• Aidah Abd Rahman

Iskandar Puteri Jazz Festival Returns on 8 September 2018

If you're looking for things to do (and places to go) this coming weekend, look no more!

The Iskandar Puteri Jazz Festival 2018 (Jazz fest) promises two stages of experimental and classical jazz performers to serenade you by the Straits of Johor all evening. Watch and listen to musical improvisation and collaboration at its finest in Iskandar Puteri's most-visited lifestyle and entertainment centre!

Inaugurated last year, the Jazz fest is rapidly growing into a regional draw for music enthusiasts due to its emphasis on musical excellence and diversity. Audiences get an opportunity to catch renowned jazz celebrities and upcoming musicians from around the world at this annual event.

Event: Iskandar Puteri Jazz Festival 2018

Date: 8 September 2018

Time: 5:00pm - 1:00am

Venue: Puteri Harbour, Iskandar Puteri

Admission is FREE!



Kayhan Kalhor & Kiya Tabassian (IR)

Ground Passengers (MY)

Agis Kania (IDN)

Ee Jeng Organ Trio

Kirana Kay & Groove Messengers (MY & IDN)



The Frankie Sixes (MY)

Azmi Hairudin & Friends (MY & IDN)

Robin Banerjee & Friends (UK & MY)

Aisyah Aziz (SG)

Barry Likumahuwa (IDN)

Orquesta Yambeque (AU)




Hailing from Perth, Orquesta Yambeque is WA’s Premier Latin Ensemble working with the best latin musicians in the country. The band offers a very unique and tailor-made Salsa. Yambeque feel very privileged to share and interpret all the traditional music from the Caribbean Coast of Colombia , the sound of the 70s and the Golden Era of Salsa in New York and Puerto Rico. Hear the all time greats from Havana, Cuba, and the romantic classics from Venezuela.


Barry Likumahuwa is a bass player from Jakarta, Indonesia. The son of a bossa nova singer and a jazz musician, Barry took to music at a young age. Currently, he is the leader of BLP, a contemporary jazz group incorporating hip-hop and traditional West Javanese, Moluccan & Balinese influences. He has performed at major festivals in Indonesia, such as the Java Jazz Festival, as well as international festivals, including the Taichung Jazz Festival and Vienna Jazz Festival, and renowned clubs such as No Black Tie in Kuala Lumpur and the Blue Note in Tokyo.


Robin has been playing the guitar for 30 years, performing in jazz, pop, reggae and soul bands, notably that of Amy Winehouse's live touring band. Robin has a jazz quartet with keys, drums and bass, which performs jazz standards and reggae ska tunes. Robin had the fortune of being Amy Winehouse's guitarist, appearing on the 5-time Grammy Award winning album, 'Back To Black' deluxe version CD.


Aisyah Aziz first became known to audiences both at home and across the Causeway after participating in Malaysian reality TV singing competition Akademi Fantasia in 2013. Since then, she's been on the up-and-up, picking up three awards (of nine nominations) at Anugerah Planet Muzik last October. Her duet with fellow Singaporean singer Haikal Ali, 'Senyum Saja', won Best APM Song and Best Song (Singapore) at the regional Malay music awards show.


One of the most diverse, in demand sax players in all of contemporary jazz, Azmi Hairudin finds pure joy at the heart of his increasingly fast-paced touring schedule by reminding himself, every time he gets on stage, that he’s there to do one thing: Play!


Consisting of Reza Salleh, Sharon Chong, Dave Tebari and Sudin; they are a band that plays swing jazz. Life goals is to play their hearts out, perfecting jazz-face and getting people to dance.


Persian improvisation duo -- Kayhan Kalhor, Grammy Award-winning master of the kamancheh (Persian spike fiddle) and, Kiya Tabassian, setar (Persian lute).


Kirana Kay is a Kuala Lumpur-based vocalist with traditional and contemporary jazz with a little blend of Latin varieties. She creates exciting live music experience and fresh arrangements making her jazz performance more lively than ever. She will be performing with Groove Messenger, an Acid Jazz Indonesian band playing since 1997 with 7 musicians.


Agis Kania (Agis Kania Kusumadewi) is a woman of Sundanese, Chinese and Indian descent. Agis (her nickname) grew up in a musical family. Since her childhood throughout her college years, she regularly won singing competitions, at both regional and national levels. While she was only in high school, Agis sang and recorded the anthem of her hometown Sukabumi (a Sundanese pop tune) which eventually became iconic there.


Ee Jeng is highly in demand professional musician in the pop and jazz scene both locally and internationally. He performs modern jazz and R&B soul music.


Another form of evolution comes in the form of her brand itself. Discarding her old name Najwa Mahiaddin, she now prefers to be branded simply as NJWA. Immediately, images of a progressive and modern artiste is conjured up. NJWA’s idiosyncratic blend of traditional and contemporary music proves that the new needs a little old sometimes, and when done right it can produce an exquisite sound.


Ground Passenger is a band project started in 2016 by music educator and drummer, Terrence Ling Hung Shu. The band made their debut performance in No Black Tie then later performed in Publika Jazz Festival in 2016 and 2017. The band also performed at the International Jazz Day Celebration Concert in Bobo KL in 2017. Besides Terrence Ling provides the grooves, Sylvia Wong provides the harmonies and AJ Popshuvit connects the grooves and the harmonies through holding a single low note and some fill-ins, Clinton Jerome who was the Champion of JBL Rising Stars 2018 will be exposing the awesomeness from his vocal cord.


Iskandar Puteri Jazz Festival is organised by UEM Sunrise and you can check out Puteri Harbour on

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