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Asia Centre to host talks on impacts of covid on ASEAN/Japan. Photo: City of Hokkaido, Japan. Music Press Asia
How has coronavirus impacted Japan social, economic and political landscape? Music Press Asia News [MPA]
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ASIA Centre To Discuss ASEAN–Japan Coronavirus Impact

Just two days after Japan officially declared Prince Akishino heir to the throne, according to Japantimes, the surge of 200 new coronavirus infections is reported in Hokkaido for the first time.

Asia Centre will be hosting a webinar discussion this November 18 to discuss and exchange post pandemic views with Japanese academics and scholars based in Thailand. Being socially, economically and politically interconnected, ASEAN and Japan are now facing challenging times. Examining the shared implications of the covid-19 pandemic for Japan and Southeast Asia, this webinar will also discuss the challenges…

Music promoters suffered great loss in the pandemic year where social distancing forces closure for large-scale festivals globally. Music Press Asia.
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Indonesia Music Promoters Launches APMI

Following the ongoing reset of the live & entertainment segment in Indonesia, a group of music promoters has decided that drastic times call for drastic imaginative and drastic measures; recently launched Association of Indonesian Music…

The National Museum of Indonesia in Central Jakarta will display the 'Pamor sang Pangeran' exhibition. Music Press Asia
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Indonesia Government Launch Month-long National Cultural Week 2020

Organised by Indonesia’s Education and Culture Ministry’s Culture Directorate General, the 2020 National Culture Week is taking place — virtually — from October 1 to November 30. Efforts to digitally and physically feature 4,791 artists,…

China’s Music Expo Is Going Virtual

Music China, jointly organized by China Musical Instrument Association (CMIA), Shanghai INTEX and Messe Frankfurt, is physically returning to Shanghai New International Expo Centre on October 28-31, 2020. One of the world’s largest expos of musical instruments, Music…

Taiwanese Singer Sammy Chang Collaborates With Sheppard

Sheppard sets new direction heading towards Asia for new collaboration. Having already conquered their hometown of Brisbane, and dominated the Australian market with hits like ‘Geronimo’ and ‘Coming Home’, Sheppard recently collaborated with Taiwanese artist…

Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure

“It’s not often that this happens, that you walk along a corridor and a small, three-year old orangutan walks around the corner towards you. Such a great sight. Yet another experience in this amazing time…

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Malaysia Jazz Marathon 2020, held at Royal Selangor Pewter, goes livestream to help raise funds for the Malaysia Real Book Project. Photo courtesy of Horng Yih Wong.
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12-Hour Jazz Marathon Raises Funds For Malaysian Real Book Project

In what may seem to be another canceled event, the MJPF-TGT Jazz Festival 2020 is, with tenacious persistence, evolving rather unequivocally alongside lockdowns and movement restrictions. Initially postponed, the live event was canceled after its venue close down due to the increasing coronavirus infection nationwide.…

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As Australia preps for more changes in the live music industry, LEIF is launched to assist in its recovery from covid. Image courtesy of LEIF. Music Press Asia
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Australia Preps Return To LIVE

The LEIF COVID-Safe Guidelines was released last week ahead of the Event Summit, taking place online today…

Margosa’s ‘Penawar’ Wins Anugerah Juara Indie 2020

Malaysian indie trio Margosa is hailed winner of Juara Anugerah Lagu Indie (#ALI2020). Its winning song ‘Penawar’ was performed alongside other twelve indie songs at Pentas Akhir at Spacerubix, Kuala Lumpur. And streamed LIVE at Kamar Seni Studio’s YouTube channel…

Filipino Garage Rock The Bernadettes Released Single

The Bernadettes, a Filipino garage rock band, have released latest single ‘Worthless Beautiful’ yesterday. Released by label Lilystars Records, the single signifies the heel of a decade-long absence since their last debut single ‘Let’s Make Babies’ in 2009. Described as…

Interview

In an interview with Music Press Asia, Sidd a member of punk rock band Alien Sky Cult talks about the uncertainties faced in its region. Image courtesy of ASC. Music Press Asia
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Alien Sky Cult: “[This] Is A Tale Of Who We Are”

The pandemic has reached the state of Assam, and more specifically, Sidd’s city of Guwahati, the largest city in Assam in northeastern India. With more rainfalls than other areas in the region, it is where bits of the great Brahmaputra…

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Alex Joy: Rainforest Pavilion & Covid Life in Bali

Q1. Tell us about what got you excited or impacted you the most to start such a group such as Joy Collective? How did it all began? And how has the collective evolved since? Joy Collective started as an idea…

