JAZZING IT UP AT MAHIDOL

music January 24, 2012 00:00

By MANOTE TRIPATHI
THE NATION

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The College of Music hosts the Thailand International Jazz Conference



Jazz musicians, both local and international, will be in Nakhon Pathom this weekend, as Mahidol University hosts the fourth edition of the Thailand International Jazz Conference (TIJC).

The event, which runs from Friday to Sunday at the Musica Arboretum on the university’s Salaya campus, aims to develop Thailand’s academic and performing prowess in jazz and, as in previous years, is bringing in experts to perform as well as share their academic views on various aspects of the genre.

“The TIJC offers participants both happiness and knowledge”, says Dr Sugree Charoensook, dean of Mahidol’s College of Music, adding that the festival is recognised by the jazz community for its entertainment-cum-education style.

Besides dazzling Bangkok audiences with their performances, leading jazz artists will be facilitating workshops too, turning the conference into the world’s largest jazz classroom.

The TIJC has three parts: concerts, education and a solo performance competition. The concert segment, always a highlight, sees the coming together of world-renowned jazz artists from the genre’s mother country, the United States. This year’s stars are Benny Green, one of the world’s best jazz pianists, New York saxophonist Marcus Strickland and Californian trumpeter David Hart. Together with pianist Taylor Eigsti and saxophonist Robert Knop, these performers will be inviting audiences to experience and share their world of jazz.

Alongside these titans are Unit Asia, a gathering of leading jazz musicians from Japan, Malaysia and Thailand and featuring Koh Mr Saxman. Other big names include saxophonist Tewan Sapsanyakorn and his band, Denny and Friends, OMAH and Pomelo Town.

“I hope the TIJC will bring happy smiles to the faces of all Thais and revitalise them after last year’s great flood,” says Sugree.

     HIGH NOTES

n A one-day pass is Bt500 at www.ThaiTicketMajor.com.

n Call (02) 800 2525 extension 154 or 155 or visit www.Music.Mahidol.ac.th/tijc.

 Wailing saxophones under the stars

 FRIDAY

10am – Ceremony Grand Opening & Lifetime Achievement Awards

11am – Workshop Jakob Dinesen – Saxophone Auditorium

11.50am – Performance by Silpakorn University Jazz Student Ensemble – Oval Stage

12.35pm – Performance by Bemerkenswert Vier – Oval Stage

1.10pm – Performance by CSUSB Jazz Combo – Oval Stage

2.30pm – Workshop by Kom Wongsawat – Piano Auditorium

3.30pm – Workshop by Ben Wolf – Bass Auditorium

4.30pm – Workshop by Rodney Green – Drums Auditorium

5.20pm – Workshop by Benny Green – Piano Auditorium

6.30pm – Performance SU Jazz Big Band Main Stage

7.40pm – Performance Tewan Sapsanyakorn (Latin Thai) Main Stage

8.50pm – Performance OMAH (Silpakorn University Faculty) Main Stage

10pm – Performance Taylor Eigsti and David Hart Group Main Stage

SATURDAY

10am – Workshop Koh Mr. Saxman – Saxophone Auditorium

11am – Workshop David Hart – Trumpet Auditorium

11.50am – Performance Rangsit University Jazz Student Ensemble Oval Stage

12.35pm – Performance KurtThere Project Oval Stage

1pm – Workshop Zach Ostroff – Bass Auditorium

2pm – Workshop Ted Poor – Drums Auditorium

3pm – Workshop Taylor Eigsti – Piano Auditorium

4.20pm – Competition TIJC Solo Competition Type B Auditorium

6.30pm – Performance Rangsit University Jazz Orchestra Main Stage

7.40pm – Performance Unit Asia and Koh Mr Saxman Main Stage

8.50pm – Performance Denny and Friends (Rangsit University Faculty) Main Stage

10pm – Performance Marcus Strickland Quartet Main Stage

SUNDAY

10am – Workshop Robert Knop Auditorium 1

11am – Workshop Anant Lerpradit Auditorium

11.50am – Performance Mahidol University Jazz Student Ensemble Oval Stage

12.35pm – Performance Rej Roar Oval Stage

1pm – Workshop Marcus Strickland Quartet

4.20pm – Competition TIJC Solo Competition Type A Auditorium

6.30pm – Performance Mahidol University Jazz Orchestra Main Stage

7.40pm – Performance Cherryl Hayes Main Stage

8.50pm – Performance Pomelo Town (Mahidol University Faculty) Main Stage

10pm – Performance Benny Green Trio Main Stage