Media release: AZ SAMAD & FRIENDS, Musician-in-Residency at DoPPel Kafe

Media release

AZ SAMAD & FRIENDS bring sounds of music to Central Market this October

KUALA LUMPUR, 1 October – From Rap to Comedy and from Ukulele to the Electric Guitar, DoPPel Kafe has seen it all. The DoPPelganger KL name is no stranger in the local music industry, having hosted a wide variety of events from grassroots gigs to charity fundraisers. What remains a significant signature is the warm support given to many artists and musicians who are exploring the ever-growing local creative industry.

(C) Photo credit Albert Ng

This October, DoPPel Kafe begins its first installment of the Musician-In-Residency series. Kick starting the residency will be Berklee-graduate Az Samad; well known for his signature finger-style guitar skills and playful tunes. Music lovers can look forward to Az Samad’s “Beatle-Mania” themed music afternoon featuring well loved tunes such as Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da or even Yellow Submarine will definitely be on the night’s playlist.

According to Az Samad, “This residency is a project close to my heart. It’s rare that creative music projects get an opportunity to try out different concepts in the same space. When I heard Jasmine Low of Doppel Kafe was starting a residency project, I quickly realised the amazing platform it would be. This is a chance for me to explore different side-projects that I’ve been thinking of but haven’t gotten the chance to showcase yet.”

“The added fact that I’m performing in Pasar Seni (Central Market) makes it even more special. There’s such a long history of art and creativity within the area with a lot of artists who started out there. I remember going to Pasar Seni as a child & really feeling a connection with the artists there. From the buskers to the painters & the energetic street life – it’s definitely the heart of KL to me”, said the accomplished Guitarist-Educator.

The DoPPel Musician-In-Residency happens in conjunction with FEYST2012, a Homegrown Independent Youth Festival already in its fifth installment setting sights to spur creative innovation amongst youngsters. This “rich-in-content” festival kick-started on 28 September and will run until 15 December 2012 with free music concerts, workshops, a music forum and video games tournaments in Central Market, Kuala Lumpur.

The shows are from 4-6 pm on Saturdays – 6, 20 and 27 October 2012. There will be a meet-the-artiste session at 3:30pm before each performance. Entrance fee is RM 20 and is inclusive of a typical Malaysian afternoon tea – Roti Jala, Mee Siam, Nyonya Kuih and coffee, tea or juice.

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Notes to the Editors:  1. Interviews with Az Samad can be arranged to your convenience. Kindly contact us via email or call Jasmine Low on 017 623 0288.

2. High resolution images are available upon request. Alternately, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/thegogroup/sets to browse our photo gallery.

Media inquiries:

Jasmine Low, Festival Director mobile: 017 623 0288

email: jasminelow@gointernationalgroup.com

Luna Skye, Festival Producer mobile: 014 234 8593

email: laluna@gointernationalgroup.com

Factsheet

Az Samad

Guitarist-Educator Az Samad has recorded with Grammy Winners Flaco Jiménez & Max Baca; graduated & taught at the prestigious Berklee College of Music; performed in the United States, Europe & Asia; and appeared on 16 CDs ranging in styles from Tex-Mex, Contemporary Jazz to solo acoustic guitar. His works have been described as “richly textured, poetic and atmospheric”. Previously based in Berkeley, California; Az now lives in Kuala Lumpur.

DoPPel Kafe

DoPPel Kafe is the latest addition to the music community and offers a comfortable event space for artists and musicians to showcase their works. Operated by music marketing company Doppelganger Industries, the café has welcomed over 12,000 music lovers since opening in November 2011.

About FEYST12

Launched in 2008, the Malaysian homegrown festival, FEYST: Independent Youth Festival provides an essential creative platform for youth to express, showcase and share their talents. The festival has sent 35 young Malaysian ambassadors to participate in international festivals like Electronic Sports World Cup (San Jose, USA and Paris, France), DreamHack (Sweden), Shanghai World Expo in China and Malaysia Fest Sydney, Australia.

FEYST12 has lined up a 3-month event listing that will surely keep the action packed momentum solid, combining the best of music and digital culture.

This year, the popular outdoor FEYST free concert will take place over two days – on 28 September in Central Market and on 6 October in conjunction with Kreatif Malaysia @ Panggung Anniversari. Over 40 independent acts have been lined up to hit the various stages during FEYST12 such as teenage newcomer Amrita Soon, soulful Dzamira Dzafri, singer songwriter Brian Gomez, guitar educationist Az Samad, post-rock Penang band Damn Dirty Apes, melodic rock band Djezna’s Stalker and many more.

A key highlight is the Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC) Malaysia Qualifier (PS3 FIFA13) pro-gamer qualifier where the winner will head to Paris Games Week (France) to better Malaysia’s 8th placing in last year’s global match. This takes place over two weekends on 29 & 30 September and 6 October 2012.

Other festival activities include Brazilian Capoeira, DoPPelganger World Open Mic, FEYST Music Forum, FEYST Acoustic Live Recorded Show and many more. Visit www.feyst.com for more information.

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