Homegrown music collective Darker Than Wax bring unique edge to Sing Jazz 2016

By Zaki JufriEvents - 26 November 2015 9:00 AM | Updated 10:40 AM

Homegrown music collective Darker Than Wax bring unique edge to Sing Jazz 2016

Musician Charlie Lim, Darker Than Wax co-founder Dean Chew, Sing Jazz founders David Lyndon Smith and Michael Tay

Although they're known more for their club nights and electronic music releases that runs the spectrum of funk, soul and everything in between, Singapore-based Darker Than Wax will be adding festival programmers to their CV very soon.

The dance music outfit, co-founded by DJ-producers Dean Chew and Kevin Guoh are working with organisers of the Singapore International Jazz Festival to bring edge to the opening night of the festival next year. The festival returns to Marina Bay Sands on 4 to 6 March 2016.

This is the first time an independent music collective is working with the festival as official music partner.

"We come from a fresher jazz perspective that crossovers with electronica," said Dean Chew, "Sing Jazz wanted to inject something different into the programme and I think we're the right people to do just that."

The acts on the opening night's lineup are Canadian alt-jazz trio Badbadnotgood, Melbourne-based neo-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote, Brooklyn-based jazz hip hop artiste Taylor McFerrin and artistes from the Darker Than Wax stable. 

Hiatus Kaiyote - 'Nakamarra'

Badbadnotgood is at the leading edge of a new jazz sound incorporating soul, funk, rap, roots and, of course, jazz. The band is comprised of Matt Tavares, keyboards, Alex Sowinski, drums and Chester Hansen on bass. The band first drew attention when it did a jazz cover of a song by Tyler the Creator. The hip hop artiste saw a YouTube video of them playing his song and it quickly went viral. 

The Grammy-nominated Hiatus Kaiyote's first album, 'Tawk Tomahawk' was met with rave reviews, and promoted by the likes of influential DJ's, Gilles Peterson and Jeremy Sole. The band recently released sophomore album ‘Choose Your Weapon’, a hypnotic blend of funk, samba and West African soul, among others.

Ace beatboxer and musical jack of all trades, Taylor McFerrin's musical style is influenced by the legends of '60s and '70s Soul, hip hop, free form jazz, and electronica.

"The acts we selected for the opening night represents a good example of jazz-influenced music that everyone can enjoy," Chew noted.

He hopes that through this new programme, Sing Jazz will be able to reach out to a new audience.

Taylor McFerrin

Performing on are Singapore's Charlie Lim, British acid-jazz act Incognito, Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer and soul-singer Joss Stone.

Closing the festival on Sunday are Singapore jazz maestro Jeremy Monteiro, legendary Italian trumpeter Enrico RavaOrquesta Buena Vista Social Club and afro-beat act Seun Kuti & Egypt 80.

Buena Vista Social Club Orquesta at the White House

This third edition of the festival is also a send-off party for one of jazz's most endearing acts. Cuban-jazz greats Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club will be doing one of its farewell performances here.

Seun Kuti, the youngest son of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, brings his father’s 16-piece funk-fuelled orchestra, Egypt 80 and the spirit and beats of Africa to Sing Jazz.

"We are presenting a more diverse collection of international artists, collaborating more with Singapore-based artists and our production team is putting an altogether more enhanced festival experience. This really is a festival for all,” said David Lyndon Smith, Sing Jazz co-founder and artistic director.

Early bird tickets ($65-75) are now on sale through 13 December 2015. Tickets are priced from $65-$125 for single day passes from 14 December.

3rd Singapore International Jazz Festival

3rd Singapore International Jazz Festival

Date Mar 04, 2016 - Mar 06, 2016

VenueMarina Bay Sands Singapore

Ticket PriceS$65.00 - S$125.00
 (excludes booking fee)