Samui International Jazz Music Festival 2012

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Susan Harmer

Thursday, 31 May 2012 13:54 Published in Artists 2012




Tropic Green is a collage of musicians from around the world - Singapore, USA, Japan and Cuba, brought together by Singapore-born pianist and composer Susan Harmer. The band only plays her original tunes which reflect the band’s love of jazz but also hints at other styles of music as well.  Although barely two years old, Tropic Green has notched up an impressive list of appearance in that short time. The band has performed in the main jazz clubs in Singapore and at several jazz events at the Esplanade the latest being the Mosaic Music Festival 2012. In 2011, they were awarded a Singapore International Foundation grant to perform at the Samui International Music Festival and in May 2012, the band travelled to Sarawak to perform at the Borneo Jazz Festival. Tropic Green has been reviewed as “a captivating, intriguing amalgam of fresh ideas and jazz performances ...”

Marius Beets

Thursday, 31 May 2012 13:53 Published in Artists 2012

Karen Devroop

Thursday, 31 May 2012 13:51 Published in Artists 2012


Karen Devroop was born and raised in South Africa. He began playing keyboards at age 15 in local dance bands and later picked up the alto saxophone at age 20. In 1998 he was awarded a scholarship which enabled him to come to the US to complete his graduate studies at the University of North Texas. Soon after graduating he began establishing a career as a saxophone and piano player.

He has performed at major jazz festivals in the US and South Africa and recorded as a sideman on several studio recordings. He was a featured performer for Beach Street USA and a side stage act for Earth Wind and Fire, Chicago and Queen Latifah. His jazz groups have performed at several major jazz festivals most recently at the Gretna Jazz Festival and the Virginia Arts Festival.

He has composed and produced original music for outdoor plays, radio and television. "Reminiscing" is his debut album as a solo artist. All tracks were composed and arranged by him and written for specific people and places. The album will be released on 21 September 2009 and available online and in stores.

Karen is also the founder and director of the South African Music Outreach Project, a project that establishes music programs for children in South Africa impacted by AIDS, crime and poverty. Over the past few years he has shipped crates of music instruments, equipment, supplies and books to public schools in South Africa and spent time working with music teachers to establish concert bands. The South African Music Outreach Project is paving the way forward in South Africa for the introduction of instrumental music in the public school system.

Changton Kunjara

Thursday, 31 May 2012 13:26 Published in Artists 2012
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