regarding jazz’s virtues as an educational tool, as a vehicle for peace, unity, dialogue, and for enhanced cooperation between peoples.
The year 2013 marks the beginning of the International Decade for People of African Descent, consecrated to the theme, “Recognition, justice and development for people of African heritage.” This constitutes yet another highlight of the event that the United Nations will surely support. Africa, whence jazz draws its origins, will thus be doubly honored this year.
In April 2012, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock and TMIJ spearheaded and organized the historical events which took place around the world where jazz legends gathered together for key events at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, at the United Nations’ Headquarters in New York, as well as at the emblematic Congo Square in New Orleans. From Algiers to Buenos Aires, from Kuala Lumpur to Warsaw, from Lomé to Santo Domingo, more than a hundred countries celebrated this day.
After the UNESCO General Conference in November 2011, April 30th was declared International Jazz Day.
Article courtesy of Ms. Sandra Viray / www.jazzday.com or you can also visit PIJazzFest, JazzinManila & IntlJazzDay.
Karen Mok, one of Asia’s most successful recording artists, will release her debut English-language album, “Somewhere I Belong”, internationally in 2013.
From Hong Kong but with Chinese, Welsh, Persian and German heritage, singer, songwriter, actress, musician, award-winner, Olympic torch-bearer and superstar of concerts films and musicals, multi-lingual and multi-talented Karen has repeatedly proved that she is one of the most distinguished talents of her generation.
With 15 hugely successful albums under her belt Karen is now setting her sights beyond Asia with ‘Somewhere I Belong’ which she describes as “jazz, with a bit of a Chinese approach”. Recorded in Shanghai during 2012, with ‘Somewhere I Belong’ Mok has created an album with global appeal that features a broad palette of songs running all the way from Cole Porter to Portishead, Chris Isaak to Sting and from George Gershwin to The Beatles. Reflecting her roots Karen has included two Chinese songs, including one from the heyday of Shanghai’s swinging jazz scene in the 1930s and ’40s, and plays the traditional Chinese instrument the guzheng throughout the album.
Since bursting onto the Mandarin music scene in the 1990s Karen has been a fixture in the Asian music charts as well as starring in countless films including the 2003 Jackie Chan hit “Around the World in 80 Days” and the upcoming Keanu Reeves-directed movie “Man of Tai Chi”. She was the voice of Princess Kida in the Cantonese version of Disney’s “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”, played the lead role of Mimi in the 10th anniversary Asian tour of the Broadway smash “Rent” in 2005-6 and was a torch bearer for the Beijing 2008 Olympic games. She currently has a massive 36 million followers on Chinese microblog service Weibo.
“Somewhere I Belong” is the next chapter in her incredible career. The 10-song set was premiered by Karen in October 2012 at the Shanghai Jazz Festival and will be released by Universal Music in Asia in mid-January and internationally two weeks later, just in time for Chinese New Year.
Get to watch Karen Mok’s introduction and creation of the album, how she loved music and jazz and the uniqueness of jazz music with Chinese sound, video below courtesy of getmusicasia.
“This album has been my dream for as long as I can remember, bringing my music to a bigger audience, to the world,” says Karen. “I’m always trying to do things that are different and have an element of surprise and fun. Jazz is a genre that can cross borders and cultures but we’ve also made sure this album has a Chinese identity - I don’t think there’s ever been the use of Chinese instruments to play jazz music like this!”
Max Hole, Chief Operating Officer of Universal Music Group International and head of Universal Music Asia-Pacific region for the last 10 years, says: “Karen is such a star in Asia and with “Somewhere I Belong” she has created an album that blends beautifully the musical cultures of East and West. We’re thrilled to be able to introduce this incredible and hugely accomplished artist to a worldwide audience.”
Leaving you with Karen Mok’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps music video courtesy of karenmokVEVO.
For more details, checkout the MCA Music’s various Classical, Catalogue and Jazz.
Tokyo-Manila Jazz & Arts Festival
18 May 2012 | Sakura Hall, Shibuya Cultural Center Owada | 6pm
The first-ever Tokyo-Manila Jazz & Arts Festival at the Sakura Hall, Shibuya Cultural Center Owada on May 18, 2012 at 6 p.m. The program showcases an international camaraderie along with raising the promotion of musicality. In particular, jazz as the focused genre. We will be inviting artists and musicians from the Philippines, US and all over Japan to gather and perform on the same Tokyo stage.
モン・デビッド Mon David (Vocal)
山本剛 Tsuyoshi Yamamoto (Piano)
For tickets inquiries, please call: TMJAF 03-3589-3353
Aisaku: Album Recording Behind-the-scenes
Pink Noise, QC | 14 Oct 2011
We’ve given a chance to capture moments of Aisaku’s album recording last 14 Oct 2011 and we’re happy to work with him again along with the other artists and friends who participated in the album like Kuya Jessie Jodloman (YES! you heard it right, HE IS BACK!!! glad to see him again) with his family, Ms. Laura Austria, Miss Ganda woooops! I mean Ms. Cello Nuñez and MJ Juco.
