Monthly Archives: December 2015

A No Black Tie Presentation: Doo Doo Rascals

14th December 2015: A No Black Tie Presentation: Doo Doo Rascals. Jazz band with young cats!

Dave Kitzkiniki on guitar.

Joelle Benson on keys.

Cliff Wong on drums.

Herman Ramanado on bass (the bad news being that this was his last gig; the good news being that he was awarded a scholarship to Berklee College Of Music!)

Frances Tsen on vocals.

Herman also sings! He will go far.

Frances is secretly an elf.

Crinkle Cut +1 (Vicky Chin filled in for keyboard duties when Grace Foo was away on a ship.)

Crinkle Cut +1 +Crinkle Cute.

Rock the World 15

12th December 2015: Rock the World 15. Time for my annual pilgrimage to the Bukit Jalil Car Park!

Awesome gate.

First band I caught: The MASH, at the Indie Stage.

Over at the Noisy Stage, Sekumpulan Orang Gila.

Meanwhile, at the Main Stage, The Pilgrims.


Emcee for the Noisy Stage.

Fadhil, emcee for the Indie Stage.

Big, emcee for the Main Stage.

Incarnation, Noisy Stage.

Abang Rom.

Tona Warna, Indie Stage.

Subculture, Main Stage.

I found Wally… I mean, Waldo…

Bil Musa, Indie Stage.

Fook was part of her band.

Restraint, Noisy Stage.

ACAB, Main Stage.

Love how the rest of the band is coordinated.

Grey Sky Morning, Indie Stage.

Backstage, in the artiste lounge area, I found Sonny with a cool tattoo.

Tres Empre, Noisy Stage.

Alright, how many watts/coils is your vape again?

Sometimes I get lucky with the lighting.

It was getting dark, and the stage lights were on.

Massacre Conspiracy, Main Stage.

Standard metalcore vocalist pose.

Sonny guest bass playing for…

An Honest Mistake!

The Indie Stage, like every other stage, was getting rained on.

Now follow me as I do a guitar flip…

Sonny’s guitar strap came off, throwing the bass on the floor! He picked it up after getting over the shock.

Business as usual, boys!

Pew pew pew!

The Padangs, Noisy Stage.

Nastia, Indie Stage.

Sil Khannaz.

They dominated the Main Stage.

Thy Regiment, thy Noisy Stage.

I’d pop in the artiste area again, to see Izzy blocking Sheryl’s smartphone usage.

Koffin Kanser, Main Stage.

Some crowdsurfing, as always.

Kids On The Move.

Noisy Stage, where vocalists are prone to coming to the barricades.

Langsuyr. From this point onwards, the acts were all at the Main Stage; the other two closed for the night.


Radhi, of course.


They invited a guest vocalist.

Everybody seemed to know the simple singalong lyrics.

Double bass.

There’s an innocent face under those dreadlocks, but I’ll put this picture instead.

Plague Of Happiness closed the night.

Feedback Open Mic @ The Bee Jaya One ft. Isabel Jia Jia & Ariff Akhir / December 2015 Edition

8th December 2015: Feedback Open Mic @ The Bee Jaya One ft. Isabel Jia Jia & Ariff Akhir / December 2015 Edition. Here’s Dyan Tai!

Isaac Ho.


Chee Ming.

Jessie & Sharmaine.

The superb Angel Ang.

Nabilah & Mohd.

Ariff Akhir, first featured act, who dedicated a song for me.

Reza Salleh, emcee and organizer.

Aina Abdul.

She has a song on iTunes!

Reza Salleh, filling in for the second featured act, Isabel Jia Jia, who could not make it.

Melinya, usually the sound engineer, is now sound engineered.

Closing the night, since there was more time, was Jessie & Sharmaine again.

The nicely shellacked stool that the open micers use, makes me imagine a Kopiko sweet.

12th Penang Island Jazz Festival 2015

Note: Edited 10:10AM +800 GMT 30th December 2015 with corrections from Yin and Viv Adram.

4th-6th December 2015: 12th Penang Island Jazz Festival 2015. But first, here’s a random shot of Kien Lim who I bumped into in China House, Georgetown, on the 3rd of December 2015!

Next day, 4th December: Nurul Rahman, at the Bayview Beach Resort Grand Ballroom.

Fred Cheah.

Viv Adram.

Keyboard solo…

…led to the fusion of CaboCubaJazz.


They invited guitarists up to jam. Spot the Az Samad!

Saxophonists, too, Derek Brown included.

Next day, 5th December: Stellar Daze.

They were playing at the Bayview Beach Resort Lobby.

The Bayview Beach Resort Gardens!

Angelika Niescier NOW Trio.

I didn’t manage to catch the rest of the acts, as I retired to sleep as I was down with a bad flu.

Last day, 6th December: Nina And The Butterfly Fish had a workshop.

Teaching polyrhythm.

Feedback Open Mic ft Ferns & Kyogg @ The Bee Publika / November 2015 Edition

24th November 2015: Feedback Open Mic ft Ferns & Kyogg @ The Bee Publika / November 2015 Edition. Here’s emcee and host, Hameer Zawawi!

Kaevin & Isaac.

Dyan Tai. (Thanks for the update Dyan!)

Wow, a blinged-out keytar! As if keytars weren’t extraordinary in themselves, in terms of dominating stages. This is the 49-key Roland AX-Synth.

As if the night couldn’t get any more interesting, here’s MISIOM bringing on the opera.

The Spirals, with a charismatic vocalist!

I noticed how sweet and slim this 7-string was cut.

The Message.

Didn’t catch this rap group’s name.

First featured act, Ferns.

Cool T-shirt.

Bancuh, with covers of Jimi Hendrix – Bold As Love and Cream’s version of Crossroads.

Second featured act, Kyogg.

Photographer, musician and secretly an agency man…

Happy Fingers.

Josh and two-thirds of Jumero, and some other folks.

Qi Ming.

Angel Ang with an awesome cover of Meghan Trainor – Like I’m Gonna Lose You (feat. John Legend).


Azfar Alias.

The Middlesons.