Singapore Jazz Festival 2015
This past weekend saw us head off to the Singapore Jazz Festival 2015, very excited to be enjoying an evening of top quality performers. The festival made its debut in Singapore last year (and we were lucky enough to have gone then too) and returned again this year, featuring some of the best artists in the business all overlooked by Marina Bay Sands and the CBD skyline. The festival featured over 250 artists, including international Grammy award winners, chart toppers as well as some of Singapore's own jazz stars. Although the festival is billed as a jazz festival its organisers state that it is a celebration of jazz inspired music and its influence across all music genres, guaranteeing an exciting mix of performers. Also ensuring that everyone attending should have a great night and be able to enjoy the music on offer.
|Ready to enjoy the night, armed with our FIJI Water, the Official Artesian Water for the festival|
It was a lovely evening with pleasant temperatures and after a busy day at work armed with our bottles of FIJI water, the festival's official artesian water, we arrived ready to enjoy the evening. The acts performing on Saturday night included, DJ Maurice Simon, Charlie Lim, Indra Lesmana, Snarky Puppy, Naturally 7 and Jessie J. The performers we saw were all good but for me the highlight of the night was Naturally 7. I'd not heard of them previously but they are an American based acapella group with a distinct style known as vocal play. Check them out on YouTube if you don't know them already, they are amazing! They sang a range of well known songs and were absolutely mind blowing! I really can't sing their praises enough. Jessie J was headlining the festival and the last act of the night and whilst I admit I did enjoy Naturally 7 more, she too was very good, she has a powerful live voice and certainly kept the crowd entertained.
|The main stage|
Asides from being a great night out the Singapore Jazz Festival also has an important social and development element to it. A part of the proceeds taken from the festival goes towards supporting the Foundation for Arts and Social Enterprise in the nurturing and promoting of local jazz talent through a Jazz Academy. These artists are then, in due course, expected to help future generations of talented musicians to achieve the same success in a 'creative circle of help'. They also want to raise the profile of Singapore generally as a regional and international hub of arts and culture. Something I've certainly seen developing recently right across the board.
|The perfect backdrop to the festival|
We had a great night out at the jazz festival yet again, the setting is perfect and the backdrop stunning. Let's face it, it's a great skyline and one I never get tired of. I'm pretty sure the 2016 festival will be even better! Definitely one for your diaries.
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