Another first for VJP, Ais! We are always thankful in every opportunity that you’ve given us especially in covering your musical journey.
AISAKU YOKOGAWA is a Japanese Jazz and OPM artist. Born to and raised by Japanese parents, Aisaku is an amazing multi-lingual performer.
Aisaku will be launching his album soon. It’s a self-titled album produced by Janette Ito. It has 11 tracks including Ikaw Pa Rin at Alaala Mo.
Catch Aisaku Yokogawa in his FIRST ALBUM DEBUT TOUR in SM Malls nationwide!!!
SM Center Muntinlupa - 15 Oct 2011
SM Center Valenzuela - 21 Oct 2011
SM City Fairview - 22 Oct 2011
SM Center Molino - 23 Oct 2011
SM City Pampanga - 6 Nov 2011
SM Novaliches - 13 Nov 2011
SM City Rosario - 26 Nov 2011
SM City Batangas - 12 Nov 2011
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First time to watch this brother-sister couple perform live in Teatrino from their recent Got Fridays gig.
They’re awesome! They offer the best pop jazz & soul music ever! They also have an album out now!!! It has 6 original songs including Gising, Inay, Ternong-Terno, To Love You ‘Til Your Heartache’s End, You Make Me Feell and Hanggang sa Muli.
The show were opened by Baihana, the amazing female vocal trio!
Nicole & Carlo Albums now available via special order. You can call 4260103 or 4364325 for your orders. You can also text 09175099912 or email email@example.com.
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Nicole & Carlo @ Got Fridays
23 Sept 2011 | Teatrino
Baihana on Candymag, Photo by VerJube Photographics
Baihana on Candymag this September 2011. Thanks Baihana for sharing. ;)
Photography by VerJube Photographics
Formed in May 2008, Baihana is a young all-girl jazz trio that performs, creates and arranges songs that are uniquely refreshing and harmonious especially to the Filipino audience.
Baihana The Repeat | Music Museum | 17 June 2011
A VJP Teaser.
Baihana is a jazz/pop/bebop vocal trio composed of Anna Achacoso, Krina Cayabyab and Melinda Torre.
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“The Heart of Jazz for Jessie”
~ A Fundraising Show for our Bassist and dear friend, Jessie Jodloman Jr. ~
June 9, 2011 (Thursday) | 8pm | Skarlet Jazz Kitchen
With performances by Sitti, Eileen Sison of Guarana, Aquarela, Audrey Cruz, HQ Jazz Band, Verve Project feat. Monet Ganir, Skarlet and many more…
FYI: Sir Jessie is also the composer of Sitti’s classic hit song, “Ikaw Lamang”.
“A HELP from SITTI and YOU”
04 June 2011 | Saturday | 8:30pm
L’Fisher CHALET Tower II, Bacolod City
Philippines’ Queen of Bossa Nova
SITTI Live! in Bacolod
+ Local DJs
Ticket inquiries: (0915)858-7251 | (034)434-1535 Look for Ms. May or Sarah
Or visit L’Fisher Hotel Website for more info. Presented by Special Olympics Philippines (Bacolod Chapter).
Sitti Freshens Up with a New Easy-Listening Album
The reigning queen of bossa nova opens up her kingdom to set free a fresh new sound that is all coming rom her new album simply titled “Sitti” which just arrived in stores this week.
All 8 new tracks and 3 classic remakes are a fusion of Sitti’s original bossa nova flavor, mixed with easy-listening arrangements of music sessions with renowned artists such as Gary Granada for the single “Sulat”, crooner Richard Poon in “Dream Enough”, Ramon RJ Jacinto for “Muli” and Jek Manuel (formerly of Iaxe) for the do-up of his band’s 90s classic “Ako’y Sa’yo at Ika’y Akin”. But among all these, carrier single “Wag Mo Na Munang Sabihin” moves Sitti the most. Penned by former Sugarfree frontman, the legendary Ebe Dancel himself, it is a song about the looming and inevitable end of a relationship that just couldn’t work out. It was so beautiful and sad that Sitti confessed that it made her teary-eyed while recording it.
As a follow-up to her 2009 album Contagiouswhich showcased her superb interpretations of bossa nova tracks, Sitti finally comes out of her shell as she gives us a taste of her own songwriting with the singles “Baby Im’ In Love” and “End It With You” from this new easy-listening self-titled record.
Discover the perfect blend of bossa nova and easy-listening with the release of Sitti’s brand new album from Warner Music, out now in your favorite music stores. Text SITTI to 5677 to get hot ringback tones or visit www.pressplay.ph thru your mobile phone.
The band 6iJazz from Iceland covers the song Hey Ya by Outkast. This is a studio version, recorded in Syrland, Iceland.
Video courtesy of maggitrymbill.