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Hua Hin Jazz Festival set to heat up beach town
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: May 17, 2013 at 8:10 am
It's that time of the year again for music aficionados to celebrate the soothing sound of jazz while enjoying a cool ocean breeze.
One of the country's most famous music festivals, Hua Hin Jazz Festival has been running annually for more than a decade and it promises to indulge music lovers again with an impressive line-up of international jazz acts during the weekend of May 31 to June 1.
Hosted by Hua Hin Municipality with support from the Provincial Authority of Prachuap Khiri Khan and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the two-day event will bring in local jazz artists and music maestros from overseas.
Highlights include a group from Japan led by Jun Abe, a world-class pianist who's also a composer, arranger, and producer of several J-pop artists. Abe will bring along Shingo Tanaka, the bassist of fusion jazz band T-Square, Kay-Ta, a talented guitarist, and Senri Kawaguchi, a female percussionist extraordinaire.
These musicians will perform together with Thailand's best-known saxophonist, Koh Mr Saxman.
Also eagerly awaited is Les Freres, a piano duo from Japan. Brothers Keito and Moriya Saito, who both graduated from Conservatoire de Musique de la Ville de Luxembourg, will delight audiences with ballads and classical jazz presented through the integration of two different playing styles.
Thailand, as the host, will put on a super jazz assembly exclusively for the event.
The group presents veteran local music virtuosos including Ponthep Suwannabun, Issaraphong Chumsai Na Ayudhya, Kamalsak Sunthanon, Piti Limcharoen, Tuedthai Thongnak, Kertsak Yuvahong, Pornthep Suwanabun and Srawut Ritthinun.
There will also be a number of well-established bands and rising jazz stars including Infinity, ETC, Mellow Motif, VieTrio and Look Pud Chonlanuj, 123 Soul and Tong & Jenny.
Hua Hin Jazz Festival 2013 will kick off at 5pm on Friday, May 31, and will finish at midnight on Saturday, June 1.
The stage will be set on the beach at the front of Centara Grand Beach Resort.
Admission is free. Call 02-641-5844 or visit www.facebook.com/huahinjazzfestival.