WHAT IS TROUBADOURS?
Troubadours is a series of monthly live music gigs featuring singer songwriters playing original material. We're based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and we strongly support local musicians, especially those who write and perform their own material.
We started in April 2005 at Paul's Place, KL, as a supporting event for KL Sing Song 2005. That first night was a major singathon featuring not less than 18 local and visiting singer songwriters. It was crazy but beautiful.
In June 2005, we set up residence at La Bodega KL, Tengkat Tong Shin, sharing the space with Doppelganger (which is an open, open stage night for local performers). Doppelganger happens every 1st Sunday of the month. Troubadours happens every 3rd Sunday.
Since June 2005, we've had five shows at La Bodega KL, including two joint shows with Doppelganger. When we do joint shows, we call ourselves Troubaganger (haha geddit?). Check out the Troubaganger site
Over the past months, we've had up and down attendances - sometimes packed out, sometimes just comfy, sometimes a bit spaced out. Since we happen on a Sunday night, we usually get a very relaxed crowd. But it's good. We've had several shows where people stayed until the wee hours cause they wanted more and more music. It's been an incredible response so far.
Here's a brief gigography of previous shows.
6 April 2005, Paul’s Place
Featuring: Ariff Akhir, Azmyl Yunor, Jerome Kugan, Peter Hassan Brown, Reza, Ron, Sei Hon, Warren Chan, Meor etc. With guests June Somsiri Sangkeow, Kelvin Tan, Oppie Andaresta. Over 18 singer songwriters. Crazy.
TROUBAGANGER JOINT LAUNCH
June 5, La Bodega KL
Featuring: Mei Chern, Reza Salleh, Prozac Nation and lotsa open mic acts.
June 19, La Bodega KL
Featuring Soft Touch, Lied and lotsa open mic acts.
July 17, La Bodega KL
Shelley Leong, Tragicomedy, and lotsa open mic acts.
August 23, La Bodega KL
Featuring: Meor, Azmyl Yunor + special guests The Sofa Sessions and Euseng.
TROUBAGANGER MERDEKA SPECIAL
August 30, La Bodega KL
Featuring: Shanon Shah, Reza Salleh, Jerome Kugan, Azmyl Yunor, Zalila Lee, Hanafi, Hannah & Nell. Plus readings by Bernice Chauly, Pang Khee Teik and Jasmine Low.
September 18, La Bodega KL
Featuring: Furniture, Ferns and Izzy.
As you can see, our list of performers is rather eclectic. We're not really bothered by genre, fashion or style. Some of our performers play very smooth and mellow, more mainstream stuff, some are more confronting and alternative, some are just plain dreamy.
What we want to promote at Troubadours are singer songwriters who have got something to share with the fledgling community or musicians here in KL.
Hence, our tagline: "Real people. Real music." Also, it's a chance for the public to hear the impressive repertoire of original music that's being written by local singer songwriters.
At this point, we'd like to thank La Bodega for their wonderful continuing support. We'd like to thank KLue, The Star, www.kakiseni.com and friends who have helped promote the shows. Last but not least, we'd like to thank all who came and contributed to the warm and friendly atmosphere at Troubadours.
Watch out for our next show on 16 October. We're still confirming our featured acts but we may get Love Me Butch and Sara Lo to play. Keep watching this space!