MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL SAYS ‘CELLO!’ TO SINGAPORE
FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 50-YEAR ANNIVERSARY BY BRINGING SAX-Y BACK: OPENS MONTREUX JAZZ CAFÉ IN SINGAPORE
Contemporary cuisine, intimate live performances and lush dramatic interiors are beginning to harmonise in Singapore, hitting a crescendo in October with the official launch of Montreux Jazz Café. Beats and treats from the East and West will take centre stage as Montreux Jazz Café shines the spotlight on local and global talent and tastebuds.
In its 50-year history, the Montreux Jazz Festival last appeared in Singapore in 2005. Its highly anticipated comeback in the form of the Montreux Jazz Café, will see the return of an expansive musical showcase inspired by the Festival – grounded in jazz and blues while embracing the spirit of improvisation and experimentation to feature world music and eclectic artists, including many genres such as rock, pop and hip-hop.
To be situated in the sophisticated Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore with a capacity for up to 500, guests can expect to be treated to all forms of great live music via regular programming featuring the best local and regional original acts.
A passion for memorable moments is at the heart of Montreux Jazz Café Singapore and it beats right through from the intimate space between the world’s biggest acts and their audience; to upscale dining influenced by private evenings and jam sessions at Founder Claude Nobs’ own chalet.
Montreux Jazz Festival Director, Mathieu Jaton, is thrilled to be leaving a global musical footprint in Asia through Montreux Jazz Café Singapore as the likes of Nina Simone, David Bowie and Stevie Wonder have all graced the Festival’s stages.
"Montreux Jazz Café Singapore will become the crown jewel of live music royalty as the only venue of its kind in Asia. Our cafes are ambassadors for the Montreux Jazz Festival and Singapore now joins the likes of Zurich, Paris and Abu Dhabi as a world-leader in jazz-inspired music and upscale dining,” Jaton said.
Swiss Ambassador to Singapore, Mr Thomas Kupfer adds, “The Montreux Jazz Festival is one of the most loved and exciting musical brands globally, so we believe the opening of the Montreux Jazz Café in Singapore will undoubtedly be received very enthusiastically by a wide and diverse audience from around the region who not only enjoy live music, but are looking for experiential entertainment and dining.
Over the last 50 years, Switzerland and Singapore have maintained excellent ties, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to strengthen and build another link between the two countries.”
The buzz in Singapore has already started with local jazz-great, Jeremy Monteiro commenting, “It was a great pleasure that I learned that the Montreux Jazz Cafe will be opening in Singapore. The Montreux Jazz Cafe will allow me to re-live my memories of my enjoyable visits to Montreux and will allow Singaporean music fans to enjoy the eclectic music of Montreux which is Jazz, Blues and Beyond!”
In addition to unforgettable musical performances, tastemakers from around the world have come to pia-know the Montreux Jazz Café menu inside-out, featuring the famous B.B. Burger, Coquelet façon Quincy Jones, and the succulent Ella’s Cheesecake.
Beyond the extraordinary experiences, The Montreux Jazz Festival has shown great vision in recording every single concert from the very beginning, and these archives have been recognized by UNESCO through inclusion in the “Memory of the World Register”. Guests are invited to relive this hard-to-find musical odyssey at Montreux Jazz Café Singapore.
The 2016 Montreux Jazz Festival takes place from July 1 to 16 on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland; followed by the official opening of the Montreux Jazz Cafe in Singapore come early October.
About Montreux Jazz Café
Trained as a chef, Claude Nobs (the founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival) took his passion for gastronomy and his sense of hospitality far beyond the Festival. In 2008, the Montreux Jazz Café was born, designed as a welcoming space where cuisine and music could combine in a way never seen before. Conceived to be ambassadors of the Festival, the Montreux Jazz Cafés offer an atmosphere and dishes crafted with the very passion so characteristic of those inimitable Montreux moments.
For more information, please visit www.montreuxjazzcafe.com
To relive 50 years of this striking live music odyssey, please visit the multimedia platform of the Festival at www.montreuxjazz.com
For the history of the Montreux Jazz Festival, please visit www.montreuxjazzfestival.com/en/universe-festival