Samui International Jazz Music Festival 2012

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Ruud Breuls

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 11:56 Published in Artists 2011

Organization & Address

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 13:37 Published in Festival 2011

SantiSanti Wongsawat

With a long love for Jazz Music and high ambitions to promote Jazz Music within Thailand Santi started actively in 2009 by founding Samui International Jazz Productions and thereafter with initiating and organizing the monthly Samui Jazz Series on Koh Samui/Thailand, which proofed to be a great success. From there on he took the next step by creating and organizing the first weeklong festival on Koh Samui, the Samui International Jazz Music Festival, in September 2010, which gained international recognition.

One thing led to another and Santi traveled to International Jazz Festivals extensively with the goal to introduce new Jazz artists to Thailand and to connect the Thai Jazz scene to other Jazz-networks on all levels. As an official delegate from Thailand he attended the Amersfoort Jazz Festival in the Netherlands in 2010 and 2011, JazzAhead in Bremen/ Germany in 2011 and Jazz Dag in Rotterdam.

Santi is the foundation Chairman and Director of the International Jazz Festival Alliance Foundation, which is registered in the Netherlands and got currently members of 12 different Nations from Europe and Asia. This foundation has initiated a program to connect jazz-networks worldwide for mutual benefits, to use jazz festivals as an non-profit tool to face new global challenges, city marketing, art appreciation, talent and music development, cultural appreciation and tourism.

Furthermore he is a board member and International Director of foundation JazzNL an initiative which supports projects and which aims at connecting international jazz networks and exploring new jazz markets worldwide.

His efforts to foster the Jazz scene in Thailand implies promoting international artists within the Thai market, by releasing the artists album within Thailand and organizing promotion tours through the country, but also by giving Thai artists a platform to perform at international Jazz Festivals as in Amersfoort May 2011.

His advise to the major Jazz venues in Bangkok for Saxophone Pub or Brown Sugar Bangkok Jazz Club is well regarded and it has not only been once that he created an amazing line-up for them. Santi is a shareholder of the Brown Sugar Bangkok Jazz Club, with space for 600 people is the biggest Jazz venue in Bangkok.

Santi aspires towards creating a Jazz Hub to Asia, an event that will be used as a gateway to the Asian Jazz Music Market, for which the foundation has been set already by organizing Bangkok City of Jazz. Bangkok City of Jazz, consisting of an international conference, showcases and concerts around town, takes place two days this September 2011, which is attended by professionals from around the world, followed by the second Samui International Jazz Music Festival September 2011.

Bangkok City of Jazz

16 – 17 September 2011

The event will start Friday the 16th of September with more then 15 concerts in the city of Bangkok, a great main- stage presenting international artist Peter Beets and Irene Atman, a jazz conference and various workshops. All of this will take place in the BACC in Bangkok. During the conference the focus will be on connecting the European and Asian jazz networks. A large delegation of professionals from the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Spain will attend the conference. From Asia the organization expects professionals from Hong Kong and Singapore.



International Jazz Festival Alliance Foundation

The International Jazz Festival Alliance Foundation has initiated a program to connect jazznetworks worldwide for mutual benefits. Jazz is universal and timeless and you will find appreciators all over the world. The IJFAF wants to connect jazzfestivals, clubs, organizations, musicians, sponsors, governments and NGO's. The central aim is to use jazzfestivals as a non-profit tool to face new global challenges, city marketing, art appreciation, talent development, music development, cultural appreciation and tourism .


Ntjam Rosie

Monday, 18 July 2011 16:28 Published in Artists 2011



2009 was a successful year for Ntjam Rosie. She graduated from the Codarts Conservatory as a bachelor of music. She majored in Latin singing and minored in teaching. She won the Music Matters Award gaining her the title of music ambassador in Rotterdam during 2010. According to the jury, Ntjam Rosie raised the temperature from the very first moment. Apparently it wasn’t enough, on the same day she also won the ‘MCN World Up! Award’ for most promising talent during the first edition of the Dutch World Music Day. The jury stated: “Her powerful voice and distinctive style creates an astonishing set full of soul and energy.”

For the new album “ELLE”, to be released in the fall of 2010, Ntjam Rosie approaches a more jazz orientated direction compared to her first record “ATOUBA”. This time she found inspiration in artists like George Duke, Stevie Wonder, Patrice Rushen, Syreeta and Miriam Makeba. Artists who operate in the fields of soul, jazz and combine elements of Brazilian and African rhythms. The album breathes a late seventies sound with catchy hooks and fine sing along choruses.

Lyrically, Ntjam Rosie shares her enjoyment of life. She wants to tell we are more alike than we think. Her emotional journey is similar to other strong determined women elsewhere in the world. She says: “On this record I take the listener on my musical momentum and from that point on, he or she can continue their own adventure. I believe that the crossing of our paths only has a meaning when we open up for each other. ”

For the production she teamed up again with Nelson & Djosa. Among the musicians are Nathan Allen (Amy Winehouse, Faith Evans), Alex Bonfanti (Tom Jones, Xantone Blacq), Ronald Snijders, Tuur Moens, Rory Ronde, Alexander van Popta, Tjaco Oostdijk. The recording took place at the Flowriders Music studio in Amsterdam where José James and Jazzanova, worked as well.

Ntjam Rosie has been heard and seen in the Dutch media programs Giel Beelen, Radio 2 and 6, Goedemorgen Nederland, AT5 and BNN. She was the support act for Erykah Badu, José James and Bilal. She played in prestigious clubs like Paradiso, Melkweg, Rotown and Sugar Factory and performed on the festivals The Hague Jazz, Dunya, Numoonfest, Mundial, Jazz in Duketown and North Sea Jazz Roundtown.

Ntjam Rosie is based in Rotterdam where she finds the inspiration for her creative output: “I hope that my audience will grow and I hope I’ll get the chance to present my musical vision throughout the world.”

Irene Atman

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 16:24 Published in Artists 2011


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