A Night with Az Samad – Solo Guitar Retrospective

Az Samad

If you’ve not heard of the name Az Samad, then it’s about time you did. The talented Malaysian guitarist-composer is set to perform an extended solo guitar concert at No Black Tie next week, something he hasn’t done since June last year. Formerly based in Berkeley, California, Az is now back in Kuala Lumpur.

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[pullquote align=”left”]”Az squeezes out a whole new sonic universe for the acoustic guitar.”  Pete Teo[/pullquote] Az will be performing two sets of solo guitar  from material he wrote back in 2001 until present day. Expect some rarities never before performed. Known for his poetic pieces, finger-picking and impressive fret-work, Az will also play on solo steel string guitar and nylon string guitar (perhaps even some solo electric!).

Az cites Nirvana, Michael Hedges and Dave Matthews Band as major influences, and the late Eric Roche whom he met in UK.

Az has an impressive performance history aside from his accolades and critical acclaim. No stranger to the local music scene, he was nominated for Best Solo Performance (Music) in the first ever Cameronian Arts Award in 2003, a prestigious event for the arts community in Malaysia. He has also performed alongside Shelley Leong and Jazz Odyssey at various jazz and music festivals.

A little background of Az from his website:
Guitarist-Composer Az Samad has performed in the United States, Europe and Asia. A versatile musician who has appeared on sixteen CDs (seven of which are his solo releases), Az has worked with Grammy winners Flaco Jiménez and Max Baca, drummer Bernie Dresel (Brian Setzer Orchestra), singer-songwriters Tara Linda and Reza Salleh, guitarists John Stowell, Stuart Ryan, and Teja Gerken; world music ensemble Bogofusion; electronic jazz-funk group Planet Loop; Cumbia-Dub band Candelaria; and string jazz ensemble JazzMine. He has also performed as part of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in sold-out performances and worked with conductors Richard Kaufman (USA) and Mark Fitz-Gerald (UK).[pullquote align=”right”]”This is one guy who can finger-pick, hold massive grape fruit-sized chords and make his guitar gently weep with the best.” KLue Magazine[/pullquote]

As an educator, Az has been on the faculty of Berklee College of Music’s Summer Guitar Sessions and has taught workshops at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut; Culturefest in Pipestem, West Virginia; and The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California. Recently, he embarked on his first European tour with California-based Tara Linda & The Tortilla Western Trio performing in the Folk Segovia Festival, Spain & a 3-night residency at Töpferei Niehenke, Hasbergen, Germany. The Amsterdam Recordings – his first solo electric fingerstyle guitar album was recorded during the tour. Previously based in Berkeley, California; Az now lives in Kuala Lumpur.

Love this rendition of Over the Rainbow / Getaran Jiwa:

So, come experience a night of Az’s signature blend of textured acoustic brilliance and poetic explorations.

Date: 27 August 2012
Time: 9.30pm
Cover Charge: RM30
No Black Tie
17 Jalan Mesui,
Off Jalan Nagasari,
50200 Kuala Lumpur,


To avoid disappointment, do make reservations by calling: 03-2142 3737 (call after 5pm)


Az Samad poster

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Nuffnang Blogopolis 2012 to set Malaysian blogosphere ablaze this weekend

Nuffnang Blogopolis 2012

Hello, Nuffnang Blogopolis 2012! A blog-o-what, you say? Blogopolis is a conference put together by bloggers for bloggers. It’s a community event to gather Malaysia’s blogger community together to share, educate and learn. Blogopolis is organized by Nuffnang, Malaysia’s number one blogging network and supported by official broadband sponsors P1 with partners – Toshiba, Exabytes, MPH Bookstores, RedFM and Gua.com.my.

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Blogopolis will be a day-long event covering nine different blogging masterclasses suitable for bloggers of all types of niches and experience. These masterclasses will help enhance bloggers’ blogging skills and knowledge. It will also be an opportunity to meet some of the biggest and most influential names in the Malaysian and regional blogosphere.

Some master-class tracks include:

  • Sourcing and Content Generation
  • Finding Yourself
  • Building Your Brand
  • Blog Design 101
  • Blog Photography 101
  • SEO and Analytics for Dummies
  • Leveraging on Different Platforms
  • Opportunities Gained Through Blogging
  • The Malaysian Blogosphere

Some big names who will be making an appearance include Xiaxue, one of Singapore’s top bloggers; James Yeang @friedbeef of Google Malaysia, top Malay blogger Nara (beautifulnara.com), CEO of Malaysiakini.com Premesh Chandran, and Kenny Sia, just to name a few.

Details of Nuffnang Blogopolis 2012:
Date: 14 July 2012, Saturday
Time: 8.00am – 7.00pm
Venue: Concorde Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

This Saturday is going to be scorching. See ya there!

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A Night of Glitz and Glamour at Pavilion Pit Stop 2012

Pavilion Pitstop 2012

March 27 marked a night of glitz and glamour at the most anticipated red carpet event of Pavilion Pit Stop 2012. Themed ‘A Glamorous Night of Fashion’, Pavilion KL in partnership with MasterCard Worldwide, played host to a thrilling, buzzing night in commemoration with the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix. Pavilion Pit Stop represents five adrenaline-charged pitstops – Fashion & Party Pit Stop, Shopping Pit Stop, Cars Pit Stop, Connection Pit Stop and Dining Pit Stop. Popular celebrities, corporate heavyweights, socialites, influential media and the city’s fashionistas mingled and celebrated with a high energy fashion show by Shanghai Tang and Karen Millen including a flawless musical tribute to Whitney Houston delivered by Malaysia’s diva Ning Baizura.

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Malaysians Shuffle with LMFAO at Samsung Party Rocks

Samsung Party Rocks LMFAO Live in KL 2012. Image credit: Samsung Malaysia

Samsung Party Rocks LMFAO Live in KL 2012. Image credit: Samsung Malaysia

Everyone was shufflin’ at Samsung’s Party Rocks with the quirky, energetic and fun LMFAO on 9th of April 2012 at Sunway Lagoon’s Surf Beach. Official sponsor of the event, Samsung also set the mood by having their mini-carnival on site earlier in the day, giving fans free software upgrades for their Samsung phones, chances to win exclusive merchandise they could bring to the concert and browse at Samsung products as well.

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Samsung GALAXY Y Owners Flood Sunway Pyramid for Free LMFAO Tickets

Fans holding up their Samsung GALAXY Y’s while waiting in line for free LMFAO tickets.

Fans holding up their Samsung GALAXY Y’s while waiting in line for free LMFAO tickets.

Samsung, official title sponsor of the LMFAO LIVE IN MALAYSIA 2012 concert, gave away two free tickets per fan at a special ticket redemption event in five major cities around Malaysia recently. Hundreds of fans thronged to pick up their free tickets, merely needing to flash their Samsung GALAXY Y phones to redeem.
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