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Fygi drops by JZ for two gigs

WITH an internationally acclaimed music career spanning two decades, Dutch songstress Laura Fygi will be performing two exclusive shows at JZ Club next week.

The show will kick off her China tour in celebration of her 20th anniversary as a solo artist, as well as in support of her latest album "The Best Is Yet To Come."

Accompanying her will be the JZ All-Star Big Band led by Nicholas Bouloukos.

Fygi will not only perform a collection of her hits from the past years but also songs from the new album. "The tracks are my favorite big band songs so you can imagine I am very proud of this album," says Fygi.

She says it was great to work with two of her own musicians who produced and arranged the album. "Working with a big band was always on my list of wishes," the 55-year-old says.

She also intends to surprise the JZ audience by singing the Chinese song "Rose, Rose I Love You." Later this month in Hong Kong, Fygi will meet Rebecca Pan, who was born in the 1930s and is the original singer of this song.

Over the past two decades, Fygi has been one of the world's most successful jazz artists.

She has worked with big names in today's music scene such as Michael Franks, Michel Legrand, and Jean "Toots" Thielemans and has also toured the world, performing at big venues across Asia and Europe, including the renowned Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London.

"I love being a singer and it enables me to travel around the world and experience different cultures," she says. "In music I can express all my feelings and emotions. Most of all I enjoy the fact that my music makes people happy."

Fygi's favorite singers are Julie London, Al Jarreau and Michael Franks. It will not be the first time Fygi has been to Shanghai.

"I really love it and I think it is very Western," the singer says. "Beautiful buildings, great restaurants, nice shops. It has everything I like."

She says during this tour she is looking forward to visiting Guangzhou and Shenzhen, cities she's never been before.

The JZ All-Star Big Band has received critical acclaim for its weekly Saturday night shows, its jazz festival gigs with internationally renowned artist Dee Dee Bridgewater, and for its television appearances, including the 2010 ICS Spring Festival Gala with Michael Wong.

Date: May 26-27, 8-9pm

Venue: JZ Club, 46 Fuxing Rd W. (near Yongfu Rd)

Tickets: 300 yuan

Tel: 6431-1075


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