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Got A Yearning For Free Music Lessons?

Got A Yearning For Free Music Lessons?

KUCHING, Tuesday – The Borneo Jazz “Outreach Programme,” a free music learning session, is back by popular demand and will be held over the festival weekend at ParkCity Everly Hotel, Miri.

The Programme is held on the Borneo Jazz festival days and provides aspiring musicians with teaching sessions led by professional performers, some of them veterans in mentoring the younger generation.

On Friday, May 12, the class called “Make Me Hip” teaches contemporary keyboard at 2.00pm to 3.30pm led by James Boyle of ‘Akademi Seni Budaya Dan Warisan Kebangsaan’ (ASWARA) College. The drumkit and percussions concert clinic, “I Got Rhythm!” will be at 4.00pm to 5.30pm on the same day, led by CaboCuba Jazz’s Nils Fisher and Armando Vidal.

On May 13, the class on improvising at the keyboard, “I Want To Break Free” is at 9.30am to 11.00am led by Michael Veerapen from the Michael Simon’s Asian Connection. The final class on brass instrument technique and tone production, “Blow Your Horn!” will be at 11.30am to 1.00pm and is led by Michael Simon and Terry Hsieh from Michael Simon Asian’s Connection.

The Programme was launched last year with one session on keyboard, and received great response from the public. Sarawak Tourism has decided to expand it further to incorporate a wider range of instruments.

It is also part of Borneo Jazz’s goal to not only promote the appreciation of music, but also encourage and further enhance the technical skills of local aspiring musicians especially the young.

Interested parties need to register in advance with the Miri Music Centre.  More information on the Outreach Programme can be found on the festival website at www.jazzborneo.com.

Borneo Jazz is organised by Sarawak Tourism, endorsed by Tourism Malaysia and is jointly supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Sarawak and partnering with Malaysia Airlines as the presenting sponsor.

CABOCUBA - Nils

Image shows CaboCuba Jazz’s Nils Fisher, co-conductor of the “I Got Rhythm!” Drumkit and Percussion Concert Clinic.

CABOCUBA - Armand

Image shows CaboCuba Jazz’s Armando Vidal, co-conductor of the “I Got Rhythm!” Drumkit and Percussion Concert Clinic.

BJ2017 Outreach James Boyle

Image shows ASWARA College’s James Boyle, conductor of “Make Me Hip!” Contemporary keyboard class.

MICHAEL SIMON - PubPhoto - Michael Veerapen-2

Image shows Michael Simon Asian Connection’s Michael Veerapen, conductor of “I Want to Break Free!” keyboard improvisation class.

MICHAEL SIMON - PubPhoto - Michael Simon

Image shows Michael Simon, co-conductor of “Blow Your Horn” brass instrument tone production and technique class.

BJ2017 MICHAEL SIMON outreach

Image shows Michael Simon Asian Connection’s Terry Hsieh, co-conductor of “Blow Your Horn” brass instrument tone production and technique class.

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About Sarawak Tourism

Introduction
Sarawak Tourism Board was incorporated under the Sarawak Tourism Board (Incorporation) Ordinance, dated 12 November 1994.

 Objectives

  • To achieve its objectives of increasing tourist arrivals into the state.
  • To create awareness among the trade, media and public of the diversity of Sarawak in terms of tourism products, both on a regional and international basis.
  • To position Sarawak as a prime destination for culture, nature and adventure tourism in the above areas.
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Borneo Jazz Open For Volunteer Applications

Borneo Jazz Open For Volunteer Applications

KUCHING, Tuesday – Grab the opportunity to volunteer at this year’s Borneo Jazz Festival before applications close on April 7.

Potential volunteers are encouraged to apply to the categories that best suit their physical capabilities and skills. The categories are liaison officer, stagehands, vendor management, merchandising, event secretariat, transportation, and media centre operations as well as survey and questionnaires.

All volunteers will receive a volunteer pass for access to the festival grounds, meal allowance, two volunteer t-shirts and a certificate of participation.

Aside from getting first-hand experience in the skills and effort that go into organising an event, volunteers are the ‘face’ of the Festival. Festival-goers will interact with volunteers throughout the festival, making them indispensable to the festival experience, as well as ambassadors of Sarawak hospitality and service.

The Festival will be celebrating its 12th edition on May 12 and 13 at ParkCity Everly in Miri.

To download the volunteer application form and for further information on application, visit https://jazzborneo.com/volunteers/

The Borneo Jazz Festival is organised by Sarawak Tourism, supported by Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak and Tourism Malaysia with Malaysia Airlines as Presenting Sponsor.

Volunteers - Festival

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The Borneo Jazz Festival Is Back

KUCHING – The Borneo Jazz Festival is back celebrating its 12th anniversary year from May 12 to 13 at ParkCity Everly in Miri.

