The Senses


Taking place at The Habitat Penang Hill’s Curtis Crest, “The Senses” is a one-of-a-kind concert offering an all-round sensorial experience in Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve’s 130-million-years-old rainforest. Prepare to be mesmerised by Alena Murang, FAZZ, and Jumero while savouring the serenity of an ancient rainforest under the cover of the stars. Best of all, you can embrace the 360-degree panoramic views of Penang Island and watch the city’s lights sparkle in the dusk like ground-level fireworks from the highest viewing point of Penang, which is the Curtis Crest! It’s magical, it’s breathtaking, it’s going to be amazing!

Alena Murang

Alena Murang is an award-winning artist from Sarawak who delves into Sarawakian culture throughout her work; playing the sape, singing in the endangered Kenyah and Kelabit languages and dances the hornbill dance. She writes songs, performs, teaches and paints, making her a multi-disciplinary artist. She aims to improve and deepen people’s understanding of Dayak culture as well as to encourage others to learn about their own heritage and to showcase ‘traditional music’ as contemporary and relevant. Alena Murang and the band have recently released a new album “Sky Songs”. She will be joined by Penangite Sara Heng on guzheng, Simmy Lor on keyboard and tin whistle, Joshua Maran on drums and guitar, and Fook on bass guitar.


Formed in 2011, FAZZ consists of members Yonlynn (vocal), RFB (bass), Grace (keyboard/piano), Aabid (saxophone/clarinet) and Ayam (drums). Despite being frequently identified as a jazz band, FAZZ focuses on the delivery of swing with other influences, such as electronic, pop, and rock. Showmanship and storytelling has also been FAZZ’s signature style on stage, for the band is heavily influenced by a theatrical narrative. FAZZ also had touring experiences locally and abroad, covering cities such as Seoul, Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo, Singapore, and more.


Malaysian band Jumero – consisting of brothers Jared (vocalist and guitarist) and Michael Lim (bassist and backup vocalist) – has been making music and jamming together for almost ten years. Jumero won The Star R.Age Open Mic competition in 2012 and since then has performed at several music festivals in Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and China. The band recently wrote and performed two songs on the soundtrack of “Measure of Revenge”, an American thriller movie.

About The Habitat Penang Hill

The Habitat Penang Hill is a world-class rainforest discovery centre and eco-park set amid an ancient rainforest atop the storied Penang Hill, the gateway to the UNESCO Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve. Rediscover and reconnect with nature through age-old tales expressed in new and meaningful ways as you explore and experience the Malaysian rainforest from the forest floor to the tree-tops. Home to the iconic Langur Way Canopy Walk and Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk, The Habitat Penang Hill is a treasure trove of biodiversity, with over 2,500 unique species calling this ancient rainforest home.


Indrani Kopal

Indrani Kopal is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a Fulbright scholar and a former video journalist at Her documentary, “The Game Changer” was screened at 17 international festivals and won multiple awards, including the Best Short Documentary award at the 2014 Harlem International Film Festival and at the 2015 Cannes American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. In 2018, she was awarded the Mira Nair Award for Rising Female Filmmaker at the Harlem International Film Festival for her feature-length documentary, “Incarcerated Rhythm”. Indrani Kopal is the founder of Far East Documentary Centre and currently a senior lecturer at Taylor’s University in Malaysia.


Tunku Mona Riza

Tunku Mona Riza is a woman of expression! After graduating from New York Film Academy, the then television commercial director decided to pursue the path of producing and directing feature films. Tunku Mona’s asset is her passion for storytelling. With her strong sense of creativity and technical knowledge, she immediately earned her success with her second television film “Parit Jawa”, widening the window of creativity for the Malaysian film industry. Tunku Mona’s works are always based on detailed research materials and insights of true stories. With every story she tells, she does not only create it through the lens of film directing but also with her soul as though she is bringing life itself into her film. This can be seen through her debut feature film “Redha” which earned 17 coveted local and international awards, making it hold a record of the most awarded Malaysian film in the country. The internationally renowned film director shows that she has the cutting edge of making a simple story extraordinary.


Dennis Lai Chaing Ming

Dennis Lai Chaing Ming is a highly acclaimed film producer and screenwriter. He currently holds the position of president for the Chinese Film Association of Malaysia. He has been getting involved in film and television production as well as screenwriting on a full-time basis since 1989. He was a television assistant director and production manager up until 1996. Some of his most popular films include “The Iron Lady” (2009), “Ice Kacang Puppy Love” (2010), “King of Mahjong” (2015), “Let’s Eat!” (2016) and more.


17 July 2022


4.30pm - 7.00pm


Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk
@ The Habitat Penang Hill

Ticket Prices:

RM120, RM384 (Group of 4)

**Inclusive of Fast Lane Funicular Train Passes & Entrance Fee

Age Suitability:

4 years old and above

Announcement of Winners


24 July 2022



Streaming Platforms:

George Town Festival Facebook Page & YouTube Channel

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