Jazz in Koh Samui
Koh Samui continues to think of new and interesting ways to promote tourism in the island. The annual Samui Jazz International Music Festival has now managed two successful years attracting both plenty of attendees and some big name international and Thai jazz musicians.
The first Samui Jazz Festival
The first Samui Jazz Festival was held in September 2010 and took place over various beach front venues in Fisherman's Village, Bophut, Chaweng and Lamai. Entrance to the music concerts was free and those lucky enough to get to the concerts were treated to the jazz stylings of people such as Saskia Laroo, Renske Taminiau, Alexander Beets and over 100 established Thai Jazz musicians. Many of the Thai musicians played for the impressive Nontri Orchestra.
The Second Samui Jazz Festival
In 2011 the second Samui Jazz Music Festival changed its format. It occurred again in September. However Samui Jazz 2011 focused on choosing better venues and some of these places charged for entrance.
The venues for the Samui Jazz Festival 2011 were all stylish beachfront settings in luxury resorts such as Amari Palm Resort (Chaweng), Rocky's Boutique Resort (Lamai), Karma Samui (Chaweng), Nora Buri (Chaweng), Anantara Bophut Resort and Spa and the Beach Republic (Lamai).
All the performances were well attended and a host of jazz musicians gave some scintillating performances. Jazz styles ranged from the Frank Sinatra imitation of 'Frank in Person' to Afro-Caribbean calypso of Izaline Calister to jazz guitar with Jerry Byrd. Musicians came from Holland, Thailand, Israel and Canada.
The Samui Jazz Music Festival 2011 finished with a 5 sax late night set at the Beach Republic. It was this venue that provided the most impressive stage - they built a covered stage with traditional Thai thatching next to a swimming pool.
It is no doubt that the Samui Jazz International Music Festival has taken off as an annual event. It is drawing more and more musicians (who wouldn't want to play on a tropical island?) and more sponsors. The Samui Jazz Festival in September will surely become another reason why people will come to Koh Samui.
For more information visit theSamui Jazz Festival website.