Kirk Lightsey Trio

USA/ Malaysia

Kirk Lightsey is a Michigan-born pianist of immense accomplishment and versatility who constantly explores new voicing and textures, and who has worked with scores of major Jazz stars such as Pharaoh Sanders, Chet Baker, Damita Jo and Marilena Paradisi, among others. Since the mid-90s, Lightsey has lived in France, where he continues to tour and record. Lightsey has played for Motown hit recording sessions, trained with classical pianist Boris Maximovich and toured with American jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon for five years. Over the next decade Lightsey remained in-demand globally, he also released several albums, including 1990’s Nat King Cole tribute “From Kirk to Nat”, and 1994’s “Goodbye Mr. Evans”. In 2004, he issued the live album “The Nights of Bradley’s”, once a top jazz club in New York which ran for 25 years. In 2015 he joined bassist Tibor Elekes and drummer Famoudou Don Moye for the trio album, Le Corbu. Two years later he collaborated with vocalist Marilena Paradasi on “Some Place Called Where”.

Christy Smith is an American professional international bassist who has been based in Singapore since 1993, and has become an important role model for aspiring jazz musicians in the city. Christy spent several years touring with symphonic orchestras, big band and intimate jazz ensembles, appearing with artists like Stevie Wonder, Sarah Vaughn, Erik Hargrove, Jeremy Monteiro, Sam Fletcher, Sheila Majid and Alphonse Mouzon to name a few. He’s known for playing hard-nosed funk grooves as well as improvising over complex jazz progressions. Next to performing, he currently teaches Double Bass and Bass Guitar at United World South East Asia and Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore.

Lewis Paragasam is one of the most highly-regarded musicians to emerge from Asia and has garnered international acclaim as one of Asia’s leading percussionists and an innovator of new trends in world music. Lewis is the founder and moving spirit of the pioneering Asiabeat project, which started in 1979, whose recordings and performances are now legendary in the merging of Asian and Western musical styles. He has toured, performed and/or recorded with many internationally renowned artistes such as Paul Jackson, Tony Levin, Andy Sheppard, and has performed at major festivals around the world including a Royal Command Performance for HRH The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles (Prince Trust Concert) in Edinburgh.

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