we wouldn't believe what we read! we just read somewhere that jazz is dying in US, a minority interest, and jazz musicians are suffering....
certainly the head honcho in the ministry is western educated! we will surely call datuk kamaruddin to invite him to our next concert! and check out if there is any funding at the same time :-)
indeed, we wanna promote jazz as a way of modern lifestyle and good living. it isn't high-brow or inaccessible, it is just, a lifestyle; a way of living.
in taiwan and china, there is a not-so-new term called the "small capitalist" 【小资】, which refers to a growing group of adults in the late 20s to mid-40s who earns a decent living, with good savings, is particular about lifestyle and the finer things in life. annual holidays to exotic places, red wine tasting parties, watches collection, cigars smoking, jazz club visits, .... you get the drift. we are sure about the existence of such group in kuala lumpur and our aim is to congregate one, even if it is a minor one. that's the sole purpose of our chinese jazz appreciation night in june 2012.
interestingly, we find a small group of music lovers who have departed from chinese pop music to appreciate our music. they find the typical chinese pop too repetitive and manufactured. this is surely is a very encouraging sign to us!
in these times of chaos and thrash, chinese jazz, a genre seldom heard and explored, will have its best chance to emerge stronger and attract some new supporters.
and we will carry the malaysian flag for being the most aggressive proponent of such genre in the chinese music world!