Sunday, April 25, 2010

5th Miri International Jazz Festival moved outdoors

MIRI : The magical sounds of jazz music will now fill the grounds of ParkCity as the 5th edition of the Miri International Jazz Festival (MIJF) has now been moved outdoors.

It was originally scheduled to be held at the Pavilion.

“Due to overwhelming response and feedback received from the public, we have, for this year, decided to move the stage outdoors. As such, this year’s MIJF will be one with a difference,” said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan.

Dr Chan, who is also Minister for Tourism and Heritage, said with the moving of the stage outdoors, the pavilion would be converted into a bar and dance floor where music would be manned by an international disc jockey (DJ).

Updating reporters on the MIJF here yesterday, Dr Chan said the festival, which had been enjoying a steady growth in recent years, would see performances from several foreign jazz bands. Their genre of jazz included blues, fusion, world, smooth and Latino beat.

“The bands that we will bring to you this time around will be James Cotton Blues Band from USA, Amina Figarova Sextet (Holland), Ricardo Hertz (Brazil), Mellow Motif (Thailand), Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder (USA), SimakDialog (Indonesia), Norbert Susemihl’s New Orleans All Stars (Denmark/Germany/USA) and Jeremy Tordjman (Switzerland).

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