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Samui Jazz – on how it all began

Samui International Jazz Music Festival – on how it all began and introducing the artists of the 2010 Festival

(Interview with Mr. Alexander Beets, August, 2010)

The beginning
Alexander Beets, a reknown saxophone player from Holland initiated the Day of Dutch Jazz in the Netherlands (later known as the jazzday.nl).
This jazzday is a networking event for the entire dutch jazzscene with more than 1000 participants. It holds musicians, festivals organisers,
bookingsagents, record companies, copyright oganisations etc etc.

 

What’s the main concept behind the Samui International Jazz Festival?

Last year the jazzday started focussing on countries outside of the Netherlands where Dutch Jazz is appreciated. Of course there are new
territories such as Japan but Thailand is a unique spot as well. The original Thai music has a large component of inprovisation in it, and
combined with the King and his passion for Jazz Thailand became open for Jazz.  Not only the old USA jazz from the 40- and 50 but also
European Jazz. HitmanJazz, a Thai Jazz company, started building contact with european labels and musicians and in the past trompet
player Saskia Laroo and the Beets Brothers aloreacy performed in Thailand.So last year i visited Thailand for the first time and i was
caught by its hospitality and jazzminded people.

With the permission of Buma Stemra, Sena and JazzNL I visited Bangkok and Koh Samui in December and I met Mr. Santi Wongsawat, the organiser of
Samui Jazz. We discussed the posibilities to introduce more Dutch Jazz to Thailand. We came up with the idea of a jazzweek in Koh Samui
called the Samui Dutch International Jazz festival. We would bring 15 of the best jazzmusicians from the Netherlands and present them to
Thailand. We woudl do different things such as The Dutch Jazz Night, A Blend Band, Workshops, A jamsession etc. Aso we will invite the best
musician from the Blend project in Koh Samui to Amersfoort Jazz. This is one of the biggest festivals in Holland and each year it has
130.000 visitors. www.amersfoortjazz.nl

With the permission of Buma Stemra, Sena and JazzNL I visited Bangkok and Koh Samui in December and I met Mr. Santi Wongsawat, the organiser of Samui Jazz. We discussed the posibilities to introduce more Dutch Jazz to Thailand. We came up with the idea of a jazzweek in Koh Samui called the Samui Dutch International Jazz festival. We would bring 15 of the best jazzmusicians from the Netherlands and present them to Thailand. We woudl do different things such as The Dutch Jazz Night, A Blend Band, Workshops, A jamsession etc. Aso we will invite the best musician from the Blend project in Koh Samui to Amersfoort Jazz. This is one of the biggest festivals in Holland and each year it has 130.000 visitors. www.amersfoortjazz.nl

2 , How did the idea come about? See above

3 , Do you think Jazz is global?

Jazz is universal both in time and place. Over the entire world jazz is appreciated and musicians all over the world play jazz live. Check any airplane in the world and there is jazz, check the internet and you see 200 different jazz stations and each country has his own jazzclubs and festivals. Dutch Jazz is reknown all over the world. Holland has a large number of jazzmusicians, more than 40 jazzclubs, 60 festivals etc etc. It makes that Dutch Jazz is on a very high level and has got great variety in all musical styles. Straight ahead jazz, vocal jazz, latin jazz, jazz dance, free jazz, jazzrock, lounge jazz. I am sure that by seeing these superb artist you will automatically become a fan.

4 , What makes Samui a good venue for a jazz festival? Samui is one of the most beautifull islands in the world. Each week a large group of tourists come to the island. By creating an international festival it connects Koh Samui to music and culture. It gives a new branding to Koh Samui and attracts tourist who appreciate jazz. Also it gves Koh Samui the possibility to connect to other jazzcapatals in the world such as Amersfoort.

5 , Which are the artists to look out for?

We bring the best artists Holland has to offer. All of these persons have travelled all over the world and are big names and stars. Take for instance Saska Laroo, she is worldfamous and does 8 internayioansl tours each year. Take pianist Peter Beets of whom pleople say he is the best pianist in the wold. We take great vocalists like Eline, Renske Tamineau and Eddie C. Also a super talent named Roos jonker who sing ‘hip jazz’. We take 4 saxophones and a trumpet players as a horn section so we will play in every conbonation possible.

Also we have a DJwho combines hiphop with live jazz.

6 , How can Jazz inspire young people in Thailand?

I am sure that bringing Dutch Jazz to Thailand and connecting the Dutch and Thai network is the start of a long and fruitfull coopartation for jazz on all levels. I see Dutch musicians coming over to Thailand each year, working wioth thai musicians, do workshops but also i see thai jazz musicians being intrioduced in the Netherland and connecting them to dutch labels and festival organisers.

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