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Bill Bensley, Designing Paradise. Music Press Asia
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Designing Paradise with Bill Bensley

Few can match the rich works of Bill Bensley when it comes to luxury design — landscaping, interiors and architecture —  in the hospitality world. Having designed more than two hundred properties since 1989, this television series made of thirteen episodes focus on some of the resorts and hotels located specially in Southeast Asia. Behind-the-scene footage show unfinished resorts, hotels and palaces that will soon see a grand transformation into lush gardens and chalets that are hidden between coconuts trees and palms. And to top its design as being downright…

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Written by Malaysian writer Adele Lim, Disney's latest animation project is also featuring four music artistes from Southeast Asia. Music Press Asia
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Raisa, Yonnyboii, SPRITE and Matthaios Featured on Disney Animation Soundtrack

Four music artistes hailing from Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia have joined forces on a striking musical collaboration, titled Trust Again.  Inspired by the diverse cultures of Southeast Asia, Walt Disney Animation Studios have released Raya and the Last Dragon — its very first animation film representing the spirit of various Southeast Asian nations. The trilingual track, in line with…

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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. But with the excitement still cranked high, there was a need for drastic transformation; one…

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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, 27 conferences, 93 performances, 5 virtual competitions, 16 workshops and 5 exhibitions. For lovers of paintings by Affandi, Alam Ruang Manuasia (Human Space Realm) is…

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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 river drain passes before emptying into the Bay of Bengal. Besides the pandemic, the Guwahatians are also facing great changes…

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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 where LEIF will unveil, along with partners EY, a first ever study to assess the economic contribution of the live entertainment industry in Australia. The Live Entertainment Industry Forum (LEIF), which represents Australia’s largest live entertainment and sport businesses has recently released its COVID-Safe Guidelines. Formed in…

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Margosa's song 'Penawar', produced by SOG Production, wins Anugerah Juara Indie 2020. Music Press Asia
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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 two days ago (October 3). ‘Penawar’ directly means antidote — is composed by Raja Nazrin Shah (SOG Production); lyrics by…

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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 International Expo Centre on October 28-31, 2020. One of the world’s largest expos of musical instruments, Music China, last year alone, hosted more than 2,400 exhibitors from over 34 countries and regions, drawing 122,519 attendees from 78 countries and regions. According to Music China, in order to seize the critical…

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Watch the reimagined folktale of Sang Kancil at the premiere of How Beruang Lost His Tail, directed by Lim Kien Lee. Music Press Asia
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Malaysia Tourism Ministry Launched First Virtual Festival

Though live events have been authorized since July, the performing arts sector is still hustling to recover as theatregoers all over South Asia are still taking a breather from buying tickets to attend live event.Partnering with Masakini Theatre, Sutra Foundation and Surprise Venture, Gerak Angin is Malaysia’s first virtual arts festival. What’s most striking about the music industry right this…

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Lalgudi Trust celebrates Indian icon's 90th birth anniversary. Image courtesy of Milap Production. Music Press Asia
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Milap, Lalgudi Trust Celebrate India’s Hindustani & Carnatic Icon

Maestro musician Lalgudi G Jayaraman is one of India’s most recent classical music contributor. A trailblazing performer, composer and teacher, Lalgudi has left behind an incredible body of compositions and a host of distinguished artists that he mentored over the years. And on 17 September 2020, Lalgudi G Jayaraman would have been 90 years old. As part of the Sri…

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