MIRI, Sarawak, 22 April 2014: The annual Borneo Jazz now in its nineth year, will be hosted in Miri, Sarawak for two days of jazz music, Friday, 9 May and Saturday, 10 May.
Sarawak Tourism Board encourages festival goers to look out for promotional offers and discounts for on its website www.jazzborneo.com.
Promotions for the festival have been ongoing since January.
Tour agencies are packaging the festival to give their clients added value to their Malaysia holiday.
The line-up this year includes bands that will cover a wide range of jazz influences.
For the first time the festival will feature a band from Georgia. Iriao, an ethno-jazz band. Their repertoire has been recognised by UNESCO as being a masterpiece of oral immaterial heritage.
Brassballett from Germany – the first and only show worldwide where musicians play their instruments and dance at the same time.
Vocal Sampling – salsa band, and all-male a-cappella musical group from Cuba are crowd pleasers. In the last two years, a capella acts have been a show topper at Borneo Jazz.
Their album “Cambio de Tiempo” was nominated for three Latin Grammy Awards. Mario Canonge – a great virtuoso and showman playing creole jazz with West indies rhythms from Martinique/France, also a first Martinique band at the festival.
YK Samarinda from Indonesia who will feature Jazz from Samarinda with hints of Borneo flavours. Anthony Strong – hailed as “England’s new jazz superstar”, beat Gregory Porter, Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Jr. to become No. 1 on the iTunes and No.2 on the www.amazon.com jazz charts in the USA will entertain jazz enthusiasts.
“The lineup this year is without doubt an exciting one. We will be featuring bands from countries never featured before and also bands having repertoires that are unique. This will no doubt be the best jazz festival we have put together so far” said Dato’ Rashid Khan, CEO of Sarawak Tourism Board, the festival organiser.
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