The second wave of acts have been confirmed for the fifth anniversary edition of The Singapore International Jazz Festival (SING JAZZ) at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, with more incredible artists added to the line-up, including Grammy Award winners, Soul II Soul co-headlining The Late Show on Friday night, with fellow multi-Grammy winner, and “American Boy” songstress, Estelle.
Also showcasing their talent on The Main Stage, this year is an impressive array of Singapore artists including MAS1A, The TENG Ensemble, DJ Drem, Tim De Cotta and weish, performing with popular Indonesian-artist Tompi and band.
Opening the waterfront festival on Friday afternoon, is Singapore’s very own weish. As an artist whose primary medium is live loops, is known for creating a multi-layered landscape of sounds with a mixture of singing, vocal percussion and occasional instrumentation. Having gained success early on, she has opened for Canadian indie rock band Tegan and Sara, and has played at the Singapore F1 Grand Prix, and more recently at Laneway Festival.
“I’m incredibly excited to be opening for such an amazing line-up of artists, some of whom will be in Singapore for the very first time. I’m also proud to be able to showcase the world-class talent of our homegrown artists performing alongside other world-class acts,” says weish.
Hot from sell-out shows around the world, is leftfield piano trio GoGo Penguin performing in Singapore for the very first time. The Manchester-based trio conjure richly atmospheric music that draws from their shared love of electronica, their grounding in classical conservatoires and jazz ensembles alongside indie bands, and a merging of acoustic and electronic techniques.
Over the past few years, it has earned them rapturous responses all over the world—The New York Times highlighted them as one of the 12 best bands at SXSW 2017— proving that they’re just as at home playing to muddy festival goers, as they are to jazz fans. Described as music for the heart, head and feet, there are acoustic-electronica elements, but they draw equally on rock, jazz and minimalism, game soundtracks and glitchy-electronica to create their unique music.
Saturday’s show will open in the late afternoon with The TENG Ensemble. At first glance they may appear to be a classical Chinese instrumental group, but once they start playing, things are not so simple. Inspired by Singaporean heritage and Asian sounds, TENG’s music marry traditional and contemporary sounds in innovative ways.
Creating a sound that is indeed unique to Singapore, TENG merges popular styles with classical techniques and gives a modern touch to fond tunes of yesteryear. “Over time, we’ve evolved beyond being a Chinese instrumental ensemble to that of an intercultural ensemble, inspired by music of our time and of our past,” explains Dr Samuel Wong, artistic director and pipa player for the ensemble.
Following The TENG Ensemble is the hugely popular Indonesian jazz singer, Tompi. Born and raised in Lhokseumawe Aceh, Tompi got his big break, gaining national recognition for a crispy, soulful performance on the world music album, Bali Lounge. Tompi’s vocal character is influenced by traditional Acehnese songs, and will no doubt be a hit with SING JAZZ festival-goers, especially after featuring with Bluey and Citrus Sun at The Late Show last year, for which he received rave reviews.
Current scheduled line-up for Singapore International Jazz Festival 2018:
The Main Stage (Fri 5.00pm to 10.30pm; Sat & Sun 4.00pm to 10.30pm)
Friday 6 April WEISH; GOGO PENGUIN; PAROV STELAR
Saturday 7 April THE TENG ENSEMBLE; TOMPI; LALAH HATHAWAY; JAMIE CULLUM
Sunday 8 April JASSO (The Jazz Association SG Orchestra) led by Jeremy Monteiro; HOUSE OF THE GYPSIES (from the Gypsy Kings alumni); BRAND NEW HEAVIES; and INCOGNITO featuring OMAR and LEEE JOHN
The Late Show (10pm to 4am)
Friday 6 April TIM DE COTTA; SOUL II SOUL; ESTELLE; DREM (DJ)
Saturday 7 April MAS1A; MS. LAURYN HILL; DJ NU-MARK; JNR TIRSO (DJ)
***Artist line-up accurate as of 9 February 2018***
For more information: www.sing-jazz.com