Sunday, May 14, 2017

A night to remember at Borneo Jazz Festival 2017

MIRI: The first night performance of the Borneo Jazz Festival (BJF) 2017 on Saturday began with a fusion of contemporary jazz numbers by Fluorescent Collective – a brilliant group of musicians dabbling in multiple genres.

The band consists of students from the Berklee College of Music and eclectic musicians proficient in everything from rock to R&B and pop to blues, taking unique melodies and melding them with catchy, odd-time grooves.

Visitors didn’t let the heavy downpour put a damper on their enthusiasm as they waited for the show to begin, lifting their umbrellas above their heads and called for the show at ParkCity Everly Hotel’s stage-by-the-sea to commence.

It was a testament to the kindred spirit shared among jazz fans and enthusiasts at the Saturday night event, further emboldening the performing musicians.

Cabocuba Jazz, a band hailing from the Netherlands continued to keep the audience entertained by playing a mix of melancholic Cape Verde melodies and vigorous Cuban dance rhythms.

The audience sang and danced to their melodic, foot-tapping music before being moved by a more Afro-Carribean groove as trio Delgres took the stage, bringing an impressive ensemble of Delta Blues heavily influenced by Guadeloupe, Louisiana Blues and beyond.

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