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This year’s Festival features international Jazz names like Laila Biali from Canada, CaboCuba Jazz from the Netherlands and Delgres from Guadaloupe/France.

Laila was named the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year at Canada’s National Jazz Awards, while her album ‘Tracing Light’ was nominated for a JUNO award in ‘Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year’ in 2011. Laila has since gone on to become an internationally acknowledged vocalist and pianist with words of praise from artists such as Sting who said “Laila is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly”.

CaboCuba Jazz has toured through various Jazz Festivals such as the Havana Jazz Festival in 2014 and Israel tour in 2016 and the lead singer Dina Medina was “Best Female Singer of Cape Verde 2012”. The band formed in the Netherlands but the members and their music is rooted in Cuba and Cape Verde melodies, creating a fast-paced subgenre that borders on adventurous.

Delgres from the Netherlands showcases traditional Blues with an afro-Caribbean accent from the days of Napoleon, which will take you from Louisiana to Guadeloupe and back.

Bands from Japan, South Africa, Italy, USA, Taiwan and countries from around the world will be performing at the Festival.

The Festival will be expanding its musical outreach programme, where aspiring musicians can learn the basics of Jazz Keyboard from professional musicians, by introducing additional classes for percussions.

The Festival includes night performances with sitting and dancing areas and a wide lawn for night picnics surrounded by arts, crafts and food stalls.
Early bird festival tickets are available now and more information can be found at www.jazzborneo.com.

Borneo Jazz is organised by Sarawak Tourism, endorsed by Tourism Malaysia and is jointly supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Sarawak and partnering with Malaysia Airlines as the official sponsor.

BJ2017 ©Pierre Danae

Image shows Delgres band’s album art. Photo Credit: ©Pierre Danae

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Image shows Laila Biali, Jazz Pianist and Vocalist from Canada

Photo credit to Eric Van Nieuwland

Image CaboCuba Jazz, from the Netherlands. Photo credit to Eric Van Nieuwland.

 

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Rainforest World Music Festival offers special RM88.80 for its 20th Anniversary

Rainforest World Music Festival offers special RM88.80 for its 20th Anniversary

KUCHING, FridayThe Rainforest World Music Festival today launched its special RM88.80 entrance tickets in commemoration with its 20th anniversary celebrations.

Limited tickets will be put on sale and is only available online at http://rwmf.net/tickets/

“It’s a show of gratitude to our festival attendees, who come year after year with their family and friends. We wanted to give back to them somehow, and we want them to be there with us on this momentous occasion,” Director of Events and Corporate Relations, Madam Angelina Patricia Bateman said.

Starting with only a few hundred people in the audience in 1998, the Festival has grown to an internationally recognized music festival, receiving awards among them as one of the Top 25 Best International Festivals awarded by Songlines Magazine for the past six consecutive years.

The 20th edition of the Rainforest World Music Festival will be from July 14 – 16, 2017 and the event is supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia and Ministry of Tourism, Arts Tourism Sarawak and endorsed by Tourism Malaysia with Malaysia Airlines as partners.

RWMF2017-20th Anniversary Special 19Jan

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Rainforest World Music Festival 20th Anniversary Special Promotion

Rainforest World Music Festival 20th Anniversary Special Promotion

KUCHING, Monday – In celebration of the Rainforest World Music Festival’s 20th anniversary, Festival tickets will be sold at 20% off early bird prices, with the promotion starting on January 20.

The promotion is for a limited time only while stocks last, with 1,500 daily tickets up for grabs.

The discount is provided by the Festival organizer, the Sarawak Tourism Board, as a ‘thank you’ to the Festival’s ardent followers who come back every year.

“This year heralds 20 great years of world music in the rainforests of Sarawak and a collaboration between us, the organizers, and the audience who support us and make this festival possible”, says the Board’s Director of Events Corporate Relations, Madam Angelina Bateman.

The Festival will be held on July 14-16 at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Kuching, and will feature music from around the world on three stages, two outdoor and one indoor, mini sessions in the afternoon, workshops for children, drum circles, as well as a variety of food and a craft bazaar.

For the 20th edition, plans are in place to have more activities including holistic and wellness programmes which will begin as early as 11 in the morning.

“The 20th anniversary celebrations is going to be a HUGE EXPERIENCE and we are planning more activities around the music,” added Angelina.

Starting with only a few hundred people in the audience in 1998, the Festival has grown to an internationally recognized music festival, receiving awards among them as one of the Top 25 Best International Festivals awarded by Songlines Magazine for six consecutive years.

Festival tickets and updates are available online at www.rwmf.net.

The event is supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia and Ministry of Tourism, Arts Tourism Sarawak and endorsed by Tourism Malaysia with Malaysia Airlines as partners.

RWMF2016 Finale

Image shows the finale of the 2016 Rainforest World Music Festival.

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