Slivovitz, the Italian jazz band with the decidedly un-Italian-sounding name, will be entertaining shoppers at Siam Paragon Friday through Sunday as part of celebrations marking Thailand and Italy’s 150 years of diplomatic relations.
“Italian Grand Weekend: Vivere all’Italiana – Smooth Lifestyle, Urban Glamour, Live Music” is the wordy title of the event in the Fashion Hall that will also feature great Italian food and beverages, including coffee that absolutely has to be tried.
A woman barista will be on duty turning cups of coffee into works of art.
Italian Ambassador Francesco Saverio Nisio will officially open the festivities on Friday at 6pm.
“Italy and Thailand have enjoyed long and cordial relations in terms of diplomacy, trade and cultural exchange,” he said this week.
“Music is an excellent medium to strengthen friendship and relations, regardless of the genre. And to highlight the cordial friendship and thriving cultural collaboration between two countries, we are delighted to present live performances by Slivovitz, a jazz group that is famous both at home in Italy and all over Europe.
“The Embassy of Italy in Thailand would like to thank Siam Paragon and Thai Airways for their continual support.”
Siam Paragon Development senior executive vice president Mayuree Chaipromprasith said the mall’s operators are “determined to create various special experiences for our patrons” and this weekend is planned “to further strengthen diplomatic relations between the two countries.
“Slivovitz will be playing their renditions of the compositions of His Majesty King Bhumibol, including ‘Love at Sundown’ and ‘HM Blues’, as well as timeless international hits such as ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, with vocals by Vitchayanee ‘Gam’ Pearkin.
“The festival also highlights ‘latte art’ as created by a talented barista, and we’ll have many noted Italian products to taste and buy.”
Slivovitz, founded in 2001, are known for melding Eastern and Western musical traditions. They’ve performed at Umbria Jazz, Mittel Fest, Young Jazz in Foligno, Teano Jazz and many such events, and in Berlin, Barcelona, Austria, at the Sziget Festival in Budapest, and in Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.
Their latest live album, “Liver”, was released this year on the Italian label Sound Fly.
Riccardo Villari plays acoustic and electric violin, Salvatore Rainone the drums, Marcello Giannini electric and acoustic guitar, Pietro Santangelo the tenor, alto and soprano saxophone, Vincenzo Lamagna the bass, Derek Di Perri the harmonica and Ciro Riccardi the trumpet.
Catch them free of charge Friday through Sunday at 4pm and 5.30pm.