Samui Summer Jazz Week
The beautiful Island of Samui has a long history in presenting international jazz musicians from all over the world. It started in 2008 with a concert serie bulding up to the first big eleven days festival in 2010 presenting a international line-up from all over the world. Also that year there was a large musical delegation from the Netherlands including Jeroen van Vliet, Mete Erker, Phaedra Kwant, Roos, Renske Taminiau, Eline, Rolf Delfos, Susanne Alt and Alexander Beets. This initiative came from Buma Cultuur and JazzNL to connect the Thai and Dutch Jazz scene.
Up until 2015 each year Samui had an international festival for Jazz and World Music also presenting Thai Jazz Musicians. As side program Thai art, lectures and workshops were included in the program.
From 7th till 12th of June Samui will be the center of a new international jazz festival initiative. With the help if the International Jazz Festival alliance Foundation and Foundation JazzNL a large delegation of Dutch International Jazz and World Music artists will perform during the Samui Summer Jazz Week. The famous saxophone player Koh MrSaxman will curate the festival as artictic director and he invited Saskia Laroo Band, Paul van Kessel, Natalie Schaap, Alexander Beets Quintet and Ben van den Dungen Quartet feat. Deborah Carter. From Thailand there will be four groups presenting in the festival.
Thai-Dutch Jazz Connection
Samui Jazz Week 2022
There has been a special Thai-Dutch Jazz connection for quite some time (since 2008). In which Dutch musicians, festivals and culture experts learn from Thai musicians, festivals and vice versa. Jazz expeditions are being organized and we are looking at how we can raise the infrastructure to a higher level. During these expeditions music is made together, new music is composed, there are workshops and master classes. Knowledge is also exchanged regarding to festivals, marketing, production, etc. A special connection in which beautiful memories are made.
About SKAL International Koh Samui
SKAL International Koh Samui is one of six SKAL Clubs currently operating in Thailand under the umbrella of SKAL International Thailand which is part of the SKAL International global network of travel and tourism professionals with some 13,000 members worldwide.
The club currently has close to 80 members representing the island’s significant travel and hospitality sector. The club organises monthly networking events including breakfasts, cocktails and dinners for its members, always emphasizing the mission of SKAL which is ‘Doing business among friends.’
The club has more recently introduced an education-focused Webinar series entitled ‘SKAL Talks Thailand’ which features speakers from the travel and tourism sector, sharing their insights and strategies in the interest of all members, in Samui and across Thailand.
In 2020 during the pandemic, SKAL Koh Samui was also the instigator of a nation-wide consumer-facing tourism campaign #RediscoverSamui which has subsequently been expanded to include #RediscoverThailand with each of the clubs launching their own #Rediscover…. website and social media campaigns aimed at boosting tourism to Thailand.
https://kohsamui.skal.org/ | www.RedDiscoverSamui.com