Singapore International Jazz Battle 2018 & The Forum (SIJB) is a combination of what we believe can be a powerful tool of support within the community.

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SIJB 2018 brings together the regional learning community of Jazz while creating an inclusive yet competitive platform for participants and listeners in two core segments – a jazz battle comprising both solo and group divisions as well as a forum segment.

Welcome Concert

The event also features a Welcome Concert with an exciting performance lineup by musicians of LASALLE College of The Arts, the SIJB Organising Committee, the international adjudicators and more. Audiences will be treated to a 2-hour display of eclectic musical material, presented by musicians ranging from students to professionals. The concert (and competition in extension) is a diverse showcase of local and international acts, in WLJ SG’s spirit of promoting inclusivity and regional community exchange.  [ Jump to ‘Welcome Concert’ page ]

The Jazz Battle

The Jazz Battle is a competition conceived to promote healthy rivalry among the regional learning community of Jazz. Through this inclusive yet competitive platform, participants will be motivated to exchange ideas and inspire one another, all while gaining constructive insights and encouragement from an international judging panel from Japan and Thailand. [ Jump to ‘jazz battle’ page ]

The Forum & The Youth Forum

In addition, The Forum & The Youth Forum segment aims to foster a communal space of sharing, where community members can gather to strengthen regional networks and international friendships, improving public awareness of Jazz as an art form that blends technical ability, creativity and innovativeness. [ Jump to ‘the forum’ page ]

Fringe Events 

Jazz Workshop by Yuki Arimasa  :
23rd September 11am / SIA Theater

SIJB 2018 Jam Sessions :
21st Blu Jaz Cafe with Christy Smith & Friends
22nd Stage with Das Ge Foo


History of SIJB

Building on the success of our inaugural competition in 2017 with focus on local Singapore groups to compete, this year’s battle will be open to the international participants. It has also been expanded to include strategic partnerships with institutions and organisations from Japan and Thailand.

We Love Jazz Battle (WLJB) 2017

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In our 2017 edition formerly known as We Love Jazz Battle (WLJB), the participating bands included CCA groups from the National University of Singapore, Singapore Polytechnic, Raffles Institution, Nanyang Technological University, Institution of Technical Education, LASALLE College of the Arts, mentorship programs by Greg Lyons ‘ Groove Works, Esplanade’s  Mosaic Fellows even a regional group from Malaysia, The Penang Jazz Society, whom we invited.

WLJP2017 Battle Winning Group : LASALLE College Of The Arts [Genevieve Seah (vocal), Darryl Khoo (guitar), Dickson Goh (piano), Arthur Adika Wiyono (bass) and Ting Wei Yap (drums)]

WLJP2017 Outstanding Musicians :

  • Matthew Tan (piano / Singapore Polytechnic)
  • Arthur Adika Wiyono (bass / LASALLE College Of The Arts)

2017 Adjudicating Panel :

  • Mathilda D’Silva (vocalist, Mediacorp producer)
  • Aya Sekine (pianist, composer, educator, director WLJ SG)
  • Susan Hermer (
    Composer, pianist, educator)
  • Sunny Rattana (jazz pianist, composer lecturer, Silpakorn University, Thailand)
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Images from WLJB 2017

All together, it is a celebration of all levels of learning and promotes positive competition amongst practitioners with one common goal of developing the jazz scene further.

Ready for Open Call? *Application closed for 2018*

To find out about the application guidelines, deadline, attractive prizes & more details from dedicated SIJB Open Call page!

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