A Gust Of August Gigs

9th August 2012: Az Samad Trio @ The Venue, Pavilion KL. Herman Ramanado, one heck of a groovy cat, was on bass guitar this time!

Az basks in the smoke and lights.

Zalila Lee on percussion.

I always enjoyed The Venue’s lights – they don’t dance as much as others do, so I don’t get large variances in exposure and white balance.

Zalila on cajon.

Amirhooman, a guitar student of Az’s in the audience, has a damn cool moustache.

They did a cover of Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together. I’m not sure if this was the point where I got the song stuck in my head, because it bubbled up a year later.

During the intermission, Zyan performed a few songs.

And now we’re back!

The night ended with pianist, David Gomes.

Before the show, a bunch of us were sitting outside The Venue, when we realized that all our phones were running on different operating systems! How rare that would be – clockwise from top – iOS, Windows Phone, Android, BlackBerry OS, and Symbian.

Then, on the 27th of August 2012, I was down in Jalan Mesui for one of the longer-running establishments of the music scene – No Black Tie! The event was Az Samad – Solo Guitar Retrospective @ No Black Tie.

Az and his knock-on-wood harmonics.

His parents were in the crowd.

The William Jeffrey Jones Proteus Electric Guitar.

Some days I wish they had hair lights on the stage.

Az on ukulele!

The next day was the 28th of August 2012, where I found myself at Feedback Open Mic at The Bee, Publika. This was Lufti, with a smooth, manly voice and a backing track.



The very adorable Bay!

First featured act, Halfway Kings.

I love how the band has blossomed – I really feel that Stevie Nicks rocker vibe from Adeline.

This is what happens when you shoot at too fast a shutter speed – it captures the flourescent lights exposing only part of the frame.

March The Angel/Gaga, I think.

Ariff AB.

Now with accompaniment!

Narmi, once known as Imran, drummer of One Buck Short.

Remy J, once known as Jeremy.

Darren Ashley, second featured act. He does a loop pedal vocal orchestra.

In his past life, he laid out some funky, jazzy tunes.

Fazz was a pleasant surprise. They played what would sound like cabaret jazz. This was the first time I’d ever seen them – what a first impression! Note that Raja Farouque was on guitar and not his usual double-bass role in the band.

Everybody looked and dressed different. This was their pre-hipster phase.

What a voice! Kevin Vong stuns the crowd.

Sheryl Goh said I had a nice T-shirt. It was An Honest Mistake’s first purple dinosaur shirt, and she was singing in the band. Thus we took a picture.

All shots with the Sony Alpha NEX-5, Opteka 85mm F1.4 through Sony LA-EA1 adapter and Sony E 16mm F2.8 pancake lens.

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