Singapore, 7 Sep 2019 – The very first Korea-Singapore Jazz Night organised by the Embassy of
the Republic of Korea (Embassy), in collaboration with the Jazz Association
(Singapore) (JASS), concluded with great success, drawing a crowd of nearly 1,500
attendees to the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage at the Singapore Botanic
Gardens this evening.
This year also
marked the first year the annual Korea Festival line-up featured a jazz
concert. Ambassador Ahn Young-jip addressed people-to-people exchange in the
cultural sector and hoped that the two countries would become closer through
the common language of jazz. The
concert featured two groups of esteemed performers from the local scene of both
countries – the homegrown JASS Ensemble led by Music Director and Singapore’s
“King of Swing” Jeremy Monteiro, and hailing from Korea, acclaimed jazz
vocalist Heo So Young, together with her band.
“It is JASS’ honour to participate
in the first ever Korea-Singapore Jazz Night of the Korea Festival. To initiate
such cultural exchange between two countries through jazz is indeed wonderful
and it was rewarding seeing the diverse audience enjoying themselves,” said
Professor Jeremy Monteiro, Executive Director & Music Director, Jazz
Association (Singapore). The JASS Ensemble and the Heo So-young band performed
a selection of traditional folk classics from both nations, “Singapura"
and “Arirang," in a special collaborative performance that showcased the
best of both cultures.
(From the centre) Mrs Rosa Daniel, CEO for the National Arts Council and Deputy Secretary for the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, H.E. Ahn Young-jip, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Jazz Association (Singapore) and Heo So Young band