The music of film 'Lessons from Jeju' is produced by Gregory Johnson from AcousticLabs. Music Press Asia.ures. Music Press Asia
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AcousticLabs Produced ‘Lessons from Jeju’ by Patagonia Films

Patagonia Films has recently released its latest short film ‘Lessons from Jeju’. The film centred around a group of freediving and fishing women called the haenyeo. And sees host and professional freediving and environmental activist,…

Niki Zefanya: Not Stopping For Any One

2019 is just about to get more exciting for Indonesian artist Nicole Zefanya, more known as Niki. At just 20 years old, Niki is keeping busy with her latest creative…

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Empty spaces: Live venues are facing an uphill challenge filling up an audience. Image credit Cincinnati Kentucky's Springer Auditorium. Music Press Asia
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Rebooting The Pandemic

As the topic of the pandemic gathers heat in our office, more specifically like a person sitting and warming up the kaftan strewn wooden chair situated in the corner of our editorial division without meaning to leave any time soon, we are grappling with a…

Bechstein exhibiting its pianos at Music China 2019. Music Press Asia
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China’s Music Expo Is Going Virtual

Music China, jointly organized by China Musical Instrument Association (CMIA), Shanghai INTEX and Messe Frankfurt, is physically returning to Shanghai New…

Technology

Inside the IBM Cloud in Dallas, Texas. (Credit: Connie Zhou for IBM). Music Press Asia
IBM has invested over $3 billion in its cloud business, announced in mid-2018, plans to launch 18 new availability zones for the IBM Cloud in high demand centers in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America. Photo: Inside the IBM Cloud in Dallas, Texas. (Credit: Connie Zhou for IBM). Music Press Asia
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Malaysian Firms To Invest In Hybrid Cloud

According to Bernama, a Malaysian national news agency, that in a recent survey by IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV), found that business executives in the country are planning ‘to invest in hybrid multi-cloud platform strategies and capabilities to drive business transformation and to unlock value’. Quoting that IT expenditures, totalling about 19%, is allocated for cloud computing with many…

SEGA Group Invest In AI Powered Music Discovery Platform Flutin

Flutin recently announced an investment partnership with SEGA Group as part of its expansion into gaming and digital entertainment. The investment will enable Flutin to further strengthen its user base in key markets like the US. Based in India but growing across the globe, Flutin…

Midemlab Music Startup Competition Is Now Open For Registration

Midemlab, the leading music tech startup competition, is calling startups to register and pitch their innovative solutions for the music and entertainment industry. The competition, over the last 12 edition, has seen the participation of over 250 music startups from 36 countries. And provides finalists…

Can Artificial Intelligence Overtake Creative Output?

Have you yet considered the implications of artificial intelligence in the music industry? When a group of developers working at Microsoft Japan gave birth to the world’s first high-school-girl A.I., we began to foster the idea that the artificial intelligence world is on a sprint.…

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Pamungkas was a member of Potenzia before launching a solo career in 2018. Music Press Asia.
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Pamungkas was a member of Potenzia before launching a solo career in 2018. Music Press Asia.
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Indonesian Singer Songwriter Pamungkas Released Latest Album ‘Solipsism’

Within the last three years, electronic pop artist Rizky Pamungkas has rather quietly and confidently mustered quite a number of listeners. Having only released the album ‘The End of Flying Solo Era’ last month with The PeoplePeople, a pseudonym which he uses with much deceptive naivete. And as impressively duplicitous as it may sound – in a very good way…

Music Editor: ‘Why I’ve Cancelled Spotify Premium’

As I gradually wind down for the day pondering the thought on how my weekend would actually unfold, I began to scroll through the music apps in my smartphone in an attempt to track down music that I deem sacred for listening only for the…

Creative Lyrics Amid A Spreading Virus

While some of us are slaving away working from home, not really, majority of us who are practicing or officially in lockdown or maintaining social distancing have found new ways to hustle with time and their creative outpour. For most of us, it has never…

Parasite: Jung Jaeil’s Film Scoring A Satire

Parasite, the first-ever South Korean film to win best picture at the Academy Awards, officially turned Korea’s film industry into a global phenomenon.When all attention is on Bong Joon Ho’s buoyant words at the red carpet, and later, on stage receiving the trophy, we see…

Conference

Broadcast Asia's virtual exhibitors include Amazon, Sony Electronics and Roland. Music Press Asia
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ConnecTechAsia Conference Goes Virtual Today

ConnecTechAsia’s virtual conference begins today will be featuring over 220 speakers and more than 200 sessions. Covering some of Asia’s latest trends within the Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) space. With more than 10,000 attendees expected to connect to the virtual event, ConnecTechAsia2020 is set…

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