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Date [ 2013-03-11, 11:40 ]

Get ready for some great jazz.

(Kuala Lumpur=Koreanpress) By Ramani Rathir = The Rainforest World Music Festival has already made a name for itself. Lesser known is the Borneo Jazz Festival. But it is getting there as its name change shows.

Previously it was the Miri Jazz Festival. The organizers felt it was time to have a changeover as the festival had been growing in stature, especially with jazz lovers and other jazz festivals in this region.  

Compared with the big boys, one has to admit it is still small. The venue, Park City Everly Hotel has yet to gain five-star status. Still, it is adequate enough to house the festival and its programmes. This is reflected in the single stage which is only occupied in the evenings with the music emanating at 7.30 pm to end at midnight. No late carousing here!

But the musicians are nothing to sniff at, for they come from across the globe with their own brand of special music. The US, Germany, Sweden, Canada, Australia and home grown boys from Sarawak and ASEAN countries, plus Japan and Hong Kong, make up that quite impressive list. . 

The Sarawak Tourism Board has made an early start on the ground work. It has already launched a T-Shirt Design Competition incorporating both the Borneo Jazz Festival and the Rainforest World Music Festival. Already  several colleges and universities have sent in their entries. Selected entries were put on exhibition at the main shopping malls in Kuching and the public given the choice of choosing the winner. Three of each design chosen as winners in the competition will become the official T-shirt design for the two festivals. They will be one of the main items to be sold at the merchandise stall that will be set up at the festivals.. At press time, no further information is available on the winners.
Another point of interest is that the Board has opened registration for volunteers for the twp festivals. Those interested may register on the Borneo Festival and Rainforest World Music Festival websites. Those selected will be notified via e-mail or telephone..

Project Manager, Qarmilla Chin feels the volunteers play a vital role in ensuring the smooth operations of the festivals. She is also pleased the volunteer programme has seen many repeat volunteers. Most volunteers from past events commented that they obtained invaluable experience from their stint at the festival...

The Borneo Jazz Festival, this year will be held on May 10 and 11, on the grounds of the Park City Everly Hotel. Those intending to attend would do well Ito buy a package. This includes a room at the hotel and a weekend pass to the festival.

If one is staying in Miri, it will take half-an hour by foot or RM18 in taxi fare to reach the hotel. Staying at the venue hotel could be a smart move, as it will save on travelling time.
Alex Lane has attended last year’s festival. He commented,”Miri is no jazz centre and therein lies the charm of this festival. It has a laidback atmosphere, one that brings you closer to the musicians. You learn to appreciate what talented musicians they really are. My advice, make it to the Borneo Jazz Festival before the rest of the world discovers it.”
 

The Programme

FRIDAY 10th MAY

7.30 – 8.30 pm WEST JAZZ BAND (Sarawak)

8.45 – 9.45 pm LISA YOUNG QUARTET (Australia)

10.00 -11. 00 pm SCOTT MARTIN LATIN SOUL BAND (West Coast USA)

11.15 – 12.15 pm THE NYLONS (Canada)

SATURDAY 11th MAY

7.30 – 8.30 pm THE ASIAN JAZZ ALLSTARS POWER QUARTET

(Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan)

8.45 – 9.45 pm HAZMAT MODINE (East Coast USA)

10.00 -11. 00 pm MO’BLOW – “GIMME THE BOOTS” RELEASE CONCERT (Germany)

11.15 – 12.15 pm JUMP 4 JOY (Sweden